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After Jack died, it was a while before we could even think of… 
27th-Feb-2013 12:39 pm
After Jack died, it was a while before we could even think of adopting another cat; we'd really only gotten to that point when Tor suddenly died.

To my surprise, Elayna was ready for a new cat ASAP; she says she'll do better with a new little friend. Judah wasn't ready, though, so we were looking into rodents or reptiles.

And then Max set us all straight.

Max is a chocolate-point Siamese. The first thing people usually say when they find out I have a 'mese is "Oh, he must be really vocal!" But Max has always been a quiet cat. You can hear his purr from across the room, but he has never been chatty like most Siamese cats.

Until Jack died. He and Jack were brothers - not biologically, but they were bros, man. So Max started to get chattier, maybe just to fill the silence. (Jack was a big talker.)

And then Tor died.

And we have not had a single night since where he has not been YOWLING.

He and Tor weren't close. But he is alone now in a way he hasn't been in a decade. And he hates it. Whenever someone is in the room with him, he is on that person like white on rice. When he's alone - *yoooowwwwwwwwlllll* He is clearly, painfully, terribly lonely.

So Max has made that decision for us. We all agree that we need another cat, if only to keep our poor little old man company.

So we are officially in the market.

We are looking at shelter kitties. We're especially open to adult cats, which are harder to place than kittens. We'd love a bonded pair. Basically, if a cat is harder to place for any other reason than FIV/FeLK or expensive medical needs, we would like to see if that's the cat(s) for us. (Kittens are easy to adopt out. Kittens don't need us. Adult cat who needs daily inexpensive medicine? We can do that, and not everyone can.)

So locals, if you see anything cross your internets regarding cats who need a home in a hurry, do let me know. My Max needs new friends.
27th-Feb-2013 05:47 pm (UTC)
You've all been in my thoughts through this and, despite feeling for your loss and as a lover of rescuing adult cats, this is a beautiful story and I thank you for sharing it. <3
27th-Feb-2013 06:01 pm (UTC)
If you think Max and Mittens might get on, we are still keeping an eye out for a quieter home for him. He would probably do best as an only cat, but it's really dogs and small children who seem to offend him. He's started using the litterbox again in the past couple of months. Mostly he needs quiet. Slippers bullies him and Miles torments him and Quinn tries to eat him, and he's not really happy here. If you want to try introducing them and seeing if by some chance they get along, I'm willing to make that happen.
27th-Feb-2013 06:01 pm (UTC)
We could give that a try!
27th-Feb-2013 06:29 pm (UTC)
I don't know when or how we could get him down there for an introduction though. Still sick! And still dealing with fallout from That Thing At Tufts Medical Center.
27th-Feb-2013 06:29 pm (UTC)
Maybe we could let them FaceTime or Skype?
27th-Feb-2013 07:13 pm (UTC)
I've put the question to Adam - his only rule has been "no tuxedo cats" because they remind him painfully of Jack, but we'll see what he thinks! I sent him pics from your Flickr.
27th-Feb-2013 07:28 pm (UTC)
Adam says his patterning is way too similar to Jack's; it would hurt every time he saw him out of the corner of his eye. :( (We're still not over losing our doofy little boy, and also wouldn't get another tiger tabby at this time for similar reasons.) I'm sorry!
27th-Feb-2013 08:41 pm (UTC)
Totally understandable, and it sounds like you guys need a kitty sooner rather than later anyway. Go for a ginger! They are devilish cats, but so sweet.
27th-Feb-2013 06:50 pm (UTC)
When we moved in here with just Win$ton, he spent the whole second week (after he got out from under our covers) looking for other cats. Thus we had to get Dee.
27th-Feb-2013 07:36 pm (UTC)
Have you searched on petfinder.com?
27th-Feb-2013 07:40 pm (UTC)
Yep! We have an application in on a bonded pair I found there. But sometimes people have friends who are looking for homes for pets before bringing them to a shelter, and I know people who volunteer at shelters and might already know a cat who'd be perfect for Max...
27th-Feb-2013 07:50 pm (UTC)
I found two of my cats (a bonded pair, adopted as kittens and returned a year old because they're "too needy") via petfinder, so I like it a lot.
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28th-Feb-2013 03:00 am (UTC)
Thanks for the assist! :)

I just hope that an adult cat would be good with joining a new home that already has an adult cat.

