Adoption Day

Warning: Cute cat pictures

My cats, Jiku and Shuba, were born sometime in May 2021; Jiku was probably born closer to the 10th and Shuba probably closer to the 5th. I suppose I could just assign a birthday for them, the way I’ve done with my other cats.

But I prefer to remember the day that these two came into my life: June 19, 2021. It was Adoption Day.

Jiku on Adoption Day. He stank, by the way, but that wouldn’t keep me from instantly falling in love.
Shuba on Adoption Day. He was bigger than Jiku, so he was probably born a few days earlier.

It was the beginning of their personal nightmare. They were under the control of someone who didn’t give them cat treats whenever they wanted, who didn’t do laser-play whenever they demanded, and (ultimate horror!) would sometimes have people come over to clip their claws. It shouldn’t be allowed!

When they were younger, they used to be in sync:

July 28, 2021

They’re bigger now, and the sink isn’t big enough for the two of them. Jiku still enjoys hanging out there, in the hopes of drinking from the faucet.

June 10, 2022

There was a time they could both fit on the original top of the cat tree:

July 4, 2021. Actually, they’re in the middle of a wrestling match as an episode of The Simpsons plays in the background.

I eventually figured out how to attach a larger top to the cat tree, so they could both still hang out there if they chose:

October 24, 2021.
June 1, 2022

Among their hobbies are playing with boxes…

January 28, 2022

…hanging out on a window sill…

June 5, 2022. They usually do this individually, but I happened to catch them while they both gazed outside and contemplated the slaying of birds.

…finding exotic places onto which to climb…

June 10, 2022.
June 8, 2022. The shadow is being case by a torchiƩre lamp in the lower right-hand corner of the picture.

…figuring out who is the alpha…

Don’t let this single dramatic image fool you. In fact, neither is the alpha.

…and wrestling.

Alas, the days when they could both snuggle in my arms are gone:

July 17, 2021.

But one can still fit.

June 19, 2022. Jiku jumped into my arms as I edited this post.

I am so, so glad they chose to be adopted into my life. Shuba and Jiku both wish you a Happy Adoption Day!

April 11, 2022

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