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Friday, September 9, 2016

Kai's 5th adoptiversary

5 years ago today I adopted my first cat. Well, technically I had a cat named Kitty when I was a toddler, but I don't remember her. After she passed away my mom said, "no more cats, I'm too allergic", so I grew up with only dogs in my house.

Anyway, I was living in my first apartment, away from my beloved dogs, and so bored and lonely. I wanted to adopt a dog of my own so badly, but my apartment was tiny and the "pet rent" was ridiculous-- $200 up front and $50 each month. So I decided to get a cat instead. Why? Because they're furry, adorable, and unlike dogs, easy to hide from landlords. (I do not recommend hiding pets from landlords. Not one of my best decisions.)
Kai's Petfinder photo...he was so little!
I went to a local feral cat rescue (they trap/neuter/return feral cats and find homes for feral kittens), to see what they had and instantly fell in love with Kai, who was named Grayson at that point. Before he was picked up by the rescue he was living in a feral cat colony under a mobile home in a neighboring town. Thankfully, the rescue got him 1 day before a bad hurricane hit. Honestly, I had no clue what the difference between stray and feral was when I adopted 4 month old Kai. I was so upset because he wouldn't cuddle with me, or even sit on my lap. I was freaking out, afraid that he hated me and would be distant his whole life.
Fast forward to present day. Kai sleeps on my feet every single night and follows me everywhere. Since adopting Kai, when I lived in Virginia, I have moved 6 times with him-- a total of about 2,657 miles. Before I moved to Maine from Florida, peopled suggested that I give Kai away to a new home instead of driving all the way to Maine with him. Not only was Kai a perfect angel during the move, but I could never abandon him like that. When I adopted Kai, I promised the rescue and Kai that he would always have a home with me. As cheesy as it may sound to some, Kai is my baby. He is my family and he is not disposable. I am so happy to have reached this milestone with Kai and I'm looking forward to many more.

Oh, and you know how my mom said she was "too allergic" for us to have cats? Since I moved out of her house 5 years ago, she has adopted 6 cats. Pffft.

If you are considering adding a new furry friend to your family, I implore you to adopt and never shop (meaning: adopt from shelters & rescues, don't buy from breeders & pet stores) and always spay and neuter your animals. Check out Alley Cat Allies to find out more about feral cats and what you can do to help them.
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