Wow...how do I get into this...? It feels so weird; I'm both very happy and very sad all in one. Yesterday, my Love, my friend Rand and I were out and about and we ended up driving over to the SPCA. I had been looking at their website the night before and saw a cutie brown tiger tabby named "Mittens." When I got there, sure enough, I ended up gravitating over to her and both my Love and I really liked her. This was her description:Looking for a very sociable 3-year old spayed female who is all ready to go home with you today? Look no further, you've found me! I'm MITTENS! I have short fur with tiger markings and white, and I have big green eyes. I'm extremely friendly and love human attention! I love being picked up and riding around on people's shoulders! I am also fond of looking out the window, using my scratching post, sitting on your lap and purring, playing, and just about anything else involving human attention and love! The only thing I'm not too fond of is being put back in my cage at the SPCA when playtime is over. I'm a people kitty and I want to be where the action is! I'm ready to go to a new home of my very own, where there are no cages and where the shoulder rides are unlimited! I'd love it if you'd come in to visit me today: Remember, Mittens is my name, loving people is my game!
Needless to say, we ended up taking her home. (Saw that coming, hu?)
I didn't even mean to get a kitty so soon and I'm still mourning for Kush-ka, but at the same time...she just kinda clicked with me. I'm happy because she is just a sweetheart - she even came and slept on the bed with us last night (her first night in the apartment!) - and I'm sad because of course, I still miss Kush. I have silly worries like thinking people are going to think I just didn't care about Kush and I got over it without problem, or that I didn't really love him since I got another kitty so soon, but...like my mom said, I just have room in my heart and love to give for animals and there's no reason that I shouldn't share that love with another animal. My Love reassures me that it doesn't make me look like a bad person to get another kitty so soon and that no one would think that I have stopped missing, mourning, or loving Kush, but it still twinges in the back of my mind.
Anyway....we didn't like the name "Mittens" (just so generic and she didn't even respond to it anyway), so after a lot of searching last night, we found the name "Mika" and that ended up being it. It means a lot of things in a lot of languages from "wise little racoon" in India to "new moon" in Japan. We're pronouncing it "me-ka" and she already seems to have starting picking up on it. She's a vibrant thing (I've forgotten that a three year old cat is much more active then a thirteen year old one!) and has these big, beautiful eyes I haven't been able to get a good picture of as my camera sucks without the flash and she squints her eyes when I use the flash. (D'oh) She's a BIG girl - coming in around I'd estimate 15lbs or so. She's an even larger cat then Kush was at his prime. I thought if I got a girl, she'd be a small little thing, but not Mika; she's a big girl (with a little head. *lol*)
So far, I only have a couple silly pics but today I'm going to try to get a better shot of her face (which is hard because our apartment is shaded 24/7 by trees, so there's no natural light in this place which makes getting photos taken hard). Enough of the babbling, here's a pic of her playing with some catnip.
Strange, hu? It's weird, because I haven't even gotten back Kush's ashes yet (sometime next week) and I was still crying even last night (I seem to do that at least once a day for a good 20 or so unbroken minutes a day, but it feels good to let it out) over him, but she's just such a darling and she's already so loving, it's really nice to have another kitty around to keep me company.
Ok, enough babbling for now...I'm a weird rollercoaster of emotion today (and good old Aunt Flo ain't helping things) so I'm gonna go hang out with Mika for a bit. She's out on the couch having already set her claim to the one. More later.
I just realized I can show you her pic from the spca site which is teeny, but does show her pretty eyes: