Our Cats Find Us


Today’s heartwarming tail tale comes from Jo Singer, the “two-legged furless one” behind the wonderful site Purrabula – A Feline’s Search for Meaning. But before you mosey on over to read the musings of Jo’s three cats, why not learn about how the gang of three came to be and how Jo became their chosen one.

Our Cats find us: Don’t you agree?

My name is Jo Singer. My husband Marty and I live in Central Florida; after we transplanted ourselves to the Sunshine State in 2001. Kitties have captured our hearts forever.

First a little bit about me . . . and my life with cats.

Cats captured my heart when I was a little girl. My dad was an avid felineophile; my mother – not so much; so I wasn’t owned by kitties until I got married. One of my husband’s friends gave us a teeny black kitten as a wedding present. We named him Nemesis to fit his personality. We then adopted a black and white female kitty who we named Circe.

A few years later a friend gave us a Seal-point Siamese named Yo-Yo; a remarkably sweet, precious being. She brought so much joy into our lives and taught me a lot about felines in general.

I remarried in 1990. Thank goodness my second husband, Marty, loved cats. Through a set of miraculous circumstances, we were able to adopt two Oriental Shorthair kittens. We named the white one “Trouble”, since he always was getting into mischief. The lilac point had been named Hush Puppy, but a few years later we renamed him Dr. Hush Puppy. We also renamed “Trouble” to Sir Hubble Pinkerton; a name that was inspired by his adorable pink ears, nose and paw pads.

Our Cats Find Us
Sir Hubble Pinkerton

Sir Hubble Pinkerton and Dr. Hush Puppy were joined at the hip. They did everything together and were always curled up together in a ball when they weren’t flying around the house at breakneck speed. Sadly however, shortly after Dr. Hush Puppy turned 15, he became very sick. We tried everything to help make him better; to no avail. We couldn’t bear to see him suffering. It was then that we made that incredibly difficult decision to release him from his pain and suffering. His loving veterinarian gently transitioned him to the Rainbow Bridge in my arms, surrounded by those who loved him so deeply.

Sir Hubble pined for him. He roamed through the house calling for him. He slept in all the places they shared together. He grieved deeply. About two months later Marty and I decided that getting a kitten might help ease Hubble’s loneliness. It was around that time that Hubble stopped eating, so Marty and I went to Petco to buy several different varieties of cat food that might tempt Hubble’s appetite. We were suddenly drawn to the adoption area.

Suddenly a small black paw appeared from a cage, reaching out to us. It was then that we met Edgar Allen Poe – a five month old kitten who told us that he picked us to take him home. Without any hesitation we contacted Angels Have Whiskers; the shelter that had put him up for adoption. Two hours later Poe (the name he came with) was settling in our bedroom, but he told us that his name was really Edgar Allen Poe.

Our Cats Find Us
Edgar Allen Poe

After the two week isolation period was over, we slowly started introducing EAP to Sir Hubble Pinkerton. Hubble wanted nothing to do with the kitten. He didn’t appreciate EAP’s high energy play in the least. We tried site-swapping, we tried everything in the world to help these two kitties enjoy each other’s company, but it was not in the cards. Since we had made a commitment to EAP for life; rehoming him was out of the question. A veterinarian friend told me that the only solution was to get another kitten. I thought to myself if we get another Oriental Shorthair, it might be easier for Sir Hubble to relate with.

It turns out that I was right. Within a few weeks we met a breeder who had a kitten who also needed a home. She sent us photos. We were smitten with the kitten! Although it was hard for us to have to wait until he was old enough to leave his mom and sibling, we finally brought the stunningly beautiful kinked-tail blue ticked tabby home. We named him Aki.

Our Cats Find Us
Aki

To make a very long story shorter – Aki and Sir Hubble are starting to be joined at the hip. Aki plays with EAP. They also have a very special bond. Since they are always chasing each other around the house and finding great games to play, the don’t bother Sir Hubble at all. Hubble is an old man – 15 ½ years old with several serious health conditions. But he is so happy to be able to curl up with Aki, his new baby brother. While we still greatly miss Dr. Hush Puppy, Aki has also crawled into our hearts.

Our Cats Find Us
Edgar Allen Poe and Aki

Since EAP was never socialized with people as a young kitten and was shifted from shelters to fosters and then back to shelters, he missed out on early bonding with humans. He and Marty are finally bonding and EAP is showing him affection. I am hoping that EAP and I will soon bond more closely too.

We have three cats! They have all made a remarkable adjustment. Marty and I are overjoyed and feel so blessed that these kitties have found us. We love happy endings; don’t you too?

We do, Jo – we love a happy ending! Thank you for sharing the story of your three kitties with us. And we agree – our cats do find us!

Read more from Jo, Sir Hubble Pinkerton, Edgar Allen Poe and Aki at Purrabula.


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20 thoughts on “Our Cats Find Us

  1. I agree that our cats do find us, some of ours have literally shown up at our door. Thanks for introducing us to some new friends.

  2. What a wonderful story! So glad that Hubble has a new friend. I’m sure he misses his old buddy, too, but I’m glad this new little kitten can provide him with comfort and happiness.

  3. Such gawjus kitties. We’s glad there was a happy endin’. Me chose mommy as did sis Lexi befure me. Mommy sez dat da bond is greater when you let da kitty pick you.

    Luv ya’

    Dezi

  4. Such a beautiful kitty family! They sound like they are great together. Sometimes it takes time for everyone to bond. It is interesting how we all find each other. My Manna quite literally found us. She was a stray kitten at 3.5 weeks old. :)

  5. I totally agree that cats find us. I lived in the suburbs in a huge house. Had so many cats. Heartbroken after all passed away and decided to move to city and never have anything to do with cats ever again. Now my daughter and are feeding ten cats everyday!😀

  6. What a great story – we already adore Jo and Marty – but after reading this, we adore them more!! Purrs from Deb and the Zee/Zoey kitties

  7. Thanks for all the great feedback. I have been down with the Flu for almost a week now so haven’t been around much. Hopefully the boys will have a story of their own soon about what it has been like for them to have both Mamma Cat and Pappa Cat under the weather. We are so delighted that you enjoyed our story about how these kitties found us!! We are very lucky two-legged furless ones.

    1. Awwwe I love this story and nice to read about the furless two-legged ones too! Glad that you could work out the cat relationship dynamics and make Mr Hubble Pinkerton happy again. We have a 15 year old Asian blue ticked tabby (Earl Grey) who has the same coat as your Aki. Beautiful cats and I hope you have many more delightful years with them!

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