“My husband and I both grew up with cats,” says Brittany, “and with a stable home and stable careers, animals seemed like the next step.
“We didn’t change the kitties’ names because Bo responds to hers while Deja, being a typical cat, doesn’t respond to anything!
“I really wanted a longhaired cat(s), and wasn’t picky about the color. Well, none of the longhaired cats liked me! There just wasn’t a connection. So I looked in all of the rooms and came across Bo and Deja and Calli and Christa. While I connected with all four, Bo was just ‘obnoxiously’ affectionate.
“I thought my husband should meet them, so I showed him all four cats, and he too bonded with Bo. Deja was more stand off-ish, but she still liked being held. And since they were sisters, I liked the idea of taking the two of them. After we left, we both felt Bo and Deja were the ones, and they’ve proven to be ‘aggressively’ affectionate to a fault.
“At first, Bo was more scared than Deja. Deja came into our house, sniffed around and hopped in my lap while Bo either hid or ran off for the first week. We laid out an assortment of fuzzy blankets on the surfaces designated as theirs, and eventually, they just took over.
“It’s always nice to come home to an animal who’s excited to see you. Bo ‘yells’ at us the moment we walk in, telling us she’s happy, and to hurry up and hold her! She’s a true snuggle bug. She very loudly declares her need to be loved if you’re standing up. If you’re sitting, she’ll be on your chest, even nipping at you to use both hands. She also loves treats and the laser pointer. Since she’s food motivated, we’ve started working on tricks and commands like ‘sit’ or ‘lie down’, otherwise she tends to walk all over our chests and faces to get attention.
“Deja, on the other hand, is a snob. It’s the best way to put it. She doesn’t like treats at all. She LOVES catnip. It’s the only thing besides us that she’s shown any attachment to. She’s a quieter, sweet lover. She only wants to be loved if you’re sitting or lying down. She’ll crawl up and lie directly on your lap and stare at you until you rub her head.
“Both kitties have their own quirks. Bo will jump on your back or shoulders if you’re near the back of the couch. It’s a horrible habit, but I think it’s cute, and I simply warn people to watch her or she’ll jump on them. It’s her way of demanding attention. Deja will drool if her ears are rubbed. It’s the sweetest thing!
“As for sleeping? Deja typically gets the entire king-size bed. She’ll chase Bo out of the room if she doesn’t want to share, leaving Bo to sleep on the couch or on the back of it.”
Furry Friends Fur-Ever Stories are compiled and written by Nomi Berger who is the bestselling author of seven novels, one work of non-fiction, two volumes of poetry, and hundreds of articles. She is a volunteer writer for Furry Friends in Vancouver, WA and also volunteers her writing skills to animal rescue groups in Canada and the USA. She lives with her adopted Maltese named Mini.