In the span of 14 months, we had to put down all three of our cats. Anyone who has ever had to do that knows it is heart-wrenchingly painful. For us, we had barely gotten over one when we had to turn around and do it again.
In November 2012, we sadly lost our 18 year old cat, Lucy. She was me personified in a cat. She was my kitty soul mate.
In August 2013, we lost our outdoor cat, OP2. She came to us as a stray. Nate said he used to see her going in and out of the trashcans on the street looking for food. We had her for about 6 years. She was an excellent mouser!
In January, we lost our 19 year old cat, Onyx. She was as sweet and unassuming as any cat could be, the complete opposite of Lucy. She was Nate's girl.
For 20 years we have had a least one cat in our lives.
The house was terribly lonely after Onyx, and the pull of having feline companionship was strong. So, I started surfing petfinder.com. This went on for at least a month, and one cat kept grabbing my attention.
This past weekend, we welcomed her home. Her name is Novalee, and she is estimated to be a little over 1 year old. She is every bit the love bug, and to me, she is beautiful. It has been so long since we've had a rambunctious playful young cat in our house. We are enjoying every minute watching her play and act a fool. Based on her personality and physical characteristics, I believe she is part Maine Coon, which is my favorite breed.
So, without further adieu, meet Novalee. As you can see, she has made herself right at home.