Well, that was fast! I had just introduced you to Zest last week, but I knew that she wouldn’t be with us in foster for long, as she’s just too darn cute! That, and someone texted with interest in her the very first day we brought her home. So, we enjoyed Zest’s short stay while it lasted…and completely fell in love with her.
Because her new mom is local to us, I offered to drive Zest to her new home, which is exactly what Ross and I did over the holiday weekend. Having never delivered a cat to her forever home before, I wasn’t sure what to expect. But let me tell you, Zest has found her perfect forever home!
Zest and Q
We stayed with Zest for about an hour and a half, chatting with Zest’s new mom (Shirley), and watching Zest settle in. Zest has a new brother as well! Shirley had previously adopted a cat from Best Friends Animal Society – Los Angeles, so now Zest will get to romp around with Q – a tripod cat whose foster/adoption story you can watch here. Shirley makes an appearance toward the end. (It’s definitely worth the watch!)
Q and Zest are very close in age, Q about 1.5 yo and Zest 1 year and seven months. They will be best buds in no time at all.
Here are two shots of Zest in her new home while we were still with her. We brought her blanket from our house so she’d feel comfortable. And coincidentally, Shirley has the same ball track toy that Zest loved playing with at our house.
Giving up Zest was extremely hard (there may have been a tear or two shed in private), and I’ll admit that I wanted to foster fail. But there is no point in foster failing when there’s an adopter ready to go (and a perfect one at that!). I will miss her terribly, though…Zest was so playful and loving, feisty and silly, and a purr-filled lap cat!
Shirley, who is the sweetest woman, has already sent us an update. The first evening, she advised that Zest walked around her new domain, napped and was closely watched by her new brother Q. The second update I received just last night, and it included this picture of Q and Zest checking each other out. Shirley said they’re already wrestling together and having fun!
Also, Zest not only has a new home, but she also has a new name! Shirley was thinking about calling her Minnie, which Ross and I thought was perfect for her (remember, she’s only four pounds!). But her grandson wanted to name her Rosie. So, Zest is now Minnie Rose. A perfect name for a perfect kitty!
One Last Thing
Zest (I mean Minnie) is clearly not blind, as initially suspected at the shelter. She never bumped into anything at our house. The only real clue that she may have a hard time seeing was when she’d climb down from my lap. She’d go slow, reaching her feet out until they touched the ground, kind of sliding down off my lap. It’s more like she just has a depth perception issue.
Okay, one more one last thing…Here are a couple clips of Zest playing while in foster with us. The last clip I call her lazy playing.
Zest, you will be missed! But I know you’re in your perfect home with your perfect new name!