Izumi mysteriously arrived in our yard on a cold January day. How do these cats keep finding us? Keep reading to find out the full story.
Do you ever suspect that someone has put an invisible sign above your house? It would read something like this:
ARE YOU A CAT? DO YOU LOVE BEING SPOILED AND TREATED LIKE ROYALTY? COME ON IN! THE WORLD’S CRAZIEST CAT LADY LIVES HERE! THERE’S ALWAYS ROOM FOR ONE MORE! THERE’S FOOD! THERE ARE TOYS GALORE! YOUR TICKET TO A LIFE OF LUXURY IS HERE!
Izumi has pretty much confirmed that sign is there.
Izumi Arrives At The Meow Place
It was January 21, 2018, and my sister was taking out the trash before we left for church. As she walked back toward the house, a strange cry reached her ears.
I was upstairs putting my makeup on when Mandy ran up the stairs.
“I think there’s a cat outside!”
“What?” I mumbled. Sure enough, as I followed her outside into the yard, I heard the distinct fussing of a kitten. There was a black and white kitten stuck up a tree! I ran to get a neighbor (we don’t have a tall ladder), but the kitten had made its way down from the tree by the time I got back and was warm in my sister’s arms.
“What Do We Do Now?”
God bless my mom. I don’t know how she puts up with us.
While I was bothering my neighbor, Mandy had walked up to the door of the house with the shivering bundle of fur in her arms. My mom took one look through the glass window and mouthed “NO”. Thankfully, she still let us take her inside out of the cold.
We put ‘Oreo’, as we dubbed her for the time being, in my upstairs office. After several dozen pictures and plenty of chin scratches, the real work began: finding her owner.
Izumi’s Owner Was A No-Show
Most states have a law that basically says found or abandoned cats need to be claimed within a week. After a week, they are eligible for adoption.
We printed posters; called the local animal shelter, police station, and veterinarian’s office; and went shop-to-shop on the main street of town asking around about an adorable tuxedo kitten. Nobody claimed her or knew of anyone looking for her.
It’s sad, but I suspect that someone abandoned her. It was frustrating and heartbreaking, but abandoned cats are commonplace in communities all over the United States. We decided to give her a good home with us and name her Izumi, which means ‘climber’ in Japanese. She was found up a tree, after all!
The Reason We Decided To Keep Izumi
I had mentioned on Twitter that we didn’t have the money to keep her. This is what I thought at the time, but after taking another look at our budget, I knew it was possible.
Surely we could have just found her a good home though, right? The only problem was that Izumi and Loki had bonded. They spent all their time together, chasing and playing and grooming each other. I knew I couldn’t separate them.
Loki And Izumi Are Totally Dating
Izumi was the perfect match for Loki. Loki is only a few months older than Izumi, and they keep each other busy. It’s easy for kittens to burn all of their energy when they have someone else as active as they are. Misha and Tippy are secretly grateful that Loki isn’t bothering them anymore.
My siblings and I are always joking that Loki and Izumi are boyfriend and girlfriend now. We’re planning for a summer wedding. lol
Watch Izumi And Loki Grow Up Together!
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