Love At First Sight. Welcome Willy.

by Valerie, Mom Knows It All

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Willy

Well it’s been quite a journey over the past two weeks. You may recall my post Goodbye Jules, in which I shared that I unexpectedly had to have my beloved Siamese cat Jules put down on Monday April 10. It broke my heart. Every day I would expect to see him walk around the corner, come running for food, or jump into bed to groom me. Every day I missed him, seemingly more than the day before. Every day I cried. By the following weekend, which was Easter, I was really struggling, the sadness was not getting any better. And so I decided to start the search for my next cat.

I knew I wanted to adopt a cat. While kittens are totally adorable, I really wanted to help a cat. So the search began. I was unsure if I really wanted a Himalayan or a Siamese. Himalayans (a cross between a Siamese and a Persian) were always my favorite cat and no other breed tugged at my heart in the same way. Until Jules. But I wasn’t sure if I was ready for another Siamese cat so soon after Jules. I searched shelters and online sites like Petfinder. I knew I wanted a young-ish male. My search did not return as many results as you might expect. So I continued to look, several times a day.

I found a beautiful boy Siamese that was about 2 years old. The people fostering the cat told me the cat needed medication every day. I called my vet and discussed the condition and they warned me that if I adopted that cat I was likely in for a lifetime of medication, along with an illness that could easily turn ugly at any given time. So I did not adopt that cat. He was beautiful and I know he needed help but I do know my own limitations and I just knew I couldn’t take more heartache so soon after Jules.

I found a very young handsome baby boy, only 6 months old. The shelter told me the cat was almost feral, and that they feared he might never fully be approachable or cuddly. I knew the right home was out there for him, but I also knew it truthfully wasn’t my home.

I found a few potential cats where the shelter never replied.

Willy Petfinder pic

And then finally one day as I was refreshing my Petfinder search a handsome young Siamese named Willy appeared. The listing described Willy as a 12-month old cat that was rescued from the streets of Cairo, Egypt, where people hurt animals in the streets. All it took was that first look to tug at my heart strings hard enough that I knew I had to try to adopt him. I applied to adopt him from the rescue right away. A couple of days later I got the call letting me know I had been approved and to contact the foster home to arrange picking him up.

I made arrangements to pick him up two days later, Saturday, in Brooklyn. He had been being fostered by a dog groomer and was staying at her shop. She took me in the back and brought him out to introduce him. I knew as soon as I pet him that he was the right one. A tiny portion of me felt a bit sad, almost a bit guilty, for being excited at the idea of getting another cat, feeling almost like I was betraying my Jules. I turned to pick up the carrier and the foster woman gasped in surprise. I turned around to see what had happened and Willy was sticking his tongue out. I started crying immediately. She said she had never seen a cat do that before. I said I had, every day for about 7 years. My Julesy did it all of the time. I took that as a sign Jules would be ok with me adopting Willy.

And that is how I found Willy and brought him into our family.

Welcome Willy!

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16 comments

RObin Rue May 15, 2017 - 7:51 pm

I hear you. Our dog passed last August and I don’t think we will be ready for another one for a very long time. Glad you were able to give Willy a wonderful new home 🙂

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Jeanette May 15, 2017 - 7:59 pm

Congratulations!! That is great! You should not feel guilty about it at all! This is what you should do! It can be hard but that cat now has a loving home because of you!

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Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle May 15, 2017 - 8:03 pm

Willy is absolutely gorgeous! HUGE props for adopting a cat and not a kitten. Cats have SUCH a hard time getting adopted. You did an awesome thing. <3

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Liz Mays May 15, 2017 - 8:48 pm

Aww, I’m glad you were able to find a cat to adopt. Willy looks like a cutie and it sounds like he’s happy!

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Dawn McAlexander May 15, 2017 - 9:00 pm

Welcome, Willie! Glad to see you were able to find yourself a new cat so quickly. Pets are always the best. They make the best friends and companions.

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Melissa May 15, 2017 - 9:07 pm

I work at a rescue so I know it is important to fid the right match when it comes to a cat or dog. it seems like Willy is lucky to have you as an owner and you are lucky to have found Willy.

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Mama to 6 Blessings May 15, 2017 - 9:33 pm

Awe, I am sorry for your loss. Siamese cats are so beautiful, I love the bright blue eyes.

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reesa May 15, 2017 - 10:14 pm

Awh! I love your story! How sweet is that! Your Jules will always be with you and sent you Willy!!!

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Sarah May 15, 2017 - 10:15 pm

Willy is adorable! I hope he brings you many great years of love and friendship. Cats are awesome!

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Claudia Krusch May 16, 2017 - 12:01 am

Awe he is adorable. Congratulations on you new fur baby.I look forward to seeing a ton of photos.

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Dawn Lopez May 16, 2017 - 12:32 am

Willy is so handsome! I’m glad he was able to be rescued and get a chance for a better life. Congratulations!

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Stacie May 16, 2017 - 2:46 am

Willy sure is a handsome boy. He has found a great home with you.

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Tara May 16, 2017 - 2:47 am

It must have been a sign from Jules when Willy stuck his tongue out. He looks so content with you.

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Toni | Boulder Locavore May 16, 2017 - 4:14 am

Aww.. He is so cute!! I love his beautiful eyes!! 😀

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Natasha May 16, 2017 - 1:18 pm

Hi Willy! I’m not a cat person, but I can see the love from the new human that you’ve found! <3

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Hali @daytodayMOMents May 16, 2017 - 9:25 pm

What a fierce look! Congrats on your new addition.

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