There is an Old Lady Living with Us

27 Jun

We searched for weeks to adopt a cat.  Luis wanted it to be a big, hairy, flat faced, mean muggin’ cat. I was happy to find an organization about 30 miles from us that focused on rescuing and adopting out Persian cats.  So, to Hiram, Georgia we went.

 At first we completely bypassed the skinny, scared himalayan female cat in the last cage.  We glanced at the other two Persian cats on display for adoption; a solid black female named Eva that was young and super sweet, and a bicolored female who was young and liked to play. None of them pulled at our heart strings.

We talked to the volunteer of the organization and asked if there was another location that might have more Persian options.  She quickly went to the cat we were ignoring and told us her story.

They had named her Maggie.  She was found in an abandoned house, surviving off of anything she could find.  Her hair was dreaded and matted. Her mouth was in bad shape from eating whatever she could find. They gave her a lion cut and pulled out most of her teeth, leaving her with her only “good teeth”, four teeth, top and bottom. They think she is about 10 years old. She had been with the organization for 9 months, and the volunteer, Cheryl had been taking her home for extra attention and prepare her for possible future adoption.  Cheryl pulled Maggie out of her cage and handed her to me, which Maggie instantly laid against my chest and neck and started to purr. Then Luis reached out to hold her and she melted into the curve of his chest. We were in love. It took us all of a 3 minute discussion to agree that we wanted to adopt her. When we told Cheryl our decision, she cried knowing her snuggle partner for the last 9 months was going to a forever home.

Day number two with us.

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She hasn’t left our side. She loves to sleep next to us on a pillow on our bed, runs to explore our closet the moment we open the doors, being brushed, and loves to hide in our cubes that we keep our clothes in. She loves to jump up and claim Luis’ chair once he leaves it, and loves to rub her face on our shoes.

A month later, Maggie has gained a few pounds and her hair is growing back.

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This is her I am done with you snapping pictures face.  Luis is in love with the marks on her nose, her dirty nose as we call it, and her mustache.  She is a pretty cool cat.

We never thought at first glance we would have picked Maggie, but now we are so happy she is a part of our lives.

5 Responses to “There is an Old Lady Living with Us”

  1. Terri June 27, 2012 at 6:52 am #

    It is a valuable lesson for all of us. You have to get to know the inner essence and sometimes the underlying circumstances to befriend and love someone.

  2. Talia June 27, 2012 at 8:05 am #

    She is so sweet!

  3. Melanie Duffy June 27, 2012 at 8:05 pm #

    Wow…I am so touched by this story. It is a good story. We need a lot more good stories.

  4. Joe July 30, 2012 at 11:43 am #

    Good on you for rescuing a cat in such obvious need. How is she doing now? We adopted two cats from a shelter in Grants Pass Oregon in 2009 and they both are now thriving. So happy Maggie found a loving and caring home.

    • 1,460 Days of Georgia July 30, 2012 at 8:59 pm #

      Maggie is doing very well. She has been eating like a champ and her hair has almost fully grown back. We recently learned from another vet, that she might be older than 10. We are just happy she seems to not mind us and we really love her.

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