Slowly we make progress back to a normal life in the house.
Things are very different around the house. It’s quiet. No one greets us at the door or lies in the sunlight. I guess it serves to remind us that Tucker and Tim Tam are gone. It’ll be a long time until we are done mourning them.
Around here, it’s the little things that trip us up. Like trying to read a book on the couch and not having a cat take interest in the pages. Or not having to open the lower half of the floor-to-ceiling windows because there isn’t a nose down low. The other night, I even had to quit gaming online with friends because I couldn’t handle it. You see, Tim Tam would always sit on my lap while I played games and Tucker would nap against the wall.
Little stuff like that. Slowly we make progress.
And sometimes we get a little help.
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Say hello to Cecilia (Cece or Cici for short) and Skye*.
Let’s start with Cecilia. No, the name did not come from the Simon & Garfunkel song (now that you’ve got that ear-worm stuck in your head ..) but rather because it means ‘way of the blind‘. Cecilia came to us from the local Humane Society. Someone found her wandering around outside and discovered that she’d led a pretty rough life. Her eyes were pretty messed up and infected plus she was blind in both so they were removed in mid-July. Also, someone or something trimmed her whiskers (which are vital for getting around) so she’s a bit off balance now but they are growing back. To get around, she sticks her paw out like a cane.
Of course, none of that means she’s helpless. She’s been moving around the house and building a mental map since she sat paw inside the door. Very quiet, has a wonderful ‘peep’ for a meow, and seems to be enjoying our home.
Skye also came to us from the Humane Society. She was a stray but not much else is known about her. What we do know is that she is one of the friendliest cats that I’ve ever met. You know how cats roll over onto their back and say ‘Rub my belly’ and then when you rub their belly, they launch their ambush and rip you to shreds? Yeah, Skye doesn’t do that. She likes belly rubs. We think she might have some dog in her but we’re not certain about that yet.
Even though she arrived in the house first, Skye has confined herself to hiding under the bed. We’re not sure why but she has started to come out and socialize with us elsewhere in the house. Once she gets settled into the house, we think she’s going to be a perfect lap kitty.
As for how the two get together – there’s the usual hissing and some growling but each day it gets better. It’s a bit hard when Skye wants to sniff Cecilia but Cecilia can’t see her coming in for the sniff, they bump, and then there’s a bit of a startled reaction and some hissing. It’ll get sorted out eventually.
For those wondering – this was not a sudden decision. We had been considering a second cat to keep Tim Tam company while we were gone and to help ease the eventual transition when we knew he would no longer be with us. The only problem was that Tim Tam wasn’t keen on another pet. We had a chance a few years ago and the reaction was … well, entertaining to say the least. So we forgot about it until the end days approached. When the time came, we look at the Humane Society (there was no doubt there) and found cats that looked like they needed a good home. And here we are.
We’ll take it one day at a time and see what happens.
(And soon this blog shall return to stuff about writing. I promise!)
* We aren’t sold on the name Skye yet. That was what she was called before she came to us and we’re still debating if we like it or not. We are open to suggestions.