I'm not sure if I've shared the news but a few months ago we officially adopted Peaches from our neighbour. Having two cats is so amazing and everyday I'm grateful to have these little fur guys in my life. Ever since the day Peaches came to visit me, she has been winning us over with her sweet antics and tough spirit. When we came back from Japan we put the question out to our neighbour to see if adoption would be on the cards and everything aligned perfectly for it to take place.
Before that (even though Peachy was spending a lot of time with us) I was still trying to distance myself from her in case we weren't able to adopt her. I also wondered about loving a cat as much as I love Gremlin and if it was possible to share the love. I quickly found that there was definitely enough love to go around and how lovely it is to have two cats. As for Gremlin, he was super scared of Peachy at the start but their relationship quickly turned into a 'big brother/annoying little sister' bond. They play fight - a lot! and sometimes I have to break it up but they also share toys and never fight over food and just the other day I snapped this photo of them lying in the bed together (Peachy's paw touching Gremlin kills me!)
We call Peachy our public school girl, we found out she was born in a junk yard and has that tough girl side but she is also one of the friendliest and most loving cats I've ever met. Whenever we have people over Peaches wants to be friends and Gremlin usually runs away and hides. Gremlin is our private school weiner kid, scared of lots of things and happy to let a little girl cat beat him up :p Together they are super cute and make life extra wonderful and happy!
Peaches is one of those cats who will come and sit ontop of anything you're working on, just because, you know, cats!
A month or so back, I was hanging out my washing in the garden and I spotted Peaches lying in a sun patch. I thought it was odd she didn't run over straight away (she's that level of friendly) but then I also figured she was enjoying her sun bake. Fast forward to me going out to bring my washing in and she hadn't moved - alert mode! I quickly brought her in, checked her and found a tick on her neck. By this stage, her back legs were already half paralysed so I raced her down to our vet.
Oh gosh, I can't even begin to describe that experience. She could only do the smallest meow (because the tick had already paralyse her throat too) and she was doing horrible laboured breathing. I remember talking to her the whole car trip, telling her I was going to do everything I could for her and how I was trying to remain calm for her and just talk to her the whole trip so she didn't feel super scared. When I dropped her to the vet, the vet gave me the survival stats and they were definitely in her favour but there was still that chance. that horrible chance. This story has the happiest ending and after a few scary days of ringing up the vet for updates, I got to bring her home and give her a million hugs and kisses. We have since added a tick defense spray into our normal flea routine and make sure we check our cats thoroughly so we never have to go through that scariness ever again!
Peachy girl, you are the most wonderful and bravest little girl cat I know and I'm so happy and grateful you let us adopt you. I love how sweet you are and I'm so happy for you to be a part of our family :) :)