Animal Anecdote

Your Next Cat Will Find You

You might need to leave a trail of kibble

Christine Schoenwald
Aug 5 · 3 min read
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If you’re a cat person like me, every death is a tremendous loss; some leave a more massive wound in your heart. When you have a ‘hole’ like that, you may try to fill it as fast as you can, and for some, getting another cat as quickly as possible is their plan of action.

When my cat, Yoshi, died, it was the kind of loss you don’t recover quickly from. It’s been two months exactly since we had to put him to sleep, and not a day goes by that my boyfriend and I don’t miss him terribly. We still have three cats, and they help a lot, but they don’t fill the hole that Yoshi left.

I know that I need to wait to get another cat and that no one will ever take the place of Yoshi, but like the song says, “I need someone to love”; I need that furry someone, now.

Everybody tells me my next cat will find me, and to trust Yoshi will guide the right cat to me.

Waiting is the hardest part.

So far, no cat has found me.

Has my kitten gotten lost? Do I need to stand in front of my house so that my next cat can find me?

Were the directions Yoshi gave confusing? Did he write South when he meant North? I live in Glendale, California, and maybe my next cat went to Glendale, Arizona.

Yoshi may be too busy eating ice-cream at The Rainbow Bridge and forgot he needed to send his replacement.

I need to look for a new cat myself.

I found a cat named Douglas on an animal shelter website. Douglas was grey and white like Yoshi but with short hair, not long hair, but there was a look in his eyes which resonated with me.

I could picture Douglas as part of our family, so I applied.

Pet adoptions are complicated during the pandemic. The good news is that everybody is adopting, but with so many people adopting the system is overwhelmed.

I’m a cat person, so I know what not to do where cats are concerned. Of course, I’m not going to de-claw a cat — it’s one of the most painful things you can do, nor would I ever return a pet to the Shelter.

The Shelter said they’d get back to me in four days — 10 days later, after I called and sent a new email, I received word that Douglas was no longer up for adoption. Douglas has medical issues such as feline incontinence and not using the litter box, so they’re returning him to where he was found; his finder will be his caregiver.

I didn’t even know they did that, it made me sad all over again.

I try again to find my new cat.

I wasn’t going to quit now, and I put in another application. This time, I applied to adopt a beautiful Siamese named Sim Sim. It’s been over a week, and I don’t think I got him either. This time though, I hope I was too late, that someone got their application in before me and was able to take him.

I’m back to waiting for my next cat to find me, so far, there have been no sightings of strange cats, no pitiful mews of kittens stuck in trees, and no cats coming into our garden in desperate need of a home.

Meanwhile, a friend found a dark grey and white longhaired kitten who looks a lot like Yoshi. Lucky for the cat but unfortunate for me, she’s keeping her.

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Christine Schoenwald

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Writer for The Los Angeles Times, Salon, The Startup, Tenderly, Fearless She Wrote, MuddyUm. Christineschoenwaldwriter.com

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Writer for The Los Angeles Times, Salon, The Startup, Tenderly, Fearless She Wrote, MuddyUm. Christineschoenwaldwriter.com

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The home for anything animal. Tips, tricks, and talks about animal welfare and the human-animal bond.

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