No matter what we tried to do my seven year old son cried heavy deep tears for Bell. We went to the county fair and bought funnel cake and watched fireworks but the tears kept flowing. Jaydon cried deep deep tears as well right in the middle of the fireworks. He couldn’t have cared less about them, but would have if the circumstances were different. Seeing my kids’ pain left a hole in my heart and I was trying to figure out how to fill that hole. Scott came home on a Monday and said I almost stopped by the humane society to pick up a cat and bring it home to the kids but he feared that I would be upset with him if he did that. Scott too felt that hole and need to relieve the kids’ sadness.
We went a few days without having Bell around and it just felt strange. There was no kitty forcing her way into the pantry for her treats or food. There was no kitty rubbing up around my feet as I washed dishes and no kitty laying at the bottom of our feet at night. It felt strange. The house felt emptier, her presence clearly missed every time she was supposed to appear somewhere but didn’t.
Scott had researched pets at the Humane Society and wanted me to consider keeping Braidy’s act of pursuing responsibility alive by getting a new cat. I wasn’t sure we were ready for a new cat, but I decided to entertain the thought. We talked about the pros and cons that evening until we agreed to meet the next day at the humane society. We kept it a surprise for the kids until we got there.
Braidy was cautiously excited when we pulled up the Humane Society. He thought maybe there was a mistake and we came back to get Bell. But Scott clarified that we were there to see if we could give a kitty a new home. He quickly got excited!
As we entered the Humane Society and were directed to the cats, we walked through many rows of kitties until we found a colony of kittens. There was one in particular that I had seen on the Humane Society website that I was interested in seeing. Her name was Charlie, she had a sister named Stevie. As we were walking down the aisles I spot the information sheet hanging outside of one of the cat colonies for Charlie. We looked at her playing through the glass window. She was happy!
We were able to sit in the colony with the cats and play with them and after some interactions with Charlie, Stevie, Oreo and some other kitties, Charlie won our hearts as she attacked Jaydon’s shoes with the inner ferocious lioness within her. She was not skittish or fearful of us. In fact her paperwork said she loved her humans and needed to be with them and that she would be perfect for kids.
So we brought Charlie home. She did not like the car ride home and mewed the whole way, but as soon as we got her set up in our basement bathroom and brought her out of the box, she purred and played with us for over an hour. My children’s hearts were filled with love and excitement. It was a good match for us for sure!
Since we got her about two week ago, she has been everything you’d expect to have in a kitten. She has been a blast, and she’s been naughty too, but she fits right in and the kids adore her and have kept up with the kitty chores.
I also want to take this time to talk you about pet insurance. I didn’t know anything about pet insurance with my previous pets. I’m betting its a pretty new thing and I’m happy for it. With Bell we were facing a $2500 teeth extraction bill from the vet. She had stomatitis and we were setting up payments with the vet to get a few of her teeth extracted at one time so we could afford it. When we adopted Charlie, they told us about Trupanion.com. I was very interested in learning about what it covered and if it would be worth it to sign up. The first 30 days of service with Trupanion are free after signing up with just a $250 deductible per incident if anything happens and you need to take your pet in. After you have signed up, coverage starts immediately, from day one! I loved reading that! Not only that, 90% of all veterinary costs due to injury or illness are covered. I think insurance for your pet is a wonderful thing to have and hopefully you find this information helpful for your pet companion as well.
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