Inspiration · Pets

A Cat Called Bella

As mentioned, my boyfriend and I recently adopted two cats. They’re three year old sisters named Maddie and….

Bella.

Yes… we have a cat named Bella.

Bella's heart.
Bella’s heart.

No, we aren’t Twilight fans – but lately we’ve been drawn into discussions of Stephenie Meyer, her impact on literature, and her characters as role models for young women. All because we decided to keep our cat’s original names.

Maddie on the left, Bella on the right
Maddie on the left, Bella on the right

{Quick aside: I’ve actually been impressed with some of the discussions that our cat’s name has lead us to – most of which have been far more sophisticated than “Oh Twilight, ewww”. Lively debate seems to spring up around the series instead of a witch-hunt for fans}

So why did we keep their pre-adoption names? 

It all comes back to the day we met them.

We went to the shelter looking for kittens, but instead were drawn to a sweet white kitty who was staring at us from between the bars, purring wildly.

Just look at that little face!
Just look at that little face!

We couldn’t resist a cuddle, so we asked to visit with her and her adorable tuxedo-coated sister. Of course,  she let us pick her up and laid back in our arms like a baby, eyes closed in perfect trust. The perfect little cuddle-bug.

While she checked out the cat room, we called Bella’s name only to have her ears perk up and her return for more cuddles. It was heart warming. Her sister, Maddie, was pretty wild, but she allowed us to pick her up in turn. For a few moments at least. And even Maddie’s ears seemed to perk up when we called her by name.

Maddie is known for piling toys up so we can play
Maddie is known for piling toys up so we can play at our leisure

Since we’d visited the shelter with the intention of  scoping out some kittens, we left empty-handed. But the thought of two sweet sisters clung to us, resulting in many long conversations about the cats, our ideal cat characteristics, and the lives we want them to fit into.

Fifteen or more years of companionship is quite a commitment!

After a few days of talking, two more shelter visits, and dozens of visits to the Humane Society website, we knew that these were our cats. So our choice was made – and we couldn’t be happier.

Our story is just one of thousands of happy new beginnings for older shelter pets. If you are ready for a pet, I encourage you to consider an older individual – or a pair of siblings. You’ll have a better idea of the personalities that you’re bringing home.

We are so fortunate to have found two friends who are as cuddly and gentle as we’d imagined, and still mischievous and playful as a younger pet. They’ve found a great home with these two cat lovers.

And what post would be complete without some heartwarming photos?

This photo demonstrates the kind of personalities we're dealing with. Maddie loves to be your shadow and watch incessantly with her big green eyes, while Bella is a snuggler who is comfortable in any scenario.
This photo demonstrates the kind of personalities we’re dealing with. Maddie loves to be your shadow and watch incessantly with her big green eyes, while Bella is a snuggler who is comfortable in any scenario.
Maddie in all her tuxedo glory. I wonder if she'd be open to a bow tie...
Maddie in all her tuxedo glory. I wonder if she’d be open to a bow tie…
Their favourite activity - staring out the patio door at that tag thing on the propane tank as it dances in the wind.
Their favourite activity – staring out the patio door at the tag-thing on the propane tank as it dances in the wind.

And, one small video of Bella playing…

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5 thoughts on “A Cat Called Bella

  1. They are adorable :) and well done for adopting the often neglected older cats. Both my adopted cats have been adult when I took them on. The first because we lived in rented accommodation which said we could have a cat but not a kitten. But I’d have probably chosen that anyway as I don’t have the energy for a maniac kitten!

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