That's why I'm interested in a bonded pair; I'll already know that they interact well with other cats!
27th-Feb-2013 08:23 pm (UTC)
I have some peeps in the New England area, I'll poke them. Can I suggest a black cat? They are apparently harder to adopt out because of prevailing (and ridiculous) superstitions about black cats.
28th-Feb-2013 02:57 am (UTC)
I have never understood this. I have a adorably cute but shy old man of a black cat that I've had since he was a kitten and he's an awesome cat.
28th-Feb-2013 03:00 am (UTC)
We would *love* a black cat.
27th-Feb-2013 08:23 pm (UTC)
I just wanted to say how awesome it is that you are looking at the harder-to-place babies, I do the same thing when I go wistfully stare into all the cages and am reminded that my mother would kill me if I brought home a kitty.
Best of luck in finding your new furry family member!
27th-Feb-2013 10:51 pm (UTC)
We got our amazing 6yo cat from Broken Tail Rescue, which works out of the alewife petsmart.

I also think a tortoiseshell cat would be a perfect match for you and yours. All my torties have opinionated, quirky and extremely lovey.
28th-Feb-2013 03:01 am (UTC)
We've filled out the application for a bonded pair there; wish us luck! (And we love torties!)
28th-Feb-2013 12:37 am (UTC)
The only adult cats I know needing homes right now are in Manassas, VA. mjlayman died recently, leaving two cats who need a home. I think they've found a foster home outside DC, and it's a long way to travel, but... fannish connections.
28th-Feb-2013 03:02 am (UTC)
I'm sorry for your loss. :(

Do you know anything about the cats? Appearance, personality?
28th-Feb-2013 04:03 am (UTC)
I only knew Marilee online, but she was Good People, and her presence will be much missed.

They're about four years old, named Junie and Loki, and Junie can open doors. I'm going through Marilee's LJ (I mostly knew her from Making Light) to see if I can find more cat details.

Some contact info here:
28th-Feb-2013 04:05 am (UTC)
Eight-hour drive. *wince*
28th-Feb-2013 04:16 am (UTC)
I know. As I said, not close, but I did know of these two cats. Figured I'd mention them, anyway.
28th-Feb-2013 05:45 am (UTC)
More details: they are eight years old, Junie has a lot of Russian Blue in her, and takes BuSpar in pill pockets; Loki is long-haired, though I don't know what color, and has big curly whiskers. Loki might also take a medication, not sure. They both enjoy human company. Loki is a fraidy-cat about new things and noisy things; Junie can be aggressive, or at least was to a now-deceased very small older girl cat (hence the BuSpar). Both of them like balls and catnip toys; Junie is also passionately fond of cardboard boxes and crumpled paper. They like kitty structures and sleeping with humans, and they like each other.

Given Junie's personality I don't know if she'd be a good choice for company for Max (the sweetie). But if you think it'd work, I would be happy to be transportation. It's SOMETHING I could do.
28th-Feb-2013 06:08 pm (UTC)
We do love Russian blues, but I worry about putting a potentially aggressive cat with my grieving little-old-man-cat. :(
28th-Feb-2013 06:20 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that struck me as potentially less than awesome.
28th-Feb-2013 01:18 am (UTC) - Good luck!
I hope they all get along because it's never easy introducing cats to each other.
28th-Feb-2013 03:30 am (UTC)
Brekke has a friend in Tulsa who has a sweet calico she's trying to find a home for... she's a pregnant kitty who wandered to their door, but they're already at their cap on animals.

However, she's a: pregnant, and b: in Tulsa. Do you want me to get you more info?
28th-Feb-2013 06:07 pm (UTC)
*sad headshake* I'm sure they can find someone local, though!
28th-Feb-2013 08:34 pm (UTC) - Siamese Rescue?
By sheer coincidence, I visited Siamese Rescue for the first time in a while. [I blogged today about missing my kitty after ten years.]

Siamese Rescue has a bonded pair in Massachusetts named Maxx and Memo. A different foster mom in MA has a single cat named Ling who gets along with other cats.

Edited at 2013-02-28 08:35 pm (UTC)
28th-Feb-2013 11:54 pm (UTC)
A friend of mine is looking to rehome her middle-aged female Maine Coon, who recently hasn't been getting along with her brother. I figured it'd be worth passing along anyway, even if Calliope's situation might not work well with Jack's; perhaps somebody else local-to-the-Boston-area is looking for their first cat?

Pic of Calli with a ridiculous hat.

Edit: I know the difference between a href and img src, really.

Edited at 2013-02-28 11:54 pm (UTC)
1st-Mar-2013 05:58 pm (UTC)
Looks like she wants to be an only cat...
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