When I posted this photo on Facebook with the same title as this post, someone immediately commented, “That was quick,” which I took to be a judgment because I am paranoid. But yes, it was quick I suppose. However, this is how I do when it comes to my pets – as soon as one dies, I want another, because I know it’s the only thing that will heal my heart. I am not like this with people, and I don’t think it makes me callous, I just know it’s the only thing that allows me to move on after losing a pet.
Perhaps they said that because we still have no proof Ramone won’t come back. But Doug and I talked about it, and together decided that if Ramone did come back, and we suddenly found ourselves with two cats instead of one, that would be wonderful; we have had two cats before. But neither one of us thinks it’s going to happen; we feel Ramone left us to die in peace. Truth be told, I was willing to wait a week or so, but my husband got up Sunday morning and was walking around the house talking to the dogs and saying, “Don’t worry, babies, Mama is going to get you a new kitty real soon,” which I took to be a big huge hint that he wanted me to do so that day.
Allow me to explain: I am always the one who goes out and picks our pets. Doug can’t stand going into animal shelters; he gets upset and wants to adopt every animal in the place, as well as give them all his money, so we’ve learned to leave him at home and let me do it myself.I never have preconceived notions about what I want, I just act as a divining rod for the treasure that will be our new pet. I had this feeling I really wanted to bring a cat home today, though, and was concerned about the local shelter as they won’t let you bring home any pet until they’ve been spayed or neutered. I of course was thinking we’d want a brand new kitten (of which they had tons), but in the end I went with a four-month-old because he was already neutered and ready to bring home. Sorry if that sounds superficial, it just felt like today was the day to get it done, and I was able to do it this way.
Took me all day to find him though, because it was Sunday, and the shelters have weird hours as well as going out to local pet stores for afternoon adoptions, so although I got in my car around 10:00 AM, I didn’t find Simon until around 3. It was a long day, but Simon is home now and fitting in nicely with our two pups. He had to hiss and swat at Sprocket a few times before he got the message not to be overbearing, but I appreciate that this kitty isn’t intimidated by Sprocky’s size and exuberance. Sprocket is now sufficiently cowed, and Penny is showing her usual feigned indifference. He has successfully used the litter box, found and eaten his food, and investigated the nooks and crannies of the house. He has also learned the power of the water spritzer when he tried to get into the fireplace, behind the refrigerator, and into my plate of food. I like it that he learns quickly and will take no for an answer – if it comes with a squirt of water that is (never sprayed into his face, of course!).
The paperwork we got on him said he likes to lick, cuddle, and play – and so far those things are all turning out to be true. I have my usual nagging fear that he is carrying some horrible illness with him from his time in the shelter ,and that he is either going to cost us thousands of dollars to get well, or die (he’s sneezed several times since we brought him home, and I’m particularly worried about that). But I have a load of errands to do Monday and am taking a day from work to do it all, and getting Simon to the vet will be one of those.
As a bonus, he poses nicely for the camera.
We did OK last night but about 4:30 in the morning he got really feisty, so I took him out into the den to let him run around and slept the rest of the morning on the sofa. I have way more patience with puppies and kittens than Doug does, and actually enjoy even the nighttime disruptions, so I usually take charge in this area. Our sofa is quite comfy, anyway, and aside from a few foot attacks Simon nestled into one of our den chairs and slept through the night.
I still have loads of photos from this weekend’s air show to share, but I wanted to show you Simon with this post. So air show pics coming tomorrow!
He’s adorable. Orange tabbies are great cats with big personalities–and he looks like he will, too.
I hope so!
And the new kitten and old cat are distinct emotional issues. You can have Simon and still will grieve Ramone. So which dog is that on the chair?
Good point Russ – thanks for mentioning that. That is Sprocket on the chair – he’s a Sheepdog mix.
My parents waited to get their dog Sophie last year after dutch past in 2012. But I have heard of some people quickly getting a new pet. I myself will probably do that after Diva goes. But she still got tons of years left so i’m lucky.
I think its good you got an older kitty 4 months. Older kitties need new homes to. Hes super cute and he loves the camera. 😀 Happy for you
Yeah I have never waited. I want a new pet pretty much right away.
Is that to get over the one you lost. Sometimes that can work and sometimes not because of their personalities and hoping its like the one that you lost.
It’s the only thing that gets me over it, no matter the personality. Well, except when we got Sprocket right after Bickley died, and then Sprocket almost died three weeks later! Ugh, that was horrible. But for me, to get another one is how I heal. I know not everyone is that way though. This was the fastest we ever got a new pet though – maybe it’s because of the way Ramone died, just disappearing like that and us not knowing what happened.
Good for you.
Simon is adoreable and my Thomas is much better,he just had a cold. He’s much more active and eating well,since I have been giving him chicken in every form possible. I believe in miracles and if Ramone does return Simon will make a great buddy for him! lol xxx
Oh good, glad to here your Thomas is feeling better! I hope that continues 🙂
He is just the cutest little thing! I am so glad you got him and what a perfect name. That first picture shows how alert and intelligent he is. We have the same issue. I cannot go to the shelter, so my husband does that. It works well that way. Congratulations. Simon is one lucky little cat.
I do understand not wanting to go there. I know a lot of people who can’t do it. He got his feline leukemia vaccine today and he’s being all sleepy, which has me worried, but the internet says this is normal so I am trying to stay calm. Also they said the sneezing was probably nothing serious and to just keep an eye out, which of course I will do. I am very proactive when it comes to my pets!
Adorable kitty. Who cares what someone says on Facebook? Grieve in the manner that works for you.
I think it got to me because I felt a little guilty about it already. But I agree, we have to grieve in whatever way works for us. Thank you 🙂