The expression “all good things come to those who wait” seems particularly relevant to me at this time. Although my husband Marty and I were longing to adopt an Oriental Shorthair kitten, when we met Edgar Allen Poe, a mixed breed domestic shorthair, we were smitten. Several months ago I introduced him to PoC readers in my blog “We Adopted a Moggie After all“.
While Marty and I adore our miniature black panther; a kitten who constantly entertains with his antics and who amazes us with his incredible intelligence, we hadn’t given up on finding an Oriental Shorthair kitten who needed a furever loving home. But where in the world would we find that kitten in the area in Florida where we live? It seemed like an impossible task.
I have a few Oriental Shorthair breeder friends on Facebook. I thought it would be easy to find just the right kitten – even if it required having the kitty shipped. Unfortunately no one I contacted had any available kittens. I checked out breed rescues and came up with a goose-egg. It felt like we were living out “Mission Impossible”. That was until I happened to mention my quest to another friend; a Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA) All Breed Judge.
However, it seems that Bastet was truly smiling on us! How lucky could we be? With a local CFA show coming up in a few weeks where my friend would be judging – where I would have the opportunity to actually meet her in person – things were looking up! My friend suggested that we attend the show and chat with some of the Oriental Shorthair breeders. So off to the show we went with a carrier on the backseat of our car, just in case that special kitten was available. Sadly, no such luck. To say that we were “bummed” would be a huge understatement.
Before we left the show hall, we paged the show manager to find out if she knew anyone at the show who might have available kittens. Fortunately she knew someone in Central Florida who likely would have kittens. She introduced us to Barbara Fraizer, a Siamese and Oriental Shorthair breeder who did have kittens. But they wouldn’t be ready for new homes for at least a couple of months. Happily she had a little blue ticked tabby male. He was just what we wanted!
It was really a good thing that the kitten wasn’t old enough to go to a new home. As things turned out we also needed extra time. Edgar Allen Poe wanted a playmate so badly – and was driving our senior Oriental Shorthair nuts. Sir Hubble Pinkerton was definitely not up for roughhouse play. So to try to make everyone happy, in desperation I turned to a dear friend – an expert on feline behavior– for advice.
She was adamant that we needed to get another kitten for Poe. But to be absolutely sure we were making the right decision, I contacted Ellen Kohn of Enlightened Animals.
Ellen is an extraordinarily gifted animal communicator. She chatted extensively with Poe, Sir Hubble and Aki. They all told her it was a good thing! All the signals were pointing in the right direction!
Aki came to live with us on Monday, January 4. When we let him out of the carrier into his “safe” room, he was so scared he immediately found a place in which to hide. But within a few hours he was licking baby food off my fingers – and over the next few days he started getting braver.
We have been playing with him and he is slowly starting to trust us. It’s hard for me to be so patient but Aki is a great teacher in that department. I just can’t wait for the time that he is curled up in my lap purring his little heart out.
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