MEDINA, Ohio — We weren’t planning to undertake a kitten that day. My daughters and I had simply popped into PetSmart to select up some bedding for our hamster. However in fact we needed to take a stroll again to the kitty cages to ooh and ahh over the cute felines.

We hadn’t had a cat in the home for a number of years, after our beloved Spike handed away on the ripe previous age of 18. We had been a busy household, as younger households are as of late, all the time working from side to side for college occasions, sports activities and different actions. The hamster was about our pace.

However there we had been, in entrance of the show of kitties on the lookout for a house. And there he was, somewhat, longhaired, black ball of fur – and he had his eye on my teenager. She walked down one aspect of the kennel. He hopped after her, dodging different kittens, meals bowls and litter containers. She walked again the opposite method. He adopted her.

This went on for some time, till my daughter and her sister begged me to ask to satisfy him. I’m a softie, so into the visiting room we went. And once we got here out, Elmo got here with us – a shock birthday “current” for my unsuspecting husband.

That was in 2008. Elmo rapidly settled into our family. He was cute and cuddly, cherished to play with toys and had greater than sufficient power to maintain up with our youthful daughter, who even “taught” him to play fetch and soccer goalie.

Sure, our “furry fuzzy” loved a great life. Till the interlopers arrived. First, it was my older daughter’s kitten, Ula, adopted to maintain our current faculty graduate firm as she moved on to grad college.

Elmo tolerated Ula, however was blissful to see her transfer off to her personal condo. He didn’t even notably thoughts when she got here residence for the occasional go to.

Then, three and a half years in the past, Stoop Cat arrived on our entrance porch and ultimately moved inside and made himself at residence. Stoop Cat likes to play, and doesn’t actually perceive why the senior feline will get so grumpy about it.

Nonetheless, Elmo is conscious that he has a great life anyway. He will get all of the meals he desires, treats and licks of yogurt, the occasional cuddle when he initiates it and quiet time on the sofa subsequent to Mother within the evenings.

Not unhealthy for a cat we didn’t see coming all these years in the past.

Ann Norman,



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