This is Jax. He’s one among a pair of kittens we had taken in two years ago, who were abandoned soon after birth. They were completely hand-reared. While the sibling sadly did not make it, our little survivor turned two a few weeks ago. Jax has made himself at home, adapting in his own feline way. Having been brought up by humans has made him one of a kind, displaying un-catlike behavior of playing with water, enjoying the rains, befriending crows, babysitting the young of all species — including plant saplings and kittens of other cats. But he’s as curious as cats can be — moving around the bookshelves, inspecting new workout equipment, and royally ignoring us when he chooses to. Whether early morning runs or late night reading, nocturnal pets are the best buddies. We’re so proud of our little fellow for pulling through and making it this far.
My family has fostered several stray animals over the years, and even adopted a few. While we had dogs earlier, since the past few years it has been just cats. It’s so heartwarming watching them settle into a life after what they’ve been through. Even ones like Jax who were too little when we took them in to remember another life, but have made us so proud for surviving. These birthdays certainly need to be celebrated. Their lives need to be celebrated.