The Cat Who Adopted Us: Send Us Your Pet Rescue Stories


MEDINA, Ohio – We had no plans to adopt a kitten that day. My daughters and I had just walked into PetSmart to buy bedding for our hamster. But sure enough, we had to wander around the kitten cages for ooh and ahh on the adorable felines.

We hadn’t had a cat in the house for several years, after our beloved Spike passed away at the age of 18. We were a busy family, as are young families these days, always running for school events, sports and other activities. The hamster was about our speed.

But there we were, in front of the display of kittens looking for a home. And there he was, a little ball of black hair with long hair – and he had an eye on my teenager. She went down one side of the kennel. He jumped after her, dodging the other kittens, food bowls and litter boxes. She came back the other way. He followed her.

This went on for a while, until my daughter and her sister begged me to ask to meet him. I’m a softie, so in the visitation room we went. And when we got out, Elmo came with us – a surprise birthday “present” for my unsuspecting husband.

It was in 2008. Elmo quickly moved into our home. He was cute and cuddly, loved to play with toys and had more than enough energy to keep up with our youngest daughter, who even “taught” him to play ball and soccer goalie.

Yes, our “furry fuzzy” has had a great life. Until the intruders arrive. First, it was my eldest daughter Ula’s kitten, adopted to keep company with our recent college graduate as she graduated from college.

Elmo tolerated Ula, but was happy to see her move into her own apartment. It didn’t even bother him particularly when she came home for an occasional visit.

Then, three and a half years ago, Stoop Cat arrived on our porch and finally moved inside and made himself into his home. Stoop Cat loves to play and doesn’t really understand why the senior feline is getting so cranky about it.

Yet Elmo is aware that he still has a good life. He gets all the food he wants, yogurt treats and licks, the occasional hug when he initiates them, and quiet moments on the couch next to mom at night.

Not bad for a cat we hadn’t seen coming all those years ago.

Anne Normand,

Medina


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