When our 7.5 year old sable Burmese cat Jasper died of lung cancer, I was so sad he wouldn’t be spending Halloween with us! He liked to watch the action and was very curious. He might come back as a friendly ghost I said, in reference to Casper, the cartoon character who was the ghost of a boy who had died of pneumonia.
Since the Burmese breeders we had our minds set on wouldn’t have any kittens available until spring, we thought why not rescue some cats if we can? We decided Sunday to give the Moncton SPCA a try. We first had our eyes on a Siamese mix cat but then we saw two white siblings trying to get our attention. They were one year and one month old and their names were Sampson and Delilah. Sampson was very playful and showing us his new mouse and how good of a hunter he was. Delilah was very shy and stayed at the back tucked in the traveling cage. We weren’t able to handle them but we could tell Sampson was smart: he was trying to seduce us because of course he could tell we would be perfect masters! We filed an application and as we weren’t able to put a reservation on them I was so anxious not knowing if we’d be able to get them on time. On our way back home it started to hail and all became white…
Monday evening, after a stressful day of waiting for a phone call from the SPCA, we went to pick up the cats. We made sure our cat room was ready for them and stopped by the pet shop to get some pheromone spray, a catnip banana (was one of Jasper’s favorite toy) and a Kickaroo. We had some time with them in the play room and Delilah was very shy and afraid, standing low in one corner avoiding eye contact. We were so happy she wasn’t deaf! That is thanks to the tiny barely noticeable grey spot on her head; most white cats with blue eyes are deaf. Even though she didn’t let us touch her or come near her, we were still willing to adopt her as we didn’t want to separate them. I was hoping she wouldn’t be like this forever. Sampson was playing and jumping everywhere growling and hissing any time his sister came near him to play. The cats went into the carrying cage without any fuss and they were quiet and so relaxed on the way home! It seems like they were happy to finally get out of there. The car was quiet compared to the shelter with all the dogs barking and cats meowing.
That night, their names changed and they became Casper and Lily; quite a ways from Spotty and Spotta (the original name their previous owner gave them). After a restful sleep, Lily turned from a lily of the valley to a white lily growing towards the sun.
Tuesday evening we brought them to the vet. Exactly one week after Jasper passed away, we were back at the vet and this time it was all cuddles and good times. What a difference. They all thought the cats were beautiful and were impressed at how well they behaved and how they were affectionate. They are very friendly and not afraid to travel. They said we were lucky… and at the SPCA they said the cats had won the lottery! We think the SPCA was a step up from where they were before… so from there to here is definitely the biggest jackpot! They can’t even imagine what is waiting for them behind the door…
Casper and Lily gained one pound each while at the SPCA and for Lily that was 20% of her weight! The poor thing must have been skinny! Skinny and dirty with her ears full of ear mites and she had fleas. They were able to gain that much weight on a very low daily calorie intake; a quarter cup of dry food twice a day each.
They are quarantined in a room because they need some treatments for about 2 weeks. Alaska is anxious to meet them and I am sure they are anxious as well to meet her. Dami bought a webcam so we can keep an eye on them from our computers or at a distance on our smart phones and even control it! It’ll be interesting to see the dynamics when they meet Alaska!
I hope she’ll like her new friends. We’ll have to wait two more weeks!