For months, they had been on the hunt for a kitten or young cat to add to their family. They visited local shelters, but just hadn't met the right match.
Ashley emailed me when she discovered Miss Audrey on the IBKC and expressed an interest in adopting her. At that time, I thought I would be adopting Audrey and Wylla out as a pair, so I emailed her back to let her know of my plans.
When Wylla was diagnosed with Megaesophagus, everything changed, and I decided these two would not be leaving our nest together - I didn't want to hold Audrey back while we worked on getting Wylla healthier. I contacted Ashely to let her know Audrey was now free to leave as a single kitten. They still were still looking, and were very excited to meet Audrey. They already had plans to meet a couple of kittens at the shelter that afternoon, and we arranged for them to come visit us first.
The visit went great and we had a nice little chat while we played with the kittens. They showed me a picture of their adult kitty, Mija, who just happened to be a long-haired tortie, just like our little Wylla. I took that as a very good sign.
They LOVED Audrey, but before fully committing to her, they felt obligated to meet those two kitties at the shelter as well.
After their meeting, Ashley called right away to say they wanted to add Audrey to their family and we couldn't have been happier!
Audrey was scheduled for surgery, so we just had to wait for that and give her a little time to heal before we sent her out the door. She left us this weekend.
Wylla is getting along just fine without her sister. At times, Audrey's energy was just too much for Wylla. Things were great when Wylla was feeling good and able to keep up with Audrey, but when she was feeling low, her sister really was too much. I think having a quieter household will do a tremendous amount of good for Wylla. Bean is much more her speed and will be good company while we get Wylla to an "adoptable' state.
I know many of you have stated in the comment section and on Facebook that you feel sad these two have parted ways - there is no need to feel that way. Audrey has a REALLY wonderful, loving home and Wylla is completely happy here while we get a handle on her condition and fatten her up a bit. When it's time for her to leave, she will find her very special place in the world. Our kittens ALWAYS end up where they are supposed to be.
So don't be sad for these kittens, be excited for their bright futures.