Olivia on the bed

New member of the family

With the moving on of our beloved Zoey the Cool Cat, a hole was left in our hearts. That hole never will be completely filled, but we partially filled it yesterday when Olivia joined our family.

Olivia under the bed

Olivia was abandoned in a box at the front door of the El Cajon Animal Shelter the night of June 2-3.

El Cajon Animal Shelter

From the looks of her tummy, I believe she just had kittens. I guess the previous owners didn’t understand spaying. They probably sold the kittens and then dumped this little one.

Interestingly, they apparently left a note with Olivia telling her name and how old she was. As of June 11, 2019, she was 1 year 6 months 3 weeks old, so I have pegged her birthday as November 21, 2017.

We got home with her at 11:33 a.m. She proceeded to explore the house for about 20 minutes before finding the one bed that she could crawl under, and there she stayed for about four hours.

Olivia under the bed

I coaxed her out with some wet food, and ever since she’s been running from room to room; exploring all the window sills; grooming; and watching the rabbits (second picture below), ground squirrels, and birds.

Olivia on a window sill

Olivia on a window sill watching a rabbit

She has lots of spring in her back legs, being able to leap a tall building with a single bound, and I do believe she is the fastest cat in the world. It’s about 40 yards from the front door through the living room through the dining room down the hallway and into, her choice, one of the two bedrooms or the office. She does that 40-yard dash in 3.1415926 seconds.

Olivia is a Domestic Short Hair, and judging from her cute little black nose and goatee, and her spikey-looking fur (it’s actually quite soft), I believe she is into goth metal music. That’s not The Beatles….

Olivia's black nose and goatee

She has discovered the catio, is eating/peeing/pooping, and generally just a lot of fun to watch, hold, and love.

Olivia eating

Her black and white seems to go well with the colors of the bedspread quilt.

Olivia on the bed

Jackson Galaxy (“My Cat From Hell”) says that a grooming cat is a happy and healthy cat. Let’s go with that.

Olivia grooming

We have two months to get acquainted. After that, we cannot return her to the animal shelter and get our adoption fee back. I hope she decides to stay.


33 thoughts on “New member of the family

  1. Merrilee ‘Annie’ Morgan

    What a beautiful new kitty you have in Olivia. May she fill the void left when Zoey passed and bring you many years of joy.

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  2. Espirational

    So sorry to hear of the passing of Zoey. Cat’s seem to know when they have found the home they were looking for and I’d say your little Olivia has found hers. They are so much fun to watch while they are exploring everything.

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      1. Espirational

        When we first brought Callie home she would cry at night. I would find her sitting with her bouncy ball wanting to play. It took awhile to convince here there is not such thing as a bouncy emergency. 🙂 Seven years later we’re all still together.

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    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      Happiness is here, except for the time I spend hating people who dump animals, injure animals, and kill animals. My wise old grandmother told me not to hate people, but I really do hate those kind of people.

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  3. Pit

    She looks ever so cute, and she seems to already feel at home with you. I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed for all to work out well between you and her. With you, she’ll have a wonderful home.

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  4. angelswhisper2011

    OMC, that little one looks almost like me…well…in a way 😉 Welcome to your new furrever home, sweet Olivia. I’m sure you are a gift from heaven *winks at Angel Zoey* We’re so happy for you, Russel ❤ Good Luck Pawkisses to the both of you🐾😽💞



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