We have a wonderful patient story to share with you today, featuring the beautiful and feisty Eby! The first part of Edy’s story follows, written by Joyce, her human companion. (More to come soon on both Edy and Joyce!)
Eby was adopted from the SPCA in San Francisco when she was only 2 months and 15 days old. She was part of the SPCA “field trip adoption site” at the Levi Plaza on a sunny day in July 2009. She was the only black cat and in a cage all by herself; she had no visitors like the other kittens. I have always had a soft spot for black cats, and it was love at first sight. After holding her, I decided that I wanted to adopt her after the meeting I had to run off to. Unfortunately, the meeting took longer than expected and the SPCA had already packed up and was gone. Although they left, I was determined to find her and bring her home with me, so I searched all weekend until I found her at the SF SPCA.
She came to her forever home sweet and innocent, growing into a beautiful long hair black cat. As she grew bigger, the sweet innocent kitten began to dominate the house. She expresses her attitude and feisty behavior to all.
As an indoor adult cat, Eby has become the head of the household. She hunts all the buggies, and her favorite hobby consists of sitting by the window pretending to be the best bird hunter there ever was, even though she has never been outside to catch one. Eby is not what we would call a cuddly cat – everything she does is on her terms. Eby is very verbally expressive, whether it’s meowing for schnakies (treats) or hissing at the house guests who try to befriend her. She is definitely a one-person cat, my baby. Although she is not cuddly, she knows when I have had a bad day or am upset; she always comes to comfort me by gently putting her paws on my cheeks.
Soon, the house filled with other pets. Eby was very curious about Bix, the first new canine member of the family (2010). They lived together and tolerated each other with no problems. Then came along the second dog, Buddy. Buddy was adopted from the SF SPCA in 2012. Buddy is a poodle terrier mix, and constantly tries to play with the unwilling queen, Eby. Buddy learned very quickly the boundaries that Eby has set. Eby chooses to lie in the middle of every situation there is whether it’s in the middle of the dogs playing, on the kitchen counter, or any project that you lay out. (FYI: boxes and plastic bags immediately become hers.)
Finally on a stormy day in May 2012, while out walking the dogs, I stumbled across a desperate kitten that had fallen down a storm drain in the street and was unable to get out. We rescued little Skitty at 6 weeks old. Eby was not amused at the final addition to our family. Skitty wants nothing more than to be best friends with Eby, and Eby wants nothing to do with it. Eby tolerates Skitty’s adolescence as best she can, but she does not want to mother her or take her under her wing. Instead, Skitty, being confused about what she is, plays like a puppy with Buddy. All in all, I couldn’t be luckier to have all these loving pets.
Eby is the one pet that does not climb up at bed time. Instead, she prefers lying on the bookshelf or floor away from the pack.
Many thanks to Joyce for writing so beautifully about Eby, and for sharing these great pictures. In the next post, we’ll discover why Eby was referred to our hospital.