So I am a total dog and critter person. Cats have never really been what I am in love with. Sure, they can be crazy adorable and I would want to bring one home, but I've always been able to stop myself easily.
Until little Odette came into the picture.
I came to work one Saturday morning and went about work as usual. Headed to the back to get one of the animal care staff to ask them a question about a dog and heard this tiny little high pitched meow coming out of the vet's office. Sitting in a kennel with a stray cat tag is this tiny, little 3 week old, white and black, three week old kitten. Crazy hungry. I had someone show me how to try to feed her and I was done from there. She was coming home with me to foster, even though I had told Simeon we would take a small break from fostering.
Then it was a few weeks of every two or three hour feedings, even through the night. Having her little kennel "room" come back and forth with me from work so I could spend my breaks feeding her as well. Oh, she was so tiny back then. And so needy for such a little one. Did you know that not only do you have to feed a little one like that, but you also have to help them go to the bathroom? Like make them pee and poop by stimulating their butt. It's kinda gross.
Then I was able to start letting her eat by herself. Which was so amazing. I could finally sleep at night and let her feed herself! The little stinker didn't even want the little in between gruel that we usually would have worked up to wet food from. She went straight for the wet food and still loves it like crazy. She then upgraded from a tiny little carrier crate to a storage tub with a tiny litter box. Which she used right away which was truly amazing! She still needed some formula and help going potty here and there but we slowly were able to start acting like a normal kitten and do everything by herself soon.
Then she grew too big even for her little storage tub loft, but luckily was finally large enough to not slip through our doggy playpen slits. So she got a larger play area with a regular litter box in the living room. Odette and Fox still couldn't play together much because Fox plays so rough and she was still so little, even though she was getting so big. And by this time, not only was I in love with her, but Simeon was as well!
By the time she hit two pounds, the weight that meant it was time to take her in to get her spay, we both knew there was no way we weren't going to be the ones to adopt her. We had fallen in love with the little turd. (I have a theory that Simeon only loves the things that will annoy him the most.)
So over Thanksgiving, she went back to the shelter to get spayed and micro-chipped. And then that following Monday, she came back home with me as her new mama. Unfortunately, she then had to spend two weeks in a bathroom, mostly by herself to heal from her spay. She didn't like that. But I didn't want Fox pouncing her and splitting open her stitches. Or trying to jump onto the table and ripping them open.
And then the real fun began. Seriously, the playing between Odette and Fox never seems to end. And she likes to think that she is the queen of the house. And wins a good portion of the time.
We begin every morning with her running up to me and begging for food and attention. She gets free fed and has a full bowl at all times. But only gets a spoonful of wetfood a day. I try to switch up if it will be morning or evening or randomly through the day to try to get her to stop begging for wet food all the time. But alas, it hasn't worked so far.
She also likes getting her morning snuggles. If she doesn't get morning snuggles, she honestly gets really cranky with me and starts meowing or pawing your leg until you pick her up.
Now that we've added Ashe to the household, she's a little upset with us. While Ashe was really respectful of Odette's queenly state in the beginning, Ashe has decided she wants to play with Odette constantly now, even if Odette is like oh hell no. So we're working on bringing the peace back into our home again. But that happens when you own a zoo. :)