We added a member to our family August, 2011. It was sort of planned, but how we ended up with the particular kitten we now have was fate. I talked to Joe about this darling kitten I saw at Pet Smart SPCA kittens. We both felt Spartan needed a cat for company. When I went to get her, she was gone. So I went to the SPCA direclty. They discouraged me getting a kitten, said everyththing but literally NO! They felt that since Spartan was "intact" he would not accept a kitten and would pee all over the house or hate it. I left disheartened, I thought I was coming home with a baby. The kitten I looked at needed to be spaded, had it been done I'd have taken her, but I had to wait 2-3 weeks. She was adopted by someone else. So I went to KARMA a NB rescue cat organization, much better than the SPCA, they trap, neuter and release. I looked at a kitten that had 6 toes, but another lady was also looking at him, and she took him. So now everyone I looked at had gotten adopted 3/3, I felt like the kitty fairy. KARAMA refused to give me a kitten unless I got Spartan neutured. I went to Kiji for the first time in my life, fired off some emails and waited. One ad said "can not afford to feed kitten". This got my attention as i thought, really?! What does it cost, really? I went to "see" this kitten. I took my carrier, not sure why, as he wasnt suppost to be going home with me that night. As soon as I saw the kitten I knew I had to take him, that night, regardless of if I could keep him or not. If not, Id find him a home. He had untreated fleas. The house was below the poverty line, I felt so bad for everyone in that house. But, all I could do was save the kitten. He purred the second he went into my carrier. He was a angle the whole trip home. I kept him in half our house and Spartan in the other half. I introduced them slowly, over 5 weeks, until Spartan decided he liked the kitten. Then, just like that, they where friends. They are now unseperatable, they love each other, play together, and both are happy. I am so glad I didnt listen to anyone and I did get Spartan a friend. He stays in the house much more now that he has his buddy. He did not once pee all over the house. Wet food was a great reinforcer of good behaviour, when he was friendly to the kitten: wet food! Shepherd likes to go outside with Spartan so we go for family walks. Shepherd wears a leash and dosnt mind it at all! He thinks his sweater and jacket for winter are great because he dosnt like being cold. The boys are the joys of our lives and are very much our babies. They take a lot of time and effort, but for me pets are a gift, it is important they are happy, taken care of... ok, spoiled in our case, but they are good cats. Shepherd turned 1 year old Jan. 2013 and he is almost as big as Spartan (wide) and much bigger (long/tall). We think he may be part Maine Coon because of the long fur, hair between toes, and really big tail!
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