A birthday present received

My birthday is tomorrow, and I’ve received a most unusual present.  It was delivered by a handsome  young man, wearing a tux.  He walked into our courtyard, up to the front porch, and politely asked for a meal.  His manners were impeccable, and he seemed like a really friendly fellow.  Who could refuse such a request?

Two days later, he returned, once again hungry.  DH greeted him this time, and reported really enjoying his company.  DH raised the question of inviting our young man to stay with us.  We have plenty of room in our home, but what would the Meezers think?  The young fellow attired in a tux is feline, you see.

I would never have asked for him because I know DH has had allergies to domestic cat fur.  This boy has a coat that is shorter than the Meezers, and even outdoors keeps it impeccably shiny.  I guess neither of us could bear the thought of him being caught by the hawk that circles the lake, or hit by a car, or a dozen other fates that await an outdoor cat.

First, though, before he could be brought into our household, he had to be tested for feline leukemia and FIV.  I popped him into our cat stroller and walked the two blocks to the vet.  Now, our Meezers have been outside only for such trips, and the novelty of all those smells usually distracts them.  Not this boy – he’d been there, done that.  So what was it with the rolling cage? !  Once at the vet, his marvelous people skills resurfaced.  The techs took him off to have blood drawn, and returned, raving over him.  It seems he cooperated fully with them, purring loudly throughout the whole procedure.  When he got back to the exam room he was draped across the vet tech’s arms, enjoying the praise.

The labs came back clear, and the next hurdle arrived:  name, please.  He had to have a chart and a rabies tag in his name.  DH and I had discussed several names, and settled on one.  I told the vet we would call him Archie, but I reserved the right to change it if Archie didn’t care for the name.  Our vet chuckled, and said that would be just fine.

Archie is at home in our guest room, where he is to be isolated for at least a week.  Like many kittens and young cats he has worms, and has received his first dose of worming medicine.  Specimens must be pronounced clear by the vet before he can mingle with the Meezers.  That’s fine by me.  New cats in our home have always been introduced that way.  Not only do we isolate for any surprise viruses, but  also as a way of introducing the newcomer.  Muttering is allowed under the door.  One day the door will casually be left unlatched, and informal greetings can proceed.  

Archie says “Hey, I’m eating here!  Do you mind?”

All in all, he is quite a birthday present.  Oh, and DH spent a night sleeping in the guest room with Archie, with no ill effect.  Keep your paws and fingers crossed that all will go well with our handsome youngest.

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11 Comments

  1. bookwormblue said,

    August 28, 2009 at 8:37 am

    I don’t see how any cat person could fail to be charmed by your mysterious gentleman. The three of you are very fortunate to have found each other. Hoping all goes well, and that I can say, “Welcome to the family, Archie!” very soon.

  2. Susie said,

    August 28, 2009 at 9:09 am

    What a charming fellow! And, Happy Birthday :)

    • meezermeowmy said,

      August 28, 2009 at 10:12 am

      Thank you!

      So far, no fluffed-up tails have been displayed at the door, and civil diplomatic communications continue.

  3. Courtney said,

    August 28, 2009 at 10:01 am

    He is so adorable! I hope that all goes well when he meets the Meezers. :)

  4. Marsha said,

    August 28, 2009 at 10:31 am

    How adorable, can’t say that I blame you, if he had showed up at my door, I believe I would have invited him to stay too.

    Btw…..HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

  5. AlisonH said,

    August 28, 2009 at 12:23 pm

    What a beautiful cat. And the personality to match–perfect!

  6. dragonsnlace said,

    August 28, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    Awe, what a cutie.

  7. dragonsnlace said,

    August 28, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    Opps! And Happy Birthday!

  8. bookwormblue said,

    August 28, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    Yeah, I almost forgot. A very happy birthday, Meowmy!

  9. tina said,

    August 28, 2009 at 11:01 pm

    Happy Happy Birthday to you! Many blessings!

    btw, Archie is adorable, can’t wait to hear how the first meeting gos!

  10. Knitnana said,

    August 31, 2009 at 7:40 am

    Hippo Birdy to you!!!
    And what a dashing young fella…I am not surprised he stole your hearts!

    I hope the meezers adjust well (some do) and since he’s a sweetheart of a young man, that may be all it takes!
    ((((hugs))))


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