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updated: Jul 16, 2011, 9:00 AM
Inka joined our family about one month ago from ASAP (Animal Shelter Assistance Program), the local County of Santa Barbara animal shelter.
My husband and I had to put down our beloved kitty Callie a few months ago from complications of old age. That left us only with our big boy cat Mowgli. The house seemed too quiet so we agreed we'd get another ASAP cat when we returned from a vacation to Peru in early April.
While in Lima, we came across several feral cats in a large city park that are fed by the locals and tourists. A very sweet grey and white cat came up to our tour group and I nicknamed it "Baby Inca." I told my husband hat I would stow that kitty in my luggage and take it home if we could it past Customs. But of course we didn't.
In mid-April, we went to ASAP and the Saturday morning volunteer team was great. We were encouraged to be open-minded about who would be the best match for Mowgli and to take our time looking around.
A few cats were recommended to us including TomCat. (his ASAP name). When the volunteer opened the cage to let him out, he walked right onto my husband's shoulder! He was quite confident and playful and not aggressive with other cats. So after some pondering, TomCat came home with us. We decided another name was in order so he became Inka in honor of our recent Peruvian vacation. It didn't occur to us until later that he was grey and white, just like Baby Inca from the park of Lima.
While Mowgli wasn't thrilled to have a young upstart in the house, he and Inka are managing all right. Inka is amazingly affectionate and mellow. But being only two-years old, he's rowdy and rambunctious and a typical teenager. So we find ourselves bemused (a lot) and yelling (on occasion). There are very few dull moments.
Thanks to ASAP and their volunteers for all they do to help stray cats find homes!
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