Portobello is probably the most social cat I’ve ever encountered. He always wants to be around people, whether it’s to play or just sit on your lap. He’s gotten along really well with his parents’ cats and my parents’ cat and dogs. Sean and I decided such a friendly cat needs a permanent friend within his species.
Cheddar at the shelter
We went to the same shelter where we got Portobello to see if anyone caught our eye and our hearts. That’s where Cheddar comes in. We saw him in the back of his little cage in Portobello’s signature position. We started to pet him and he was like a mini orange/cream-colored Portobello. We picked him up and he couldn’t have been any lovier.
We found a winner.
Cheddar in his new bed
We picked him out on a Saturday but couldn’t bring him home until Monday. We officially brought him home on Monday, February 28.
The catch: Cheddar and Portobello need to stay separate for two weeks (ahh!).
This needs to happen for two reasons: 1) he was just neutered and needs time to heal and 2) the MCPCA thought he might have kennel cough (which Portobello had – it wasn’t fun) and we didn’t want him to catch it.
The first day or two included some hissing and growling by both parties, but it’s now been a few days and Portobello and Cheddar seem to be used to each other through the door. The bad news is Cheddar actually is sick, so we can’t introduce the two of them until he’s done taking his medicine, which is in about a week.
Will they be as friendly when they meet face-to-face? We shall see.
Portobello likes to climb into everything. Whenever we get a new package in the mail, he tries to climb in the box. Whenever Sean or I gets a new pair of shoes, he tries (sometimes successfully, sometimes not) to fit in the shoebox. Recently he discovered a Sam Adams box by the stove.
Portobello is not a small kitty. I have no idea how he managed to get himself in there. The next time he tried to jump in the Sam Adams box he was faced with two empty bottles. He just paused for a moment with his back end hanging out of the box, then jumped out.
I decided I wanted to create photo holiday cards this year. I then decided Portobello would grace the cover. No, I am not a crazy cat person. While I could not quite execute my original plan, I was pleased with the result. Here are a few of the pictures that didn’t make the cut:
I was going for a scenic holiday look. He was going for a hunter/prey look. The prey being beads and ornaments.
Not surprisingly, he was more than happy to play in the decorations. He was on the hunt.
Portobello has supposedly been hanging out in the sink. This is something only Sean has seen – until now. He was finally able to snap a picture of the cat in the sink.
Looks like Portobello loves PUMA.
I bought a pair of shoes for Sean and Portobello seemed to think the box was for him. Go figure.
Have you ever tried to decorate a cake while in a moving vehicle? Neither had I, until yesterday.
I was going to a party at the home of someone who could be considered a cat lover – and I mean that in the nicest way. We decided to bring a cake to the party. Since the host loves (her) cats, what better than a cat cake?
the cat cake
So the cat is on the left. Any guesses as to what’s on the right?
I want to sleep all day sometimes, too. Wouldn’t that be amazing? Oh to be a cat.
Portobello sleeping in his bed
Oddly enough, we bought this bed for Portobello before even bringing him home. While I’m not a huge supporter of cat beds, per say, I thought this would be a good thing to have since we do a fair amount of traveling. I thought if he was used to a bed he would be more comfortable staying in homes other than his. He finally discovered the bed and started using it this week.
He is a fan of sleeping right on the edge of things. The fact that this sometimes means he falls off the bed/table/desk doesn’t seem to really bother him.