I'll just spoil the ending right now and tell you we've found the perfect home for Monroe, and he'll be leaving us right after Christmas. I am overjoyed that a pair of very kind kitty parents found their way to us. Honestly, I couldn't dream up a more perfect home for this boy.
Emily contacted me shortly after I posted THIS post about Monroe. She and Ty were looking for a pair of boy kitties, and wondered if Monroe and Wee Willard were available. Willard was spoken for, but Sue, over at Pitter Pats, had a fluffy little tabby boy named Fisher available. We had talked earlier about possibly pairing them up.
I told Emily about Fisher, and while we were in the middle of our email exchange, I got a call from Sue. She had just returned from picking up Fisher at the vet - it was surgery day.
As it turns out, Fisher ended up getting spayed that day, not neutered. They discovered he was actually a girl! These mistakes happen every now and again at the shelter. Sometimes it's just hard to tell boys from girls when they're tiny and floofy! It was a huge shocker for Sue, and she wrote a great post about it here.
I thought that might put a wrench in our plan, but it didn't. We moved ahead with our meet and greet, and they visited us last night.
I was preparing dinner for the kittens when Emily and Ty arrived. I was hoping to use food to encourage Monroe to stay out in plain sight and not retreat behind or under anything while they were here. He was wise to my plan, and quickly darted under the bed when I went to answer the door.
We chatted for a bit and I managed to persuade Monroe to come out from under bed. I carried him out into the living room, set him down, and the frightened little fellow dashed right back to the bedroom.
A few moments later, Sue arrived with Fisher. Fisher was eager to explore this new place and checked out every inch of the room with her nose to the ground. She discovered the giant basket of kitten toys, and made herself right at home inside of it.
We all chatted a little more, got to know Emily and Ty a little better, and talked a lot about Monroe. The idea of having a kitten like Monroe in their care, did not worry them a bit. They have had special needs cats before, and were willing to do whatever it would take to get little Monroe through his adjustment period.
The more we talked, and the more we got to know them, the more I knew they were JUST the kind of people that Monroe needed.
I went to check on Monroe again, and he was asleep on top of the bed, so I was able to easily scoop him up and bring him back to the living room. I held him and although his eyes were big, and he was a wee scared, Emily and Ty got to see him up close and give him a few pets on the head and scritches on the chin.
We chatted a little more and we watched Fisher run around and do all sorts of goofy kitten things.
Charlene came out to say hello, and Fisher got all growly and silly. Unflappable Bean just looked at her.
And then Emily and Ty they said they wanted to adopt Monroe and Fisher. Of course there were lots of yays and happy tears.
As I mentioned before, I couldn't dream up a more perfect home for Monroe. It's a quiet one. Most evenings there are spent reading books or watching television. Ty works from home, so there's almost always someone around.
Of course Fisher, our little extrovert kitten, will be keeping our little introvert company. Monroe will also have an older woman in his life - they have a very spry, nine year old lady cat.
In addition to all of this, he'll have very kind, calm and patient parents who will cater to his needs, accept his quirks, and help him through his transitional phase. I wish all kitties on this planet could know the love this little fellow is about to receive.
I know once he gets settled in and lets go of his fears, he's going to be such a happy little boy, and will thrive and shine in his surroundings.
And wont he and Fisher (below) make a lovely pair.
Such a happy holiday this is!