My Cats: Brothers by Birth, Besties for Life
When my beloved cat Tiger passed away, I never imagined his legacy would pave the way for two furry best friends to stay together for life. After his loss, my husband, my two other kitties and I were extremely depressed. Fortunately, a rescue group I had worked with in the past, the Cat Connection of Los Angeles, had just gotten a litter of kittens who needed homes. So my husband and I decided to get a new addition to our home to cheer everyone up.
Upon arriving at the foster home to meet the furry babies, we discovered only two little boy kittens — a silver tabby and brown tabby — were left. And, it seemed the two of them were inseparable! The little rascals ate together, went to the litter box together, slept on top of one other and cuddled on our laps together. Unwilling to separate them, we adopted them both. We named them T.J. — Tiger Junior, in honor of our kitty who passed away — and Cougar.
On the way home, the two happily curled together in the same carrier. When they arrived, they immediately ran up to my older kitty, Lily, who allowed them to snuggle up with her. She even groomed them like a mom. My other kitty, Davy, engaged them in a game of kitty soccer with a pom pom, which they found fascinating. They also followed him around to all of the food dishes and litter boxes, which they immediately adapted to — together, of course.
Within the first few days, these two little guys brought my older kitties out of their depressed state. And luckily, when the two boys became a bit too rambunctious for these senior kitties, they had each other to play rowdy games with, especially chase-and-pounce-on-your-brother, a favorite.
A few weeks later we had them both neutered. After the surgery, our vet called to tell us that he was very concerned that they were very lethargic. At first, we were worried, too. These two little monsters? Lethargic? We already loved them so much, and after our recent heartache, we didn't know if we could bear another tragedy.
But when we heard more, our anxiety lifted before the vet even knew why. You see, we learned T.J. and Cougar had been placed in separate recovery kennels. When I suggested they be placed in the same one, they perked right up. It seemed all they needed to feel better was to be together.
Today, it's 10 years later and these two have remained inseparable best friends. My furry sidekicks are still drinking from the kitchen faucet together, sunning themselves side-by-side in their favorite window and sharing meals — regularly chowing down on the choices offered in the 9Lives® Meaty Favorites Variety Pack. The only thing they can't do anymore is fit in the litter box together, although they've tried. But everything else is still a team activity. Including snuggles with me and my husband, of course.
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