After a period of mourning, my family decided to get another cat. We scoured the local animal shelters but it was in PETCO that we saw our next adopted baby (or babies). The Island Cat Resources & Adoption (ICRA) is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization based in the city of Alameda. They provide foster care for rescued cats and spay and neuter feral cats that are then released back into the wild. If you would like to volunteer, foster, or donate money please click on this link: http://www.icraeastbay.org/ They were conducting an adoption center within PETCO and that's where my family and I fell in love with Alvin & Theodore (no there isn't a Simon..WE WISH). They were brothers, both manxes, and had the most adorable little nubs for tails. One was a short-hair. He was grey with a white under belly and grey stripes. He had the most adorable pink nose. That was to be our Theodore. A very appropriate name because he became a bit of a chunky baby. Alvin was a puffball. A long-haired cat that was pretty much grey all over except for his belly, which was a light tan color with curly hair (yes CURLY!), and throat, which was white. (We learned later that he definitely earned his name "Alvin" by being a naughty, mischievous baby who liked to get into everything.) We didn't set out to get TWO cats but these two had such pronounced personalities and they couldn't be separated. We adopted them both and never regretted it for a moment. When I moved out, Theodore and Alvin stayed with my mom. Currently, Alvin stays with my brother and Theodore stays with my mom.
It's definitely true what they say...when you have a pet, they're no longer just an animal. They become a part of your family. You're happy when they're happy. You're sad when they're sad or ill. This was why I had to adopt a cat when I had a place of my own (living with bf/husband). First came Haley, a big, grey kitty (we think she may be a chartreux) then (as a playmate and sister) Rowan, a tabby with cute spots on her belly. They are so adorable and I love them to pieces. Haley is a bit of a bratty, drama queen and Rowan is playfull and friendly. Sometimes they don't get along because of their opposite personalities. Haley likes to spend time sleeping and cleaning herself (spoiled princess) and Rowan is just playfull like a puppy all the time. But I do see them cuddling with each other more often than not. I was bored last night and I compiled a cute little video slideshow of the best pictures I've taken of the two. I hope you enjoy.
Pets are amazing and bring joy to their families on a daily basis. Don't buy...ADOPT! There are so many babies out there that need forever homes.