Day 1 – Sue here. As I sit in my office on the third floor of our home, Tiger is relaxing nearby. After a final deep cleaning behind the ears (who can sleep with dirty ears?) he’s ready to call it a day and drifts off into kittyland.
Little does he know that two levels below, there’s a little Tiger cub hiding under grandma’s bed. We visited Seattle Humane today and brought home a new kitty as a companion for Tiger. His name is Ben. Or Benji. We’ll see what sticks. He’s a 10 month old mini Tiger with golden almond eyes and a scruffy ear. Brown and gray like his new big brother. He came from the home of a hoarder, where he lived with 40 other cats. We picked him out when we saw him snuggle in the bosom of another sleeping cat. Ah, that’s the one, we said.
Tiger lived with his big brother Shadow for 7 years. But Shadow wasn’t the healthiest kitty and is no longer with us. We miss the sweet fluffy boy, but are happy for the years they had together. Now it seemed time for a little brother to be added to the family. Tiger can show him the ropes of the cat kingdom. How to hide in the bush. Chase moths. Hunt moles. And drink from the flowing stream in the backyard. But not yet.
We’ll let Ben decide when to come out of hiding. He has everything he needs in his room below. When he’s comfortable with his new home, we’ll begin the introductions slowly, swapping the cat’s scents and toys. Supervising visits. We want their first meeting to be all good. Tiger has given no indication that there’s an intruder so we have the time we need.
Day 2 – We’ll that was quick. The little rascal is out and ready to explore his new world! Fearless! So here’s Ben!
Let’s hope that Tiger and Ben get on. Watching this space, Susanne!
Best wishes, Pete.
I do hope so! It seemed Tiger was a bit lonely after losing his brother a couple months ago so this was mainly for him….. that little Ben has already become quite comfortable with my mom downstairs… all snuggled up in her lap…
He’s one handsome dude cat! I love his face, especially those tigerish eyes; I think his (fought-for?) ear gives him a lot of character, too. Welcome, Ben! Effie sends heys!
Hi Lauren! Thanks for your comment.. 🙂 He’s a real sweetie.. Going to be a lap cat I think!
They also thought his ear may have been clipped by a rescue organization… A bit much but some do that..
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Wow! Five years ago today we brought Benji home from Seattle Humane to be a companion for Tiger. It was a perfect choice! Benji is still a livewire – scrappy, energetic and loads of fun – while the mellow Tiger has managed to hold his own. Here’s the story from 5 years ago in case you missed it back then. 🙂