Meet Spider, the newest member of our little family.
We've had her for a few weeks now.. and I'm just now getting to posting this! She is one of the silliest and sweetest cats I've ever met.
I felt her energy come into our space a few months ago. I started to see a little black cat in the corner of my eye and around the house. I would hear another meow aside from Merlin's, and feel a small feminine presence follow me around the house.
I told Sterling, "I think a little black cat might be coming into our lives soon... I keep feeling her. She's got green and gold eyes and little dainty paws"
Which is similar to how Merlin came into our lives. "I keep hearing the tiniest meow coming from a big grey cat! I think we are going to be finding a grey fluffy cat soon" He matched the vision of him perfectly, and came into our lives shortly after I began seeing him and feeling him.
We found Spider about 3 weeks ago while picking up food for the dogs. There was an adoption event going on at the local pet supply shop. They worked with the animal shelter in the area and were having a huge adoption event. So I naturally went to see if Spider was there.
I named her Spider before I even met her in person! The name has been pretty fitting.
I felt weird about being so "picky" when I asked the shelter workers about finding a little black female cat, (but I had met her before, and I wanted to help rescue her. )
No one at the shelter thought we were silly for being so picky! They said they were thankful someone was keeping an eye out for black cats, since they are less likely to get adopted.
They told me they had one cat who matched my exact description, except they didn't take her to the event. They had a feeling to leave her at the shelter that day!
So we drove to the shelter and got a chance to meet her in private.
When I picked her up, I immediately knew, this is Spider!
We went home, to talk and meditate about it before we went back for her to sign any adoption papers. Even though I knew we would be finding another cat soon, we still wanted to be sure this would be the right decision for her, us, and the pups and Merlin.
Once we brought her home, the next day we had to take her into the vet about some health issues, which landed her in the cone of royalty (no shame) for a week or two.
Meko coincidentally needed to be in a cone for a week as well. Which was a blessing in disguise as Meko and Spider did not get along at all until they were both in cones. They seemed to form a friendship and a bond based on their cone-ship.
By the time they both got their cones off, they had become pretty good friends.
She fit in with the other animals so flawlessly.
Merlin and Spider are best cat pals, who love to play Crazy Cat at 4:30 in the morning. Which I think is a contest of who can be the crazier cat while taking tally on who can knock over what, and who makes the louder crash.
Spider loves Wicket too, who won her over by showing her his tail and spinning around in circles over and over and over again. I think she finally realized he poses no real threat. (I assured him, she does think his tail is nice.)
Spider and Meko have a complicated relationship. He tends to bully anyone he feels steps out of line, and to him, her entire existence was "out of line." for a while. Until a ruptured anal gland landed him in the cone, and her past incision spot infection landed her in a cone... they suddenly became friends. Which has lasted even when their cones were taken off. Meko sometimes still goes into his bully mode, but Spider's got this "Don't mess with me" look she shoots at him, and he usually rethinks everything.
She is the sweetest, bravest and most darling cat I've ever met, even though the people at the shelter warned us that she had an attitude problem. She was abandoned and abused as a baby, and was pretty skittish and shy at first, but has become one of the pack within such a short time.
On the way home from her adoption, I was sure to remind her that she was a brave kitty who has done hard things, and she will continue to be brave and overcome even more. I told her that sometimes us girls get the "attitude problem" title when we just have a strong personality. ;)
And her personality is purrfect.