It’s already hard enough for the millions of homeless cats in U.S. shelters alone to find the loving homes they deserve — and when two homeless cats are inseparable, the search for a forever home can be even more difficult.
But two cats in a Florida foster home have made one thing perfectly clear: They will not let each other go.
Even their paws are held between them.
Rosa, the sleek black kitten, and Lily, the Siamese mix, appeared to be a match made in heaven from the start.
“Rosa came to me … seriously underweight and sad,” Andrea Christian, a foster for St. Francis Society Animal Rescue, told The Dodo.
“A couple days later I got a call to take another very ill kitten that had been in ICU for about a week,” Christian said. “Lily [had been] found on the side of the road in Tampa … she looked like a skeleton.”
Christian, a seasoned foster for needy kitties, began the hard work of helping both new residents feel safe and at home.
After Lily finished a course of antibiotics, Christian decided to introduce her to Rosa.
“Love was in the air at first whiff” stated Christian.
For Lily, who was still pretty weak and finding it difficult to move, the small black cat was a great sign of fortune. Christian stated that the woman had toxoplasmosis.
But Rosa and a hydrotherapy regimen seemed to aid Lily in regaining her strength.
Over the past several weeks, the pair has been inseparable. When one starts exploring their foster home, the other is close behind. When one lies down for a nap, the other does too.
When one goes for the food bowl, the other goes for the exact same food bowl — occasionally usurping the meal.
They remain reserved, according to Christian, who has seen the greatest friends encouraging one another to develop courage. It’s great that they are now integrating into society with the other foster children during the day.
Finding a place where they may live together indefinitely is a new problem for the couple. Hopefully, a kind family will decide to adopt them because of their love for one another.