Cats choose us. We may think we have a choice in bringing them into our homes, but truly, cats are in charge. Recently, a tiny ginger kitten illustrated this fact to a Long Beach, CA, family.
Hard at work in his wood shop, Justin LaRose heard a meow for help and looked up to find a kitten trying his hardest to push through a screen door. The kitten was smeared with paint and his cry was desperate.
Justin told LoveMeow, “Once I heard that cry I knew it was serious.”
He scooped up the orange and white tabby kitten, who went crazy purring, his scrawny body vibrating with thanks.
The pair made a trip to the vet, where the kitten was cleaned up and looked over. Justin and his fuzzy new friend went home to the family. Justin and his wife, Kristin, decided the kitten would hang out with them and their herd of animals until a forever home could be found for the little boy.
Little did they know, the kitten was already at home and their cat, Ollie, would help enforce the new addition…
Cru Joins the Crew
Justin and Kristin were no strangers to animals. Already they had a dog and three cats at home, as well as a tough cat who served as security for his shop. One cat in particular had been giving them a run for their money, only recently calming down.
About orange tabby Ollie, Kristin said, “It took four years and more patience than we ever knew we could have, but he finally calmed down. He loves the dog but is notorious to the other cats.”
A cat with attitude can certainly add to the challenge of introducing a new kitten into the house and the LaRose’s weren’t sure what to expect when Ollie laid eyes on newcomer Cru for the first time.
They were surprised and delighted by the meeting.
Ollie and Cru made an immediate bond, a brother-style friendship blossoming before Justin and Kristin’s eyes. “I never thought Ollie would have a cat buddy like this,” Kristin said.
“Their bond is extra special.”
Cru behaves as one expects a kitten would, being silly and roughhousing with the older tabby, but Ollie takes it all in stride.
“It’s crazy to watch him have a little buddy that he’s so gentle with even though Cru is so rowdy with him,” said Kristin.
It didn’t take long for Justin and Kristin to realize Cru was going nowhere. Ollie had laid claim to the kitten. And it was obvious Cru had found his home as soon as Justin picked him up that first day.
Justin fully admits, “I am a foster fail and I’m proud of it.”