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Count Ampersand Vorcattigan Engineer the 3rd 
4th-Mar-2013 10:25 am
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Behold the new cat in all his glory.

As planned, we went to the MSPCA shelter on Saturday. Elayna and I both had a strong feeling that we would find Our Cat that day; the guys were trying to manage our expectations, but we could not be managed!

Our criteria were mostly visual: The cat could not be a tuxedo (like Jack) or a tabby (like Tor). Obviously, the cat had to potentially get on well with other cats. We ruled out a lot of the cats at the shelter just based on those initial criteria. (Anyone in Boston who wants just one cat: they have a gorgeous tortie there.) Based on initial exploration, we were considering one of the four black cats.

And then we walked into one of the cat rooms (most of the cats are in multi-level cages).

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And this guy trotted up to us like "Oh, there you are. Let's go!"

We was friendly, he was playful, he was sweet, he was enormous and incredibly soft, and we were all instantly in love. Oh, cat. Omigosh.

But he was twelve. We were looking for a young cat. There was one out in a cage who was three, beautiful white cat with heterochromia, seemed marvelous, did headbutts...

But this guy. This guy was our guy.

In the shelter, he was named Bunz. YES WITH A Z. He is not a Bunz. When you pet him, you can see why they called him that - he is floofy like an angora bunny! But he's not a Bunz.

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Reader, we adopted him. We brought him home. He pooped himself in the car, all over that long fur! Judah and I did our best to clean him when we got home, but... he needed a bath to get it all out.

And this cat who had known us for hours submitted to Judah giving him a bath. And, as soon as the shower door was opened, went right back to purring and giving him love. We brought people up to meet him that night; every time, he came right out and said hi. He loves people. He loves belly rubs. He purrs constantly.

His name is Count Ampersand Vorcattigan Engineer the 3rd.

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We'd been saying for years that we wanted one of stealthcello's Maine Coons as our next cat. She's taking a break from breeding, though. So we resigned ourself to waiting.

But Ampersand? Ampersand is one enormous cat, with the galumphy paws and the epic ruff, and if he's not part Maine Coon I'll eat my hat.

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He and Max have checked each other out on opposite sides of an open door, and neither reacted negatively. Ampersand will get checked out at the vet Thursday, and then we'll begin their introductions.

I think Max will love him, though.

We already do.
Comments 
4th-Mar-2013 03:38 pm (UTC)
Heartwarming :-) Give The Count some lovin from me.
4th-Mar-2013 03:39 pm (UTC)
We will. :)
4th-Mar-2013 03:38 pm (UTC)
Count Vorcattigan, of the Exploding Cat Plot?
4th-Mar-2013 03:42 pm (UTC)
Very dignified and regal.
4th-Mar-2013 04:00 pm (UTC)
Oh. My. Various. Transdimensional. Gods.
He is beautiful. He is beyond beautiful. He is wordlessly beautiful. He looks half his age. He looks AMAZING. He looks so very regal.
And he looks like he belongs there, with you. He chose you. He knew you. He has been waiting twelve years just for you guys.
Congratulations. May he live long and prosper.
4th-Mar-2013 04:02 pm (UTC)
Also, I hope the heterochromia cat picks a wonderful human, too.
4th-Mar-2013 04:03 pm (UTC)
Have you read Seanen McGuire? This new cat who has claimed all y'all - he clearly has Tybalt Tendencies. Beautiful and kingly; possessed of a great and furry dignity. That right there is a Cat Who Knows.

I forsee much Reading With Cat in Lap in your collective future.
4th-Mar-2013 04:04 pm (UTC)
Wow, he is gorgeous. Wishing you lots of luck and many happy years.

(Which reminds me, now that Arisia and Boskone are over, L and I should go back to looking for another cat for Arthur.)
4th-Mar-2013 04:10 pm (UTC)
Bravo!
4th-Mar-2013 04:11 pm (UTC)
Yaaaaay!!!!!
4th-Mar-2013 04:12 pm (UTC)
♥ So much floofiness!
4th-Mar-2013 05:53 pm (UTC)
OMG the bellyfloof. And he loves belly rubs.
4th-Mar-2013 04:13 pm (UTC)
He looks so adorably floofy and snuggly.
4th-Mar-2013 04:31 pm (UTC)
He is a beautiful cat indeed, and I look forward to meeting him as soon as I'm well enough to venture out of Concord again. And yes, that is some Maine Coon right there. Mischief had a tiny bit, we think, based on his belly fluff and his enormous paws, and I have another friend who adopted a tiny fluffy ginger kitten who promptly expanded into FLOOOOF. They are great cats. Someday perhaps I will have a full-blooded Maine Coon. It might teach Quinn some humility.
4th-Mar-2013 04:31 pm (UTC)
Awww, what a beautiful fluffy kitty! I'd say he definitely picked you guys out (they do that, you know; Jezebel definitely picked me) because he knew you were just what each of you needed. Give him plenty of cuddles for me, OK?
4th-Mar-2013 04:35 pm (UTC)
He bears a striking resemblance to my part Maine Coon, Morally Ambiguous Cat.

I wish you all the very best of times together.
4th-Mar-2013 04:37 pm (UTC)
What a very pretty kitty! Also, somebody is a Bujold fan... :)
4th-Mar-2013 04:39 pm (UTC)
He looks lovely!
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