The Conscious Cat has a new family member! Amber and I are excited to welcome Allegra into our hearts and into our home. Well, right now I might be a little more excited than Amber, but so far, things have been going really well. Amber is watching the newcomer from a cautious distance, and if she comes too close for comfort, she lets Allegra know who’s in charge.
I found Allegra on Facebook on the page of a local veterinary hospital. When I contacted the page administrator for more information, I was told that she was seven months old and “very very sweet, loves cats, loves dogs, loves people, loves life!” I knew I had to meet this little girl. The first time I met her, I spent about an hour in an exam room with her. She was your typical ADHD kitten – discovering and exploring everything, whether it was a stethoscope hanging from a hook on the wall or a syringe cap on the floor. She didn’t pay all that much attention to me, but I started to fall in love with her anyway. However, I didn’t want to make a hasty decision. I had only just begun to even think about bringing another cat into our lives. I didn’t know whether I wanted a kitten or an adult cat. So I went home, slept on it, thought about it – and I just couldn’t get Allegra out of my mind. I went back to see her again the next morning. And that’s when I just knew. She was meant to come home with us.
Her background, as far as I know it, is this: she was rescued from a county shelter in Maryland, and fostered by two different foster moms. Her most recent foster mom described her as a “total love bug lap kitty” who loved to follow her everywhere.
I brought her home yesterday morning. And so a new chapter in our lives begins. Allegra spent most of yesterday exploring her new home. She was particularly fascinated by windows – something she hadn’t been able to enjoy for the last ten days when she lived at the animal hospital. Everything seemed to delight her – bumble bees flying by, leaves blowing in the wind, squirrels rushing by outside. It’s so much fun watching her discover her world.
Amber is not so sure this was a good idea just yet. I’m sure you’ll hear all about it from Amber herself soon. And you never know, Allegra might eventually want to contribute to The Conscious Cat, too, once she adjusts to her new home and new life.