Our first Sunday in our new home, our kitties got lost! We were so worried because they're not used to fences and barriers. We cried and drove around our new neighborhood in the dark. Next day we put these fliers on doors and knocked, talking to anyone outside. The whole time we knew they're be together, wherever they were. About the seventh door we knocked on, she pulled us into her house and said she just saw something on a neighborhood website. Unfortunately, it was a black-and-white cat, not a black cat and a white cat. But she also made a phone call. When they called back they said they had our kitties! Their little kids carried them home right when they met them, (which was just hours after we had last seen them)! We were so relieved but also a little unnerved that people would let their kids do that, but grateful they were unharmed. And now we have new friends.
That night I was teaching my Mentorship class (online and in-person). This same neighbor who found the kittens showed up with a "black," kitten. I didn't have time to talk to to her since I was recording LIVE, so a student took it to my laundry room. When class was over, Mathias came home and said, "Mom, whose cat is that? It's not ours!" I guess what happened there is another story, but worth a mention, it wasn't black it was gray, and male, and we didn't keep it.
Mathias has has been fearless with animals since before he could talk. Giant dogs would just make him giggle, even when they bumped him over. But cats have always had his heart.
I heard others say "I hate cats" enough growing up, and I get asthma anytime someone who has touched them touches me, that I just never even thought about them, other than aversely (easy to do when something literally compromises your health by being in the same room with it). But when I was down and so dependent and overwhelmed after surgery, and our wonderful friend Melissa said her easy-going outside-only cat had kittens, I said, reserve 2 for Mathias. I needed him to have these kittens.
It has been a steep learning curve, but also wonderful. We had no idea that in just five months we would all be so mystified and in-love! Cats never had it so good.
Snow and Ash are outside kittens only and, because of them, we are making friends with all the kids in our new neighborhood,. They loved to be held and go wherever children are gathered. Just today Mathias made 4 new friends because of them. We can't imagine our life without them.