In December 2015 I was 4 months pregnant and had made the decision to have my 6 year old cat Athena euthanized as she could no longer battle the hereditary kidney disease that had taken her sister one year prior. I’m not sure if it was the hormones flooding my body or not, but having her put to sleep was absolutely devastating for me and it rocked me to my core. The only thing I was thankful for was seeking out a Veterinarian that came to our home to end her suffering.
When I had her sister Persephone put to sleep I drove to a vet clinic in town. While I waited to end her life it was rather unpleasant having strangers surrounding me while I was doing everything in my power to keep my composure. Persephone’s goodbye gift was biting me on the wrist when the veterinarian poked her with the needle. This landed me in the ER 12 hours later with a severe infection that ended with me being on IV therapy for 5 days.
When Athena passed the grief was so unbearable that I remember my husband and I driving around later in the day and I had the most powerful feeling that I did NOT want to go home. I couldn’t bear to be in our house and not have that beautiful creature come running to the door meowing her little face off as she told me everything about her day.
About a month after Athena’s passing I started to look for another bonded pair to adopt. Late one night I came across Koda and Alice on the BC SPCA’s website and they were being featured as the Pet on the Net which is basically animals that are taking longer to adopt than average. After reading their story I convinced my husband to drive down to Victoria to go and meet them. When we finally arrived and walked into their room we both fell in love; my husband latched onto Koda and I latched onto Alice. After spending about half an hour with them we went to the administration to review their paperwork. As soon as I started to read why their previous owner had surrendered them my heart sank because they quite the rap sheet! Alice was apparently guilty of being very active at night, peeing on the stove (I thought this one was comical), peeing on the laundry and scratching the furniture. Koda was guilty of peeing on the laundry, scratching the furniture and pooping on the bed when he was mad. I thought the pooping on the bed accusation was hilarious because how would the previous owner know it was him. I soon found out that Koda has massive poops compared to Alice’s dainty poops so you would definitely he was the guilty party. After I finished reading it through I thought there was no way my husband would agree to adopt them especially considering we were having a baby a few months later and cats are not typically welcoming of new attention seekers. I have to admit that my husband completely shocked me on this day; he said that he had a good feeling about them and wanted to adopt them. Well holy toledo was I ever ecstatic because I kinda have a thing for misfit animals that no one else wants. We’ve had these two, close to three years now, and I am happy to report that in our household they are only guilty of scratching furniture. Though I must admit they did leave one thing off Koda’s rap sheet and that is the fact he drips stinky drool when he’s getting affection which is kinda gross but adorable at the same time.