During the deep winter of 2015, me and my boyfriend finally decided to take an animal into our loving household. We were sure on two things – we wanted a young kitten and we wanted it from a shelter.
I remember calling every shelter in my city and asking for young kittens, and since it was winter, not much young kittens were available. Okay, with saying ‘not much’ I am overstating – it was one kitten. We went straight to the shelter that has that one kitten, and it was destined I think. It was a female kitten (just as I wanted) and she was friendly, box trained, obviously a domestic kitten, black and white (for me, right?). She was perfect.
So we took her home and called her Nami (which means Wave in Japanese). Poor little thing, when I think about it now – her fur was all oily, she had cat flue (that we treated with some prescribed vitamins and she got better) and was very skittish.
But in the short period of probably two months, with good food and loving care she turned into the most beautiful swan kitty. Because shelter cats are stronger, less picky and more loving – or at least that is what people say.
Now it is hard to imagine how I ever lived without having this little fella, she keeps me company, we travel together, she makes me laugh and I started drawing my series of cats, that are inspired by Nami.
So I would probably never buy a cat, because the ones that are in the shelter – they need home and love to become the swan cats (and I am secretly planning to take a second cat to get full cat lady mode on).