You’ve Got a Friend in Me
When I first met Rusty, I was instantly smitten by his dewy gold eyes and handsome little face. His card read that he was friendly, and boy was he ever! I picked him up and he laid his head right on my shoulder. And he is so nice to pet. If you closed your eyes, you’d swear you were touching a bunny or a minx, his hair is so soft.
We enjoy every minute spent with this smart, alert, sensitive guy. Although I was so happy to have Rusty part of the family, nothing prepared me for the separation anxiety I felt when I thought of him all alone in the apartment while we were at work. “That’s it.” I determined. “He needs a friend.” So it was back to KittyKind to find a buddy for Rusty.
It didn’t take long to spot Albie. With his large pointy ears, apple-shaped face and rock star eyeliner, he looked like a wild animal! Fortunately, his personality is nothing like a wild animal. He is so mellow and relaxed that, when he was first brought to his new home, he sauntered in, stretched and laid down as though he had been there 100 times already!
At first, Rusty wasn’t as charmed by Albie as we were. The future best friends were kept separate for a while. When they were eventually allowed in the same room together, Rusty had some definite ideas about which areas were off limits to Albie.
Within a month, they were eating off the same dish together, sharing toys, grooming each other (although that usually ends in wrestling. Ah boys!), hanging out together, and napping beside each other.
And we’ve learned that cat number two is the best ROI this side of Wall Street! He’s very minimal extra work, but our joy and peace of mind have skyrocketed.
Rusty likes soccer, paper airplanes, opening doors, and playing a game he invented called, “Look at Each Other through the Cat Tunnel.” (He’s also the undefeated champion.) Albie likes feet (although not necessarily shoes), jumping, trying to get the laser pointer dot, and singing to himself with his deep baritone meow. Both kitties enjoy sunshine, views of the Hudson and loads and loads of love.