Normally we would not add new additions to our family while still reeling from the loss of 2 pets in such a short time.
Orion has been beside herself since Otter passed. We got Orion when she was 10 weeks old and she has always had Otter as her buddy. Otter hated her at first, but by the end of the first week, they were always sleeping together and playing.
Orion is completely lost without her friend and was making the most heart-wrenching calls for her ever since John came home without her. I have worried about this situation happening for several years, but while Otter was getting older, she seemed to be in great shape so I wasn’t in a big rush to get a kitten.
Originally, I was going to look this past spring, but we got Mr. Paxton so I decided to wait until next spring to look for a kitten.
Unfortunately, that plan didn’t work out so well and we had Orion miserable and calling for her friend that would never return. Every time she cried my heart broke a little bit more, so I started looking for a kitten.
I knew this may not solve Orion’s misery, but I hoped that having another cat around would help eventually, even if they didn’t get along at first.
When these two 10-week old girls came up needing a home we decided to take them both in. They are being slowly integrated into the house because not all the dogs have been around kittens before and they are being kept separate from Orion until they have their vet check on Tuesday.
We did show them to her though and she perked up and there was no hissing or growling (from her..the kittens were a little unsure still) and most importantly she has stopped making that heartbreaking call since she has seen them.
So here we have Parker:
Otter may have had a paw in bringing these little ones to us.
Parker reminds me SO much of Otter. When John brought them home, they were a little shell-shocked, between the car ride and the barking dogs when they got inside. John opened the crate and Parker came right out with headbutts and purring.
She is a wild child and I call her Adventure Cat because she is willing to try anything. She has taken the dogs in stride and is starting so show some interest in some of them. She immediately tested out all the new cat toys and climbed right to the top of the cat tree as soon as she saw it.
She purrs the second she can see a person and she even drools when happy like Otter did (which I still find as gross as I did when Otter did it, but it’s a nice memory of her.)
She also is a big fat pig like Otter was. We have to make sure that we watch them eat to make sure Riley gets her share which is reminiscent of the Otter/Orion relationship.
Riley on the other hand is very reserved and a bit timid. She has earned the nickname Miss Riley because she is very prim and proper. She likes to take her time scoping out a situation and is much happier being held than out adventuring. She is still pretty wary of the dogs and is happy to stay in her crate right now.
Right now we are hand feeding her because she doesn’t seem to be very interested in food if left to her own devices. She does drink water quite well though so I’m sure she will come along in the eating department once she is more settled in.
She is happy to sit on a lap or shoulder and survey the world from those safe spots. She does purr, but it takes her a few minutes to get her motor running after you pick her up. She likes to make sure of the situation before she relaxes.
I miss Otter terribly and still cry a lot, but it’s hard to be sad ALL the time with babies in the house.
(Riley in front and Parker in back)