After our last cat past on earlier this year, we knew we could not be without a cat for long. It didn’t seem right to get one too quickly, and then we had such a long trip planned. One of the things the kids and I discussed non-stop on our trip was getting a kitten (or three!) when we returned. Well, that Sunday after we got back, I went to visit the Mesquite Valley Growers Cat Sanctuary, which is part of our favorite plant nursery, Mesquite Valley Growers. I want to scout out the kittens and the sanctuary before we took the kids there.
It’s an beautiful, old, historic home that is completely a cat sanctuary. No people live there at all. The kittens have three rooms to themselves, and older cats have the run of the rest of the house. There’s even a huge enclosed patio for the outdoor and feral cats to enjoy. It is pretty amazing. Adoption fees cover neutering the pets, and their first set of yearly shots – and that’s it. It’s very reasonable. Clearly, the older and feral cats are cared for continuously.
In the kitten room, we all scattered to explore. We had decided as a family that we would be getting only one kitten, so we all had to agree on the kitten. Gabe and I were playing with the active kittens, which I thought might be a good fit for the boy. Sophia sat down, and this adorable black kitten sat in her lap. She was entranced. So was Jon. They called me in and he crawled in my lap after playing with Gabe. We knew this was the one, only the gal told us he was going to be adopted by another family. Heartbroken, we continued looking, but no one seemed right.
An hour later, the gal came back and told us we could have him! The other family had been in three times, and were still thinking. She knew we had made up our minds. After completing the paperwork, we brought him home. We were testing out names (and Sophia kept calling him “her”), so we tried Sascha. Jon suggested Simon, my absolute favorite name. The kids agreed, and now we have a playful, lap-loving kitten named Simon. He’s a doll.
Simon loves to play, loves to cuddle, puts up with Gabe’s rough play, and has to be right in the middle of everything. Lucy, slightly annoyed the return of noise in the house, seems to really like Simon. Simon is still not sure about this giant furry creature, but he’s getting used to her. After the kids go to bed, he can be found either in my lap, or on Jon’s desk while he works. He’s a content cat! And we are so glad to have found him!