Meet Sarah and her adopted kitty, Marisol!
“I think it is healthy for me to have someone else to think about and care for and to share some life and space.”
“I visited Annenberg PetSpace on a community center seniors’ field trip. I thought about adopting a cat but did not have any timeline or plan.
I have a fondness for what I call the marmalade color so Marisol caught my eye. I visited several times before she warmed up to me, although staff that interacted with her regularly made it a point to stop by and tell me what a sweet cat she is. I did look at a young cat that was so active that I raced back to Marisol, who is mature and sedate, and said, “When can I take her home!”
I thought Marisol adapted to our home quickly, although I realize as time has gone by, that her level of trust and comfort, establishment of our routines, and understanding of each other has grown a lot. I expect this process will continue and be fun and surprising. We are compatible in that we both get up early, like a bit of company, but also independence, are curious, but do not need too much stimulation to be content.
Marisol really likes being around people, just enough to feel included. She has a great deep purr – think diesel engine - but recently she also developed a delightful, almost melodic gentler purr that I think might mean a different kind of happiness. I think it’s healthy for me to have someone else to think about and care for and to share some life and space.
Recently in the middle of the night, Marisol made a long, dreadful sound that raised visions of an emergency trip to the vet because she sounded like something awful had befallen her. She was at the front window, but seemed intact, so after my heart calmed down, we both went back to sleep. There was a second episode some nights later when I found there was another cat in the front yard. After checking back with PetSpace and vets, the thought we are holding is that she has become territorial and this is her space… She’s found her home”