Happily Ever After
Fairy Tales Do Come True
as told by their new family
The sixth and seventh cats in my second clowder, Smoky and Mystique, sadly died from cancer in 2016. The eighth and last cat, Scampy, a brown, black, and white calico, was left. He had been the least dominant cat of the clowder, and seldom got much face time with me until the others passed. He enjoyed two years as an only cat, but was then 14.5 years old with failing health. He started spending a lot of time sleeping on my lap while I worked at the computer, making up for lost time in the affection department.
In 2018, while visiting a friend in Ohio, who always has ten or more cats, I adopted a very friendly black cat and, calling him Buddy all the time as a matter of convenience, officially named him Buddy after contacting two cat-loving friends, each of whom had had a black cat named Buddy pass in 2018. I knew that eventually I would need to adopt a second cat to keep him company, but hesitated to do so until a situation presented itself to me in which adoption would make good sense for Buddy, the new cat, the rescue organization involved, and myself. Such a cat was brought to my attention by Jan, a volunteer affiliated with A3P. She was called Madeline, and had been found on someone’s doorstep in an emaciated condition, suffering and in need of veterinary care, which A3P Rescue gave her. She was taken to a foster home provided by a volunteer and was losing weight, but showed affection for the husband of the volunteer, and it was surmised that she would do well in the home of a cat-loving man. I agreed to try Madeline as a foster cat for two weeks to see how she would do with Buddy, the long, strong, fast and friendly cat. As it turned out, she was and is perfect and has gotten along with Buddy very well. She has a remarkably steady, calm demeanor, and maintains it even when the playful Buddy is a little forward in his attempts to get her to play. Madeline quickly learned to sleep on my lap, and when I head to bed, she is quick to jump up and go to sleep next to me, as several other cats of mine have in the past. In the morning, she often wakes me up. I immediately refill her food plate, and she eats heartily. If Madeline isn’t on my lap, she sleeps on the computer table just to the left of the keyboard where there is a space. Of course, on sunny days, Madeline gets in one of my one-foot-deep window sills to enjoy dozing in the sun. Due to her extreme sweetness, I started calling her “Sweetie” and have decided that should be her name, as it is altogether fitting. Buddy and I are enjoying her company now. Sweetie has found her forever home! She has proven to be the perfect cat to complete a two-cat clowder! Sweetie is an awesome cat!