If you follow me on social media, you’ve probably already seen the announcement or some photos of the new addition to our “family”- our kitten Bella. If not, now you are!
I’ve always been a cat person and I’ve really missed Buddy, my family cat, since I moved out from home and into my own apartment 3 hours away. While James has never had pets other than hamsters and wouldn’t classify himself as a cat person, we agreed to get a kitten someDAY. I didn’t expect it to be a month-and-a-half into our lease, but I’m so glad it did!
It all started when I saw an ad for a kitten adoption in Hoboken. I casually mentioned it to James and he surprisingly agreed to go look at kittens. After a few weeks of back-and-forth communication and another trip to the local Petsmart, we settled on our new kitten. Funny story- I’ve only ever had male cats, and James really wanted a male cat as well (we even had a name picked out- Harvey!), so we went into the process looking for a male kitten, preferably an orange or gray one (James loves orange cats, while I have a soft spot for gray ones). But after meeting the selection of kittens, we fell in love with one from the moment we saw her.
From the second we stepped into the adoption room at Petsmart, Bella was all over us- in a good way. She purred the entire time we were in the store, was constantly vying for our attention, and let us hold her for long periods of time. She also had a playful side, so she seemed to be the perfect kitten.
But while Bella was being all cute and stuff, we saw another kitten we loved, too. This one was a tabby and was sweet as well. We were torn, but ultimately decided on the tabby because she seemed a bit calmer. The next day, I received a call saying someone had already adopted her. We were both sad, but in the back of our minds we knew Bella would still be there, and we HAD loved her, too.
So the next day we went in and received the warmest response from Bella again. We knew it was fate- the previous kitten was adopted because Bella was obviously meant for us (or so I’m telling myself). She was a rescue, like most of the kittens and cats at the shelters we looked into, and it made my day to know I would be essentially saving her life and giving her a good home.
She was very scared at first and spent most of her time hiding under the bed or purring with us on the couch. Eventually, she began to warm up to her new home and showed off her playful side (she loves the red dot from the laser pointer). She still constantly purrs and loves attention. James works from home a few days a week, and the photos he sends me are hilarious. Here’s a few:
Much like a toddler, having a kitten is a lot of work. They need to be fed, their litterbox needs to be cleaned, and you have to constantly make sure they aren’t getting into anything. But the hard work is such a reward when you see her sweet face as she falls asleep on your chest or you see the excitement in her eyes when you bring out a new toy.
Prepare yourself for an occasional post on Bella. Afterall, she IS a part of my family now.
awww she’s so cute.
it looks like she might be helping with the blog posts on that laptop!! what a cutie…congrats on the addition to your family!
she tries 😛
Congrats! I think it’s wonderful that you got a rescue 🙂
Thanks! Apartment is too small for a dog right now, so a cat is perfect!
Congrats! She is so cute. I’m a total cat person (my husband and I recently adopted a third one), so I can’t wait to see more posts about her 🙂
Ah I wish I could have three!
Awww. What a total cutie. Congratulations on your newest family member!!
hi Bella! 🙂 such a cute and gorgeous cat. congrats on your new friend.
Aww she’s so cute! Love the pic of her on the computer 😉
Aw she has such beautiful eyes! Haha I love the one of her with the laser pointer – and all kitties love laptops!
Thank you! Why do they love computers so much?
I can not even take how sweet she is. I love kittens! I’ve been dying for a cat but my fiance is sadly anti cat 🙁
What a precious kitten! Rescuing is the best. Congratulations on your new addition!
She is adorable! How old is she?
when we got her, she was 5 months. so as of now (November) she’s probably 7 months
Awww I love her! I love the photo of just her eyes peeking out from the top of the cabinet!
haha thanks! she was a climber that day
Awww what a cutie!
she says “thanks”!
She sounds like such a little sweetie, and I love the name! And now you can get another cat and name him Harvey 😉
I KNOW, RIGHT? 🙂
congrats! what an adorable little baby. pets are a lot of work, but i think they’re 100% worth it, and it’s especially great that your guy works from home some days & he can spend time with her!
yes- we’re very lucky!
She is such a freakin’ cutie!!!!!!!! I LOVE black cats 🙂 Only known great ones! And she’s beautiful, just look at those eyes! Congrats to you guys 🙂
FUN!!!! She is precious.
Congratualtions on your new family member! Thank you for adopting a homeless kitty!
OMG Bella is so cute!!! There is nothing like having a pet (or two in my case). Congrats on your new addition!
So cute! Ps I think we have the same chevron rug.
great minds think alike!
Aaaaaaaah! She’s such a cute little thing! I grew up with cats, so I’m very partial to them. Truthfully, I grew up with bald cats, so Bella is much more attractive than mine ever were 😉
AHHH I AM SO HAPPY FOR YOU! she’s adorable 🙂 phoebe sends her love to bella! 🙂
aw so cute! we’re crazy cat ladies aren’t we ?
Love her! She seems like the perfect addition to your family. Congrats!
Cute cat, and I love the name! She’s all ready for Halloween too. 😉 I used to have pet cats when I was a kid, but my husband is terribly allergic to them. 😛 Have a great day!
thank you! Oh no to the allergies!
So adorable, excited for you. I love kitty kitties and my cat is my best friend so I know how wonderful this must be for you
aw that’s so great! thank you!
Awww what a cutie! I love animals and it definitely makes me sad that we live in an apartment where pets aren’t allowed 🙁 My husband loves cats and if it were up to him we’d have more than one, but sadly for now we’ll have to wait. I can’t wait to see more photos of her!
aw that stinks 🙁
Aww hi bella! She’s so cute.
Oh my goodness, congrats on your new fur baby! She’s just beautiful!
She’s so cute! 🙂 Congrats on the new addition!
cute!!! not a cat person but she is a doll!!
OMG she is THE CUTEST! I want a kitty just like her, but with whittle white feet. Yes, whittle.
haha awww thanks!
what a little cutie! I especially like the photo of her with her two paws up on the couch. She looks like she just spotted something good! haha
What a pretty pretty princess!
She’s adorable. So glad she found a new home! Much love to shelter pets. <3
Congrats on your new addition! She is SO cute!
Pets are a lot of work (I got a puppy in January) but it all so worth it. I wouldn’t have it any other way 🙂
She’s adorable! Her coat is so shiny!! Congrats on your new girl 🙂
OMG, I love her! So freaking cute! My 3 are so lazy now but bring out that laser and they’re all freaking out 🙂
I want 3- so jealous!
She is so cute! I love her already! I have two crazy rat terriers that keep my busy, but it’s so worth it. They are spoiled and very much my babies. 🙂 Keesah, my girl, goes crazy for the red laser pointer and doesn’t let Chubby, the boy, get anywhere near it. (you can see their pics in the link 😀 )