This tale really begins in 1994 when I fostered a litter of kittens for Kitty Angels of CT, a non-profit, no-kill cat shelter. Two of the kittens, Sammy and Shadow, brothers who looked nothing alike, won my heart and I adopted them. They were my children, my babies. Sammy (the fluffy one) in particular tugged my heart strings hard and we had a strong bond. My brother used to joke that they would have to put me in a straight jacket if anything happened to Sammy.
Shadow lived to be 13 and passed away from cancer in 2007. This was tough on Sammy as he had lost all of his prior feline friends as well and he was, for the first time, the only cat in the house. The day after Christmas 2009, Sammy passed away in my arms. He had been slowly going downhill since his brother passed and the vet could really find nothing serious wrong. I believe he just needed to be with his brother again.
December 28, 2009; one day without a cat in my home was too much. A friend whose horse was boarded in the same stable as mine told me about a little feral kitten that had been trapped; her husband was the animal control officer and they wanted me to have the kitten. I went to see him and he was so skinny, full of fleas and worms and so scared, I took him home. He stayed hidden pretty much most of the time, but I pet him as often as possible as I worked to get rid of his parasites and put weight on him. I named him Binx, after the cat in the movie “Hocus Pocus” (although my Binx was not a black cat, but dark grey like my Shadow had been, except Binx has white paws, belly and a tiny white strip on his face). Another kitten had come to my attention. Also at the stable, the owner informed me of a cat (or kitten, she wasn’t sure) that had just appeared in the hay barn and was living amongst the bales and seemed afraid to come out, though he meowed a lot and seemed friendly enough. On January 1st 2010, I went into the hay barn and found him; a cute Maine Coon cross about 7 months old. I brought him home hoping he would help Binx to socialize. I named him Jake, after the cat from the old Disney movie “The Cat From Outer Space.” Binx and Jake were instantly best friends.
Since that day, I have fostered quite a few more cats and kittens for Kitty Angels, but I was still searching for that “one” that would make me feel as Sammy did. First, I wanted a cat that at least looked a bit like him, with his tri-color markings, cotton-soft fur and bushy tail. Though Jake was a medium hair with a bushy tail, he actually had an aloof personality, despite how vocal he was and how friendly he seemed. And Binx, well, Binx let me pet him, but he was still feral. I loved them, of course I did, but I still wanted that “special” kitten. One I could raise up from a little kitten just as I had with Sammy.
A female cat named Misha, with pretty fur, an adorable face, and grey and white markings a bit like Sammy’s came into the shelter in March 2010. Though I was not going to adopt her, I discovered she was pregnant and I told the shelter owner that I would foster her and maybe keep one of the kittens if I drew any special bond to one. There was no guarantee any of them would have her fur or markings, but it would be fun to foster kittens from birth anyway.
On May 3rd, 2010 Misha had her kittens. Two boys and two girls, all long haired. The 2 girls were both black and white, one with more white and the other with more black. The boys were grey and white on one and the other tiger and white. It was the most beautiful litter of kittens I have ever seen. As they grew, I knew I would adopt one of the girls, but deciding which one was tough. They had the soft fur, the look and were both born right here. I named them Ariel and Elisabeth. Ariel I named after one of my favorite TV characters and I just like the name Elisabeth.
It took close to two months, but I decided to adopt them both! Just in the nick of time, as someone was interested in maybe adopting Elisabeth. Logic told me I had in the past adopted both Sammy and Shadow, brothers who had been born on May 8th, so now I should adopt both sisters who were born on May 3rd.
And that is how I got Ariel and Elisabeth. I have since adopted an ex-barn cat and a foster of mine who came to me as a pet that had been thrown out to fend for himself and had lived on his own so long and had sustained so much abuse he was vicious. Now, he is one of the sweetest cats I have ever owned. It’s amazing what love will do for an animal!
Ariel (lower left), Elisabeth (middle bottom)�
The 2 brothers, Specs (behind Misha) and Ewok
(next to Elisabeth) were both adopted together.