Feb. 11th, 2008

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Saturday morning, [livejournal.com profile] snarkyman and I went over the day's plan. We'd visit (just visit) the cats up for adoption at the local adoption event run by a no-kill shelter, then go over to [livejournal.com profile] rosinavs's party in the evening. I reviewed my reasons why we don't want a cat: his allergies, our long hours away from the house during the day, blah blah blah.

Nice try. Instead we walked into the church classroom where the event was held, talked to a couple of kitties, and B beelined to this one little tabby. An adult, but still young, and very responsive to his murmured words and gentle petting. Could we take her out of the cage? No, we were told, but we could certainly open the cage and reach in. So endearing. So affectionate & demonstrative. How did she come to be at the shelter? Her original owner had been evicted in November, brought her two cats in, sobbing, no longer able to keep them. Would this cat be okay in a house by herself for long hours at a time? Yes, life at the shelter was stressing her out, she'd be fine alone. I had a turn reaching in to pet her, and she, I swear, leaned in to rub her face against both my cheeks, marking or greeting or maybe she'd learned it from the French. B said, "I want to adopt her."

A conversation, some documents exchanged, a quick trip home for B's checkbook, then a ride to PetSmart with our first-time-cat-parents checklist sketched out in the car - carrier, food, litter, toys... We returned to the event. Our little cat was there waiting for us. And home she came.

She is... affectionate, inquisitive, very well behaved, sneezing a bit (but we received meds we're giving her), not at all hiding under beds. Friendly to our friends (hurray!). Has yet to strike out at us for an unwanted caress. Graced with a sweet voice. Both B and I are smitten. We think she's a couple of years old. We're calling her Mina for now. She comes when she's called. She also comes when she's not called. She really likes people.

At [livejournal.com profile] rosinavs's party, I got lots of new-cat-parent advice from [livejournal.com profile] eudociainboston and others. Yay! And my best friend has already recommended the vets' office up the street from us.

I'm really happy to say that of the 14 or so cats at the adoption event, only 4 were still there by the time we came back to pick up Mina.

I think I'm going to like being her caretaker.

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