“As a family, Opal is our third kitty,” explains Kristine. “And we kept her name since it suited her so well.
“We chose the little ‘gem’ because she was very mellow but also friendly, and because it seemed she would like to cuddle. She’s also a very beautiful kitty. Her beautiful green eyes against her white fur caught our attention immediately.
“We brought her home on Christmas Day and the boxes and wrapping paper scattered all over the house proved a bit overwhelming for her. We decided to keep her in one room so that she could get used to her new environment. Within minutes, she found a small hole in the bottom of the bed’s box spring, climbed inside, and didn’t come out for several hours. It took her almost a week to get used to the rest of the house although she’d still run away whenever one of us got too close. Thankfully, though, she’s now fully adapted to our home and to us.
“Opal has brought a whole new level of joy to our family. She’s such a sweet soul who warms all of our hearts, and always puts a smile on our faces, even when we’re feeling down.
“Before adopting her, we bought a bunch of toys for her to play with – all lying forgotten now in a small basket! She prefers to chase and ‘attack’ a shoelace that she found in one of our closets. As soon as the shoelace is brought out, we immediately get her attention. She claws, bites, and pounces on it, making all of us laugh.
“While she likes being petted and cuddled, it’s only on her terms. If she doesn’t want any pets, she’ll meow at you and walk away. But at 3 AM, when we’re asleep, she suddenly becomes very interested in our attention. When she does cuddle with us, she lies against us and spreads her whole body out long. She also loves the smell of fresh air. We open windows for her so that she can stick her head against the screen and smell all the scents.
“Opal sleeps on top of the cushions in our living room right by the window. She likes looking out the window to observe people and other animals wandering around outside.”
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.