Monday, November 10, 2008

New Member of the Family - Meet Jack!

After 48 hours of grieving about Cosmo, we adopted another cat. His name is Jack.

We went back to Shamrock, the rescue organization, and told them how Cosmo was diagnosed with FIP and that we only had him for one year. They said we could pick out another kitty and they would waive the $85 adoption fee for us. That was very nice. We found an adorable tabby with white patches that stood out from the rest. They had named him Jack which seemed to fit his personality.

I always like to hear the story behind the kittens and how they came to be rescued. Jack's story is interesting, but sad. It seems a couple came into the pet store with three kittens (Jack and two litter mates). They said the cats were living near (or at) a reformatory in LaGrange, Kentucky (don't know how they came to be there) and they could no longer care for them. The couple actually walked out of the store and left the kittens behind. And it gets worse. Then they came back to the store shortly thereafter and tried to adopt a younger kitten. The lady from the rescue organization recognized the man and he left quickly. How awful is that?

When we held Jack we knew he was the one. We were hoping for a younger baby and Jack is 5 months old. However, it only took a few minutes to realize how sweet and affectionate he is. He purred incessantly, nuzzled in my hair, nuzzled around my neck, put both paws around my neck and bit on my nose (we call that a love bite). He knew all the things to do to win us over. Actually, I think HE chose US!

This second picture shows our cat Tucker giving Jack a stare down. Seconds later there was a long, low growl and then a hiss and they scattered. Jack is being submissive to Tucker, which helps. I hope it doesn't take too long for them to bond!


Kyfarmlife said...

So sorry to hear about Cosmo! I've been dealing with my cat and illness that cannot be defined. The Vet is thinking he has had some brain injury. How I have no clue, it could even be a brain tumor, I thought a month ago I'd loose him, but he is still with me and small improvements are happening slowly. If I could only get him to eat, he is abo 10 pounds under weight, and I'm not seeing any progress in that area....glad to see Jack has come to ease the pain. Yes it hurts and NO your not silly to cry!

ChezChani said...

What a cutie pie! Just make sure while Tucker is adjusting that you say hi to him first and give him affection first when you come in.
Awful that they wanted a younger smaller kitten. Do they not understand that they grow up? Disgusting. It's why I really only adopt adult cats now, the kittens are easier to place.

A Beaded Affair said...

Sad to hear about Cosmo. We lost a cat to FL and I know how hard it can be. Love Jack's look. I'm betting he will be a handful. Hope you enjoy.