I smell a ten year gotcha day here at my house. Yes, ten years ago today October 29, 2008, Mom came home from the Humane Society with two cats, cat bro Bert and kitty sis Sophie. She went expecting to bring home one kitten but returned with two adult cats. At the time, Bert was estimated to be about three years old, and Sophie one. Coincidentally, it is also National Cat Day today, so I guess it will be fine to spoil the two felines a bit.
Bert made himself at home immediately. He’s never been afraid of anything. Sophie was very timid and shy. She followed Mom around like a shadow the first couple months, but gradually became more comfortable at our house. The two new kitties have always gotten along just fine, and often hang out together. Sophie isn’t big on food, so Bert often steals from her. They have to be fed separately because of that.
From day one, Bert had no fear of us dogs, and actually seemed to feel that he was our equal. If Katie and I were doing something, he wanted to be along side of us.
Sophie has never been a fan of dogs, or people she doesn’t know. She enjoys spending most of her time by herself, sleeping, and looking pretty. I have to say, she is super pretty, but she sure is boring!
I was spayed in February 2011. Mom says I was a total baby about it. When I came home from the hospital, she put me by the fireplace with a blanket to keep me nice and warm. Of course, cat bro Bert came over and decided to sleep by me. I guess he does have a sweet and caring side.
Bailie joined our family on my birthday in 2013. She was actually the first speed bump Bert had ever experienced. Bert refused to give in to Bailie, but Bailie refused to let Bert get into whatever she was doing. Sometimes they really had to duke it out in order to find some peace. Sharing the space in front of the fireplace was often the battleground.
Once they had their little disagreement settled, the two were back to being buddies. I mean really, who lets a cat sleep with his butt on their head? Bert had never dealt with a puppy before. I think he was just trying to teach Bailie some respect for cats.
In 2016, Madison came along. She has never once put up with Bert, and the two of them are always going at it. They fight over beds, food, the door going outside, you name it. Neither of them will ever give in!
Life would be boring without cats. Actually, if Sophie disappeared, we might not even know it as we rarely see her, but Bert is our buddy. Despite angering us often, we really do love him. Happy Gotcha Day to Bert and Sophie today! You both make our lives more interesting, that is for sure!