Thursday, December 15, 2016

And Then a Black Cat Crossed My Path....

As I mentioned in my last post, it was my 55th birthday in November, and as a present to myself, I had planned to spend a day in Toronto, but then, on the weekend before my birthday.....

this happened....

This is Sylvester - my new roommate

Those of you who follow me on Instagram have already been subjected to photos, (and a couple of videos) of him, but I wanted to wait until we had lived together for a least a month before posting about him here.  

For those of you who are wondering what happened to my dear rats, Ginger and Ruby, all I can say is that I loved them as much as I could, for as long as I could.   I was not planning to get another pet any time soon, especially when I was so sick the past year, partly from allergy-related illnesses.  The plan was to wait until I was no longer working full time, and then look into adopting a small, hypo-allergenic dog from a shelter.   Of course, as I love all animals,  I snuggle any dog or cat I meet up with, regularly peruse the websites of the local animal rescue organizations, and visit the cats up for adoption at the my closest PetSmart.   I want them all to find good homes, but I hadn't been sufficiently charmed by any one in particular to want to adopt one.   While my heart is set on having a dog at some point in the future,  I have always liked cats, and have lived with them when I was in my 20's and early 30's.  Some cats trigger my allergies, some don't.   

The weekend before my birthday PetSmart hosted an adoption event, and Heather and I decided to go look at the cats, as they bring in additional ones for these events.  There was a very large (he weighs 17 pounds), 6 year old black cat in one of the cages, and when I approached him, he lay down, showing off his belly and white bikini-bottom, and stuck his paw outside the bars of the cage.  I've always had a soft spot for black cats, and was intrigued enough to ask for a meet and greet outside his cage in the staff washroom during which he proved to be very sociable and affectionate.  I stuck my face right into his fur to check for an allergic reaction, and to my delight, there was nothing (it usually happens pretty fast).  Heather and I went to get lunch and discuss the pros and cons of my taking on the responsibility of owning a cat, and before long, I was completing the necessary paperwork and handing over $150.  Back at my apartment, I let Sylvester (he came with the name) out of the cat carrier and he promptly lay down on my living room floor.   No hiding, no freaking out. He knew he was home.

He follows me around the house, and sometimes acts more like a dog than a cat.   He is a very good boy who talks ALL the time.  I wish that for just one hour, once a week (or month, or year), we and our pets could speak the same language so I could learn about his life before me, but then again, maybe I wouldn't want to know.   

It's nice to have something else to photograph aside from me - he's an excellent model.  He loves being brushed, and his fur is very thick and shiny.

Profile shot

The couch has become his primary lounging spot - as it's only a loveseat, there is barely enough room for the two of us.  Everyone that has been over to meet him has been smitten.  He likes everyone and LOVES being petted and having his belly rubbed.

The living room floor has become a minefield of cat toys - the Cat Dancer is his favourite thing in the whole world, next to catnip, and me, of course. 

As these photos show, in addition to being very affectionate and well-behaved, he is also very handsome.    I promised myself I would not be dressing him up in undignified, uncomfortable, costumes, but when the pet store had all their Christmas items on sale, I couldn't resist this elasticized jester collar with bells and to my surprise, he was just fine with it.   Of course, any cat of mine would have an appreciation for dressing up!

So that's what I've been up to.   I know that many of the other bloggers I follow have cats, but what about you, are you a cat or a dog person?


  1. I love all animals. Gorgeous cat. Congrats!

  2. You both seem made for each other . . .

  3. KITTY! Oh my gosh, Shelley, he is a lovely boy! He is so like our Vizzini. I just love black cats - they have so much personality. So happy for you to not have an allergic reaction to him. Oh, and needless to say, I am a cat person.

  4. such a handsome boy! I'm glad you've found him!
    I'm more a dog person, but I lived with cats for many years and I like them, they make your life more interesting!
    My flat and my timetable is not compatible with having a dog, but I keep thinking on it!

  5. Oh, I love Sylvester, what a gorgeous boy. No wonder you fell in love with him (and vice versa by the sounds of things!) What a chunky lad he is. You've captured his glorious coat a treat. xxx

  6. What a cutie! Kitties are the greatest, we've got three. Welcome home Sly. Congrats to you both.

  7. Such a handsome guy. He was obviously meant for you, Shelley! And yes, I'm a cat person. Though at the moment we have no pets in the past we've had all kinds: fish, turtle, salamander, hamsters, rats, angora rabbits, cats and just for a short while, a dog.

    1. If I lived in my own house, and was home more, I'm sure I would end up with multiple pets. I'd like to have a bearded dragon.

  8. I am glad there is a new fur baby in your life! I too am allergic to some cats and not others, something to do with their dander.
    Anyhoo, have an amazing holiday season!

    1. I thought it strange that I can be very allergic to some cats and not react at all to others. The person who finds a cure for allergies to pet dander will make a fortune.

  9. I'm so delighted for you Shelley! Having a pet turns out a house into a home as far as I'm concerned.

    Sly is gorgeous! What a guy!

    I love pets in general but have always had dogs.

    I also have allergies and find that cats are normally worse for me than dogs but I do still love them very much. We also used to have birds which I adore. I miss my Midas ( a little Love Bird with a huge personality) who passed away six years ago every single day. I haven't been able to get rid of his cage still.


  10. hahaha - he looks fantastic - my cat would never wear anything like that :) . Great post - super pictures. Best greetings - Margot
    I'm also a blogger - I'd like to invite you to see my ideas too -

  11. Cats all the way for me, Shelley! (Mine have stayed with Simon, for various reasons, which is sad but I visit often.) Sylvester is such a handsome boy, I can completely understand why you are smitten. Long may the love last! xxx

  12. I love cats, and Sylvester is gorgeous! I even love his name. Looks like a match made in heaven.

  13. I'm very happy for you and Sylvester, and you appear to be the perfect match. Gotta love a cat that loves to accessorize. Happy Holidays to the two of you. xoxo

  14. I'm catching up, or trying. Sylvester is definitely lovable. Nothing like sharing a good purr at the end of a trying day. I hope your home fills with his warmth and unconditional affection - usually. Heh.

  15. I am a cat lover. Because I love their independence, their "don't mess with me, I do what I like". It satisfies my own want for freedom. But Ron has a dog and I love her to bits as well. The big advantages of a cat to a dog are obvious: a cat lets itself out and a dog needs you to guide him (or her). A cat doesn't make half the muddy mess a dog makes. So much more house chores with a dog.
    Well I am very pleased you have a pet again. Never knew that you can be allergic to one cat an not to another. It is a strange world indeed.

  16. He's definitely a Sylvester! What a gorgeous cat. Hope you have many many conversations together. xx

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