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Sharing the Bad News & Introducing the Newcomers

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The bad news: Jeff, my adorable ginger cat, died on October 1st hit by a car. It was quite a shock and I'm still troubled by what happened. He was a young, healthy cat and simply shouldn't have died like that. The top photo is the last one I took of him, a week before the accident. He was incredibly sweet and affectionate and will always be remembered for it.

For a long time before his dead I had been trying to adopt Saphira, an adult stray cat that used to show up at our door to steal Jeff's food. So she's not exactly a newcomer, but after he died I got even more serious about it and looked for some comfort in her. She still doesn't trust me completely, but we've made a lot of progress already: she now lets me pet her and even purrs when I do so.

On October 28th, we adopted Mia, the black kitten in the last shot, via an animal shelter. She was scared and tiny when we brought her home, but adapted quickly. And yes, that photo was the best I could do. Pretty much all the other photos I have of her only show her tiny nose trying hard to sniff the camera lens. :)


Viv says:

So sorry to hear about Jeff -he looks lovely hope Mia and Saphira bring you lots of pleasure

8th Dec 2011, 23:45

Dania says:

Thanks, Viv. I'm sure they will. They're both amazing cats, each in her own way. Saphira seems to be of a very old age already and doesn't have much patience to play with Mia despite Mia's great efforts. Poor Mia just gets ignored every time :D. But except for that they're getting along well.

9th Dec 2011, 00:04

Caine says:

I'm so sorry about Jeff, Dania. One of the reasons ours have a kennel outdoors is because of cars - no one around here would go out of their way to miss a cat, and ours have no 'car sense'.

Saphira is gorgeous and I'm sure she's happy to have a home and security now. Mia looks an adorable little imp. :)

9th Dec 2011, 00:37

Twiglet says:

So sorry about dear Jeff but the newcomers are lovely. ♥

9th Dec 2011, 07:41

crickson nli says:

Oh, I'm so sorry to hear you've lost your cat.

9th Dec 2011, 07:49

Dania says:

Thanks again, Caine.I've thought about building something like that before because even though the cats I've had don't seem to find the road side as attractive as the woods side... it's always a risk. I usually keep an eye on them when they're playing outside but that was obviously not enough with Jeff. I will really have to ponder the best way to make the road unaccessible to Mia while still giving her some space outside to explore.

Thank you, Twiglet.

Thanks. crickson.

9th Dec 2011, 22:44

JokerXL says:

So sorry for your loss, I know how important cats can become in one's life.
Jeff was a great looker and looks as if he was very contented with you.
I'm sure the two "new" ones will soon realize how lucky they both are.

18th Dec 2011, 18:50

Dania says:

Hi, JokerXL. Thank you for your kind words. I do take some comfort in knowing he had a good, happy life. But I miss him.

The "new" ones seem to be enjoying their new life. Saphira in particular seems especially grateful for shelter in the colder rainy days of winter. She'll never be an indoor cat, but I'm always happy to welcome her in when she wants to.

18th Dec 2011, 21:31