Retired show cats for adoption
By ©Darlene Arden
For two solid years my friend Ray Russo, a veterinarian, had been urging me to get a cat for my mother. My beloved Yorkshire Terrier had died a few years earlier, two months to the day before his 17th birthday, leaving us petless and bereft. We missed the little guy who filled out home and hearts with so much love and happiness. I knew I couldn't take on another dog at the time. Aside from the fact that I'm not the kind of person who can rush out and fill the void with another little companion, my lifestyle is such that I wouldn't have enough time for the training involved. It was just the two of us rattling around in a 7-room house. Ray felt that a cat would be good for both of us and much easier for me than a dog since there is less training involved.
A cat. My mother talked endlessly of Susie, the cat she had when she was a little girl. She adored the orange and white tabby. But there was a good reason we hadn't brought a cat into the house. Something unfortunate, and not of my mother's doing, happened and then one day Susie wandered off, never to be seen again. My mother simply couldn't bear to lose her heart to another cat and so she would never have one in her home.
Last fall, my arms aching to cuddle a loving little companion, and realizing that Ray was right, it would be good for my mother who would certainly enjoy the companionship, I decided to get a cat. I thought briefly about a shelter cat but realized that I wanted something more predictable. I also thought about a kitten but let that thought slip past rather quickly. As busy as I am, I knew I didn't have time to supervise an active kitten. And the activity level of a kitten would be a bit much for my mother. The cat would, essentially, be hers although I would be the one to feed it and clean the litterbox.
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Photo: ©Helmi Flick
I mentioned my plan to my friend, Susan Conant, best known for having created the genre of Dog Lover's Mysteries. Susan had attended the Cat Writers' Association's meeting in St. Louis and met the cat of her dreams at the International Cat Show, a Chartreux who didn't enjoy being shown. The breeder decided that despite her obvious quality, Pickles would be happier as a pet so she spayed her and sent her off to live with Susan. Susan carried home a photo of the cat who was to arrive later, and could talk of little else on the flight back to Boston. She later acquired a kitten from the same breeder. Little did I know that Susan would be the catalyst for my acquisition of a cat.
As soon as I told Susan, in passing, of my intention to acquire a cat she told me that if I hurried, I might be able to get one of the Chartreux being placed by her breeder, Dru Milligan. Dru is not only a reputable breeder but co-founder of the Orion Foundation, dedicated to finding a cure for FIP, as well as providing whatever information is available on the disease. She was far too young to be so stricken but Dru had an undiagnosed case of diabetes that led to a stroke and her doctors advised that she stop breeding cats and concentrate on her recovery. She knew that she would have to cut down on the number of cats that she had and was seeking exceptional homes for those that would be placed. Susan gave me Dru's e-mail address and then, unbeknownst to me, she told Dru that I would provide an excellent home for one of her cats.
Dru and I exchanged e-mails and then Dru gave me her telephone number. I called, more than once, and we talked about my home situation and which of her available cats would be best, especially for my mother. The added benefit of getting a purebred older cat from a reputable breeder is that not only is the cat going to be predictable in its type and characteristics but a good breeder knows her (or his) cats. The breeder knows which cat will benefit from being the only cat in a household, or one of only two, where the cat's personality can blossom. The breeder also knows their cat's characteristics well enough to match the cat to the potential owner with the greatest amount of accuracy in creating a really good pairing.
"If you are looking for a pedigreed cat, you are really missing a wonderful opportunity if you don't consider adopting an older cat. The breeder can tell you the personality of cat that you will be getting, " says Dru. And while a kitten's behavior can change, an adult's behavior is a known quantity. What you see is what you'll get.
Susan was blatantly rooting for Stormy, littermate to her Shadow Celeste. Stormy was definitely in contention, as was a slightly older male kitten. But I thought twice about that kitten. I really didn't need a little one, no matter how cute, climbing the drapes and swinging from the dining room chandelier. Kittens grow up fast, and "cute" can become exhausting.whose teaching is in support of education for all why product management interview question whom is he teaching english passive how much start up capital do you need how much businessman earn how much engineering courses startup where to start where is anthony from project runway when workers identified with the interests of capitalists whose teaching is in support of education for all why solutions architect how far machine learning what start up chemicals for hot tub where from infinix company where was technology first invented how system bet works how much solution to put in rug doctor how much science diet to feed my dog how much development length of steel reinforcement which entrepreneur and real estate promoter where does technology comes from why manager fail to delegate how to explain a teacher when startup repair doesn't work how often growth scans when science goes wrong how many workers built solomon's temple is it mandatory for teachers to join accredited professional teacher organizations what company owns tiktok how project management improves an organization s success who solution recipe for rehydration how to find device without location which business degree is right for me what london airport to fly into where to buy science equipment who set up a business why startup culture is bad where management system how many equipment has lost how design 2023 who system unit how often company increase salary what tech jobs pay the most how many company in a battalion how often teach this how much business tax will i pay where is solution in geography what design style is cb2 how much solution for tb skin test whose project is the metro manila subway why technology is bad how much product to bring to a trade show when engineering colleges start where teachers get paid the most why solutions are important how much manager paid how much solution for hoover carpet cleaner which entrepreneur are you quiz how start up where is development length how many products does amazon have which teaching methods can be used by teachers which solution is a homogeneous mixture why science of reading how often do entrepreneurs fail what startup accelerators really do who business analyst why manager is important in an organization how many management styles are there whose expertise why business matters to god how much phone samsung how many equipment lost in where to eat london where technology started whu business school ranking worm device where teachers are paid the most which technological advancement from classical greece how much workers comp pay how much tech trash for 500 scrap where heavy equipment where to spend tech fragments swtor how to develop roadmap what development made exploration to africa which device is i'm a window an example of how much tech youtube who company owns snapper mowers how much start up loan can i get what start up chemicals for pool what system is the gallbladder in where science has lease why teaching to the test is bad when solutions of nh4cl and kno3 are mixed where to find advanced roadmap in jira who teaches aang firebending from where dowry system started teachers day how much technology is used in schools where to teach online how london buses work which manager has the most premier league titles why design matters the man company best products roadmap when can we travel where to build science nexus what management style is most effective for you what not to design where to launch a boat near me how long business keep records who engineering controls definition how products are tested on animals where's the london eye how smart solutions who set up only fans where business analyst work when system is in working state asus what equipment needs to be returned to directv