Welcome Bee Maya
For those of you who aren’t into cat posts (click HERE if you missed Monday’s cat post), this will be the last one for a while. Next week is spring home tour time. So stick around for that. It kind of cracks me up that we are sharing spring tours because with all the snow we got yesterday it now looks nothing like spring.
The reason I have another cat post for you is because my husband and daughter did something really impulsive which I hinted to on Friday already and some of you (my mom included) might not understand how we could adopt another cat so soon after our beloved Heidi’s death.
So let me explain. For him it wasn’t that soon because my husband and my daughter wanted to adopt again after Monkey died a year ago (click HERE to read about Monkey). It’s almost silly because my husband didn’t want Monkey our former porch cat. He was so mad at me that I befriended her and ignored her completely. “We don’t need another cat…. I don’t want an indoor/outdoor cat… she’s wild…” you name it. He had all kinds of excuses. Then I went to Germany and told him that I’d be really mad if something happened to her and that he’d better be nice to her and take care of her.
When I returned they were friends and he had found a garden buddy in her. He actually ended up being just as upset as I was when she died of sudden kidney failure and we had both thought that we had a young cat that would be around when our old cats died. We never expected her to die so young.
He had thought about adopting a young cat right then and there but since Heidi started acting strange and her health was getting worse, I told him it wasn’t fair to her to be stressed out at such an old age and I didn’t want her to pee everywhere because of being stressed out.
Then he recently saw a cat he liked at the “egg lady’s house” where he goes to buy eggs from free range chickens. He said he really wanted to bring it home and I said no. A.) The cat is taken care of and one day we should get one from the shelter and B.) Heidi is doing even worse.
And on top of it our daughter had been asking for a guinea pig and I’ve always said no. Not because I don’t like them, I love them but I didn’t want an animal that sits in a cage. It would end up being my responsibility to take the poor animal out and play with it because the kids are in school all day. I just can’t commit to that. Then she begged for a kitten or cat she could play with since our old cats don’t want to anymore. I adore snuggling with them but they don’t want to have anything to do with our daughter.
So when Heidi died and we were upset, my daughter asked if they could maybe just look now and I said yes. I had asked them to just please not come home with a kitten.
Well they weren’t listening and came home with an adorable 11 month old female orange tabby. She’s technically still considered a kitten. A tad bit of a crazy little cat.
She was brought to the rescue group as a 2 month old kitten. I guess it’s not always true that kittens get adopted out easier because nobody wanted her.
She pretty much spent her entire short life so far in a smelly windowless room with about 25 other cats at the rescue house. At least we knew she’d get along with other cats but that’s about the only thing she knows besides thankfully using the litter box.
It’s complete sensory overload for her at our house. We are keeping her confined to our bedroom and bathroom for now and she is so amazed and interested in everything. The snow falling outside, the shower, sink faucet, toilet, toys, wet food, kids, playing… you name it. She loves it.
I took her to the vet on Monday. Look at her riding in the car with me on the way home from the vet.
According to the vet she needs to still be confined for at least another two weeks if not longer since she has a cold and she might have some parasites but I didn’t get the results for that yet and don’t want to risk my other cats’ health. She also hasn’t had the right nutrition a kitten needs while growing up at the rescue which causes some health concerns now. I hope getting her regulated on some good age appropriate food will help her now.
So lets see. She’s getting really antsy in the room though and wants to see what is behind that door where we disappear all the time.
My daughter named her Maya in honor of one of my favorite childhood characters as a child. I loved Biene Maja (the bee Maya). She even has only three toes just like the bee.
“Welcome Bee Maya”
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She’s also discovered modeling for the camera and her permanent concerned and sad look is just adorable.
I think my other two girls will be fine since we are introducing her so slowly and keeping her separate for so long. It’s the same way we introduced Monkey to them and it worked out well.
My daughter had said that it was the saddest thing having to leave all the other friendly cats behind in that room and I agree with her. My husband has a couple he can’t stop thinking about as well.
So wish us luck. We now have an 18 and 19 year old and an 11 month old cat. What a difficult age gap.
aaaaw, it will all work out well- she’s adorable and i can tell you are in love already!
I totally am in love. She’s so silly
I completely understand why you adopted right away- it doesn’t make you miss your other cats any less, it just fills your home back up with love and scratched furniture. 😉 Enjoy your new friend!
Yes that’s right Stephanie and there are so many that need a home
Awww! Such a sweetie! I think Midna was about that age when we adopted her – the shelter said 2, but the vet said about 1 year old. Over the last year, she’s decided to finally trust me and now she sleeps on my legs every night and wiggles under the covers to cuddle in the morning! 😀 You guys will have so much fun with a youngster in the house!
