As I do every week, I was visiting Petco on 14th street. We had a sick cat, Max, at home and were considering a companion for him but were unsure of how he would react to a “new” friend. Having just lost his sibling, Ralph, a month earlier, we could tell he was not liking being alone. So as I walked around looking inside the cages, I came across an unruly cat who wouldn’t let any of the volunteers handle him - Dominic. I snapped some pics of his shenanigans and sent them to my husband. He immediately responded and said he wanted to bring him home, but our little guy was sick and we didn’t want to stress him out. I told him if it was meant to be, he’ll somehow be ours, but just not at that moment. Unfortunately our little guy passed away about a week later, July 18, my birthday. We were heartbroken. My husband, who never takes the train, took the train in and was eager to meet Dominic in person, and discuss the next steps with the adoption counselor. His biography listed him as very playful and hands on…too hands on to be a solo cat, according to the counselor. My husband fell in love with him right away. He found a cat he could rough-house with but at the same time help him through this grieving process. We had a home visit later that week and “Domenic” (we changed the I to and E) was home by week’s end on a “trial” basis. For us there was no trial, he was home with his family. He wasn’t going back to being a shelter cat. From the moment we brought him home, he adapted so well to us and his surroundings. He was already sleeping between me and my husband that night. He’s been a wonderful edition to our growing family. He’s playful, rough if you let him be, but just a great cat overall…loving, friendly, silly and most importantly, he has helped us feel like a family again. He spends a lot of time with my husband. His hobby is painting miniature figures and Domenic is just mesmerized when my husband sits at his desk. He’ll sit and watch him paint for quite some time before finally tiring himself out. It’s very cute. My husband and I don’t have children, so for the past few years, our cats have been our kids, so after losing our boys back to back (both were 15), there was a major void which Dom filled. Then we realized he had way too much energy for one cat and decided to add two kittens as his siblings. They all get along, play well and I find they look for each other for trouble or just for company. It’s been a pleasure having Domenic and adapting to him and his quirks. It’s been quite fun.
Karl & Nicole: “We’re so lucky to have found a beautiful pair of healthy, happy companions for life…”August 6, 2014
We knew we wanted a pair of young cats who could be playmates and when we walked into Kittykind we fell in love first with Karl who was just the biggest love bug! You could see in the cage that all he wanted was affection and so we knew we wanted him. Then we saw Nicole in her cage – she’d only been brought in that day, and she was just the cutest little thing. Then we found out she had a leg missing and that made us want her even more!! We felt so sorry for her! I’ve attached a couple of recent pictures of the little rascals! They really are the best of friends and have such wonderful personalities. Nicole is so adventurous and playful, AND fearless – perhaps the attitude that got her into trouble with that leg. Karl is really affectionate and chilled out, and retains his timid streak with anything unfamiliar (hiding under the couch when the vacuum cleaner comes out or someone knocks on the front door). He’s slowly getting more confident though. We absolutely adore them both.
We can’t over-emphasize how amazing Kittykind were through the whole adoption process – they really understood the cats’ needs, they were available by phone and email any time for any questions, and we couldn’t have dealt with the complications of Nicole’s missing leg without their financial and emotional support. We’re so lucky to have found a beautiful pair of healthy, happy companions for life – thank you Kittykind!”
King Tut has had my heart from the moment I brought him home. Affectionate, inquisitive, and with stately manners – he is the perfect addition to the family. He simply devours attention and is ready to snuggle or chase his toys anytime. It’s only been four months, but we have already been through a lot together including a transition to a wet diet, many visitors (everyone falls in love with him immediately!), and learning to stay off the dining room table. He even stayed by my side while I was bed-ridden with the flu for three days. While I am away at work, he curls up with my favorite sweatshirt and then greets me at the door when I get home. Without fail he wakes me up each morning before my alarm with a headbutt to the face or a very cautious paw to my cheek. I’m not a morning person at all, but who can be mad when staring into those big, green eyes?!
When my husband and I went looking for a new companion for our 4 year old female cat, our hearts were heavy with the recent loss of our 14 year old male cat to a sudden illness. We knew we wanted our female cat to have another lively companion, but we were both unsure how much room we had in our hearts for a new member of the family. Luckily, we found Roebling (Hootie), and fell in love with his playful, sweet nature immediately. “Roebles” is everything you could want in a teenaged cat- he has a playful, rambunctious, and mischievous nature, which alternates with a surprising sweet and cuddly side. This cat tears around our house causing trouble, making us laugh and smile, and then recovers his energy by sleeping an hour or so in Mommy or Daddy’s arms. His favorite toy is a “My Little Pony” doll- Roebling tosses “Pinkie Pie” around the house constantly. He is definitely a Brony cat. :) After an initially rocky beginning, the two cats are very happy and playful together, and love sleeping near each other. We will always miss our first cat, but the love Roebling gives us has helped us heal from our loss, and taught us that there is always room for more love in your life. We are so very grateful to everyone at KittyKind who helped us become a family. :)
I wanted to give you an update on Ham, a wonderful orange and white male cat that my husband John and I adopted in October 2013. Our beloved cat Doctor Jeckyl had passed about a year before and we were finally ready for another kitty and were on the hunt. I have a huge soft spot for orange and white males and had been visiting the USQ Petco on and off for a few months. During that time I kept seeing Ham and really liked him…I loved how big and friendly he was and adored his funny beauty mark. Ham was so charming that he always seemed to have an adoption pending but then he would end up back in the pen. After 2 or 3 adoptions I finally asked if we could try Ham in our home. Miriam was very worried because she felt he was a bit traumatized but she gave us a chance and it’s worked out very well. We renamed Ham as Marlon…if he was a girl we would have called him Marilyn due to his beauty mark and Marlon was the closest male name. Marlon is 100 % CAT. He is sweet and very affectionate but on his terms! It wasn’t an easy start and we had to patiently earn his trust. He is totally silly and does a zillion zany things every day. He even likes to stick his head under a running faucet. There isn’t a box or bag that he doesn’t explore and he perpetually knocks everything off the counters. He is very handsome and sleek and weighs 17 lbs of solid muscle. He is good buddies with our other cat, Bowie, who we also adopted from Kitty Kind 8 years ago. While they fight like crazy they also curl up together in my pajama drawer and on our bed each night. Bowie is an entirely new cat now that Marlon has joined our home…so much more extroverted and friendly. So essentially we got 2 new cats for the price of one. Every day Marlon grows more affectionate and sweeter and seems to be really happy in our home. We are very glad that we found him and that he is our wonderful furry friend. Special thanks to Miriam for letting us take him home despite her own love for him!
Best and Many Thanks,
Nikki Shomer and John Buchbinder