Sunday, August 19, 2007

Rafiki and Meeku

We went to the Nine Lives Foundation shelter yesterday, and saw many many cute kittens and cats. At first, we were planning on either getting 2 kittens (since they have to be adopted in pairs) or getting just one young cat. There were 3 cats that we particularly felt a connection to. One of them is a grey domestic long hair cat, she's about 1 year old, and is very friendly and pretty. Then there were two other ones that were the sweetest and most affectionate cats. One of them is a tuxedo and likes to rub himself against our legs and will follow us around, but the sad thing is, one of his hind leg is somewhat paralyzed so he is a semi cripple. The other one is very friendly and likes to get close to your face to kiss you. That cat is really really big tabby which reminds me a lot of Toro. (She's actually even bigger than Toro!) All the kittens that we saw were little fur balls and really adorable. We were unable to decide what to do yesterday, so we left the shelter and came home.

At night, I started thinking about all the cats at the shelter. I was actually feeling very sad for all these homeless cats that do not have a home to go to. I think most of the kittens will get adopted since they are so playful and cute, but I am not so sure about the cats. We think the gray cat will be adopted since she very beautiful and has a friendly personality. We were not as sure for the crippled leg cat since he's not the cutest looking cat, and we feel very sad for his leg. This cat and the other big tabby also seems to be friends to one another, they were grooming one another when we were at the shelter, so we felt like we should adopt them both if we were to adopt either one since we don't want them to get lonely. The only thing that is preventing us from adopting 2 cats is that we have to pay pet rent for each animal that we have in the apartment. So anyway, after spending some time discussing what we should do, we finally made our decision. We will adopt both cats!

We went back to the shelter today and picked out both our cats. We feel very good about our decision. The volunteers at the shelter seemed very surprise when we decided to pick both of them since they like each other so much, and one of the girls told me that the tuxedo have been in the shelter for over a year now. We decided to name the tuxedo cat Rafiki and the tabby Meeku. Too bad Meeku has a rash on her back, so she is currently under treatment at the shelter. Hopefully we can pick her up next weekend. So in the mean time, we have Rafiki at our place. He is a very curious cat and can move very well despite his slight misfortune. He is now enoying his spot on the top of the cat tree that we splurge on, and is cleaning himself! Very cute!

Here are some pictures of Rafiki, we will post pictures of Meeku once we get her. Oh yeah, Meeku is currently overweight at 15 lbs, and we need to put her on a diet to get her down to around 10lbs.

We are looking forward to all the great times that we can share with our cats, and all the joy and company they will provide us.

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