On Tuesday, J and I had the privilege of welcoming Ella to his house.
Jess was actually the one who suggested it. She texted me on 18 September.
Jess: Do you want another kitten?
Me: I don’t think so. Thanks anyway.
Jess: Paley likes friends. And besides, they’re outside.
Jess: Remember, you wanted a friend for Paley.
[At this point, I remembered signs that were up at the Humane Society when I adopted Pae that said stuff about how having two cats is better than one. And I remembered how I had seriously considered getting another cat because Paley gets lonely. Whenever I’m home she thinks I’m there to entertain her. At the time, I decided my apartment was too small for two energetic kittens and got I Paley a fun cat tree instead.]
Me: A canine friend, though. J is super allergic to cats. How old is it?
Jess: Farms can have lots of pets. She’s six months.
Me: Is she spayed? What does she look like?
Jess: Yes, I think so. She’s a calico and actually really cute. She’s still kitten-ish size.
Me: Why does she need a new home?
[Remember? Jess and I had Abby, and she was beautiful, and she had good manners, but she was a terrible cat.]
Jess: Ugh. Her family had a baby.
[Totally understandable. Also, at this point I was thinking it was one of Jessica’s co-workers or cohort people, or something since they’re always getting married and having babies.]
Me: Oh. I’ll talk to J about it, but most likely no.
Jess: Also, she loves water like Pae!
[Paley does love water. Silly cat.]
Jess: Mmkay. You should also see pictures of her and read about her. They’re on BJ and Tianna’s blog.
[I thought about this for a second and at first thought they were advertising a cat for someone else, and then it dawned on me: BJ and Tianna have a kitten. And they had a baby fairly recently.]
Me: Ohhhhhhhhh. It’s BJ & Tianna’s kitty.
Me: I read their blog, so I know her.
Jess: And like her?!
Me: Yeah. I don’t know that they would want her to become an outside cat, though, would they?
Me: Huh. Jeff actually said yes.
[He did! I was pretty surprised. And then I worried that when I asked him if it was okay for Paley to have a friend he might have not realized he was agreeing to us getting another cat. But it turned out he did know.]
Jess: Really?! I’m not sure they’d care. As long as you love her.
Me: Huh. I guess I’ll call them.
Me: Or maybe just e-mail. [Tianna was on Gmail chat, so I just talked to her there.]
(a bit later)
Me: Looks like Paley is getting a new friend.
Jess: Really?! Paley likes friends!
Me: Yeahhh, Paley will like it.
Jess: Well, you did say she thinks you need to be her friend all the time.
Me: Oh, I didn’t tell her that.