Awww she wiggles under the covers? That’s so cute. Maya loves hanging out. I can’t wait until she figures out how to snuggle
Amazing!! I work with a rescue that has home based fosters and so far, I have only kept 1 of the 15 we’ve fostered! My cats are 2, 4, and 4 and they are all crazy kittens still, though the 2 year old has mellowed out the most. I hope you and your family have a lovely time with her. The slow introductions are the best way to keep them happy though mine still scuffle from time to time (they all want to sit in the sun spot!). It is so wonderful to adopt a cat – so happy for you all!
Yes we’ve had the best results with the slow introductions for sure but even with that they still fight like siblings at times and then snuggle the next minute.
Bless! She is super cute Julia xxx
I am very happy for you and for her. She has an amazing cute sad look. She’s a beauty. Congratulations!
Thanks Diane, her looks cracks me up because she looks like that when she plays too
Love all the pics. So photogenic!!! We were fostering kitties for my friend who has a cat rescue in her house and we ended up keeping them , so now I am not able to Foster but I go over and help with the feedings. Kudos to your family for just bringing home ONE kitty. Enjoy.
I know if I would have went, I would have brought home more. It’s awesome that you kept them all
She is totally adorable – and a camera ham! I have a boy bob cat that looks just like her. He is one of 4 barn cats and my favorite. Yes, enjoy!!
I’ve heard that orange tabby boys are a fan favorite.
I love your cat/animal posts – so happy you found a new family member and another pet found its forever home.
Thanks Esther! Cat posts are usually followed by mass unfollowings 😉 I have my cat friends but it’s sad to see how many people actually dislike cats.
You end up with the NICEST cats! I am envious.
My 9 year old rescue cat still looks at me as if I am an ax murderer…shes definitely Not a lap cat. She hisses and growls at everyone….but will then jump on our bed to sleep.
OMG…just try to get her into a carrier for a vet visit!! I had to have her intubated just to get her claws trimmed..she was so out of control! ($$$$$)
We love her tho.
I’m glad you still love her. Sometimes we love the difficult ones even more
Beautiful cat. I loved that you took her in and now she has such a great home. I love tabbies. Great personalities. Looks like she is already fitting in well.
I do think she fits in well. Thanks Pamela
Such a beautiful cat Julia. She seems like a sweetheart. Love the portraits you took.
Thanks Katja, I love taking pet portraits
She is gorgeous and what a ham. Maybe you should get another young cat to keep her company..
LOL Debra…maybe we should 😉
such a cutie! love her already.
I do too 😉
You are a great cat family:) Thanks for all you do for your fur children
Congrats on the new addition! Maya is such a cute kitty! And no judgement whatsoever on adopting her when you did! There are so many cats that need love. We know that you aren’t trying to “replace” your cats. Loved ones can never be replaced… You are just finding more sweet animals to give love to! 🙂
Yes there are way too many cats and I wish I could afford to give more of them a home.
I really like your cat posts, just because I love cats. Please keep them, it’s a good balance, design and cats!
Thanks Edwina, I’m glad to hear that there are people who still enjoy the cat posts since I usually get large unfollowings when I post them. But I really do care about them so I will keep posting about them. I have to stay true to myself, right?
Congratulations! She is beautiful! I love the cat posts, keep them up!
I will, thanks Donna
Aww…..look at her! Orange tabbies are the best! Or at least they’re the weirdest, in my experience 🙂
She is definitely weird and silly
Congratulations on your new sweet family member, Julia! I’m very happy for you and for her as well. It’s great that you all opened your heart for another rescue cat so fast. You will certainly still think about Heidi often but a new, especially a young and very playful cat will distract you a bit. At least it happened to us that way when we lost our Cecil some years ago and four days later found a 4 months old kitten, sitting injured and frightened in a tree in the garden. It was meant to be.
I’m sorry to hear that you loose followers when you do cat posts and I’m happy that this doesn’t stop you.
Thanks Julia, it won’t stop me because they are a huge part of my life. It sounds like it really was meant to be to find the kitten in the tree, we forced it a little with our adoption 😉
i’m so sorry for the loss of Heidi, but also happy that Bee Maya found a home with your family. Looking forward to future posts with her in it! She’s too adorable.
Thank you. She’s a silly one and already thinks she’s the boss of everything.
I’m so sorry you lost Heidi. At twenty-two she enjoyed a good long life. I have a white cat and an orange tabby who are almost identical to yours. Mine are both males and were stray/feral at my old house. One initially had to be trapped but is now an affectionate house pet. It’s appalling how many unwanted cats are out there. Thank you for welcoming another into your home.
Thanks Sue, I agree that it is appalling. I also wish more people would neuter, spay and adopt. Makes me so sad