Sep. 15th, 2012 07:32 pm
naamah_darling: A very sweet-faced one-eyed Himalayan cat with a crooked jaw. (Smooch)
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In some lighter news, Etrigan and Smooch have been given a shoutout on

It's a short piece about cats that found homes despite being . . . different.

Every cat has something to give.

It is always sad to me when people only value cats as kittens; and then, only value them for cuteness. That is something they all have, and does not acknowledge the specialness of each cat’s personality.

. . .

Smooch and Etrigan: a mismatch made in heaven

This is Smooch (top) and Etrigan (bottom.) In a classic Way of Cats move, these two foster brothers were adopted together, because the person had decided to try my “two cats are better than one” approach.

It is working very well!

Smooch has facial deformities and one eye, while Etrigan, who seemed fine at the time, turns out to have allergy-triggered asthma. That could have made them “unadoptable.”

And look at the treasures that would have been unspent.

Instead, they are enjoying a wonderful home, and each other, as the picture aptly illustrates.

. . .

Sometimes, they are cats with a physical challenge. Sometimes, they are too old, or too young, or have an unpopular coat color, or are just in the wrong place at the wrong time. But as I explained in a previous post, we don’t necessarily have to value what our society values.

Because society is, so often, wrong about what we should value. When we fall for letting others decide what we are supposed to want to do…

We will miss out on a lot of magic.

I bolded that last bit because it's sort of true about . . . everything.

I want to throw a shoutout to Pammy as well. Way of Cats is a really, really helpful blog, she has been incredibly generous with advice about these two dopey jerks, and she has been right every time. I am very grateful to her for her help. So if you are a cat person and want to understand your friends better than you do, go and spend some time there, and maybe invest in her ebooks!

Date: 2012-09-16 03:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
while Etrigan, who seemed fine at the time, turns out to have allergy-triggered asthma. That could have made them “unadoptable.”

"Also, he loves to vomit, which one would think would only make him fit for life in a frat house. However, in a multicat household, it turns out to be an extremely useful trait!"

Date: 2012-09-16 01:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I love that quote- we have a cat who vomits at the drop of a hat. ...when we were invited to live here (saving us from homelessness, seriously) they already had another cat who did the same thing... oddly, the vomiting of BOTH has /decreased/... it's weird but true.

Date: 2012-09-16 04:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
That's pretty awesome. :) Thanks to you, I've been reading through her blog.

Date: 2012-09-16 01:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
They have totally saved my butt in this household of cats... I am learning to 'speak cat' so well (compared to before) that I am really able to communicate now with the feline household members. It's crazy, because I grew up with cats, but I never spoke 'the language'... that blog is awesome. :)

Date: 2012-09-16 05:52 pm (UTC)
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Date: 2012-09-17 05:12 pm (UTC)

Date: 2012-09-18 06:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Totally agree!

We're looking at adopting a second dog to, well, be part of our family: a sibling for Hudson, a pal and exercise buddy for Chris (the fiance), so on. The current top of our list has, to most adopters, 4 strikes against her: she's black, she's not a puppy (between 3 and 5, they tell me), she's a pit or a pit-mix, and she was in a shelter and is now in foster care.

But she sounds like what we need - a mellow, non-dominant dog with basic house-manners who likes people and other dogs but gets that all creatures need their space. I'm a tiny bit nervous that she won't cope well with being left totally alone for a few hours at a time, because right now she has a dog who is with her, but she wouldn't here if I'm out of the house. We're meeting her this weekend, and I am both happy and a little anxious.

Date: 2012-09-18 09:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Ohhhhh! Good luck with her! I'm so glad you're giving an adult dog a home! And giving a chance to a dog that might not otherwise have a chance. I am obviously a big fan of second chances. <3

Date: 2012-09-18 03:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
<3 !!! I miss kitty pictures!

Date: 2012-09-19 01:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I was so chuffed to see your 2 on her blog! I love her blog- it's got great advice for cat appreciators, and has really helped me sort out how to make our household run somewhat harmoniously.


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