Growing up on a farm, I was always surrounded by cats. I loved my cats greatly, and missed them very much when I moved away from home for University.
After several years passed, my mom and I decided to stop in at an animal shelter. It was heart-breaking to see the rows of cats in their cages, many simply sitting quietly, waiting for their new homes.
However, one little cat caught my eye. She was crying her heart out as if to say, "pick me, pick me!" I had never seen a cat like this before, but as soon as I saw her, I knew she was the one.
They had named her 'Flare'. I found this too hard for such a sweet little cat and I changed it to 'Emi', which I found on the Internet. It seemed to fit perfectly and she responded to it easily.
She settled in immediately and made herself right at home. Her first night was spent cuddled up next to me, as if she had always lived with me.
Emi is the sweetest little cat. She has her moments of playfulness and loves to sit and hide in bags, boxes, suitcases, laundry baskets, whatever she can find.
She loves to cuddle and will often stand on her hind legs, asking you to pick her up so she can lay on your shoulder.
I can't imagine why anyone would give her up, and I don't know the story of how she ended up into the shelter. What I do know is that everything happens for a reason.
I was meant to be brought into her life, and she into mine.
Reply from Caroline (Admin):
Alyssa, thanks so much for sharing your pictures of Emi with us and telling us her story. She looks like a Flame Point Siamese (also known as a Red Point) and she's a real sweetie!
She sounds as if she's got several Siamese characteristics - she's playful and enjoys hide and seek as many Siamese cats do, and she's obviously got the Siamese delight in sitting on people's shoulders, too.
It is always terribly sad to see cats in cages in animal shelters and I think the ones who do find permanent homes appreciate them all the more.
I'm really pleased that Emi found hers with you. It's great that you decided on a rescue cat, and I hope you have many years together.