I went to the Humane Society today and adopted Sally Dickens of Pitter Pats of Baby Cats fame. Because of associations I had with the name Sally, and because my current cat is Scarlett O'Hara, little Sally has become Melly (as in Melanie Wilkes). An -lly name really is perfect for her, I think, and the relationship between my Scarlett and Melly looks as though it'll mirror the one between their namesakes in Gone with the Wind. My plan for this blog is to post pictures of both Melly and Scarlett and to document their transition process. If you have suggestions for how to make this process easier for Melly and Scarlett, please feel free to share!
For the past couple of hours I've been splitting my time between the bedroom and the rest of the apartment, trying to get Scarlett eased into this transition and Melly acclimated to her new home. Melly seems pretty content exploring her new digs - I can hear her batting around her mylar ball now - and Scarlett has calmed down (her tail is no longer the same size as the rest of her body). I am trying to follow the instructions found here; obviously this transition will take some time.
I found Scarlett on craigslist a couple of weeks after I moved to Seattle four years ago, and she's been my companion through thick and thin ever since. I was seized by a fit of guilt for being a bad human to my dear Scarlett and thinking she wasn't enough, but was reassured when Melly came over and snuggled up under my chin. She really is a sweet little kitty.