This is a sad and a happy story. The funny thing is, the sad and the happy parts are the very same parts. I’m not a genius, I’m just a capybara, so I’m not even going to try to figure that out. All I have to say is that Stripe doesn’t live with us anymore — not that he ever did to hear Melly tell it.
Those of you who are regular readers will remember my previous blog post about Stripe and how cute he is. Even Melly agreed he was cute. But she also said he was trouble.
The above photo shows the basis of the problem: Stripe is a carnivore and rabbits are carnivore food. It doesn’t seem to matter that Stripe could never catch either Maple or Oakley or that either one of the rabbits weighed considerably more than him, Melly said we could not have a cat chasing them around all the time. I countered that the rabbits could surely use a bit of exercise, if you know what I mean, but Melly said no.
The search was on to find him a new home.
First Melly tried Sheldon but he said he already has two cats and three cats is more animal hording than just keeping pets.
Then she tried her son Philip. He doesn’t come visit me very often because he has a full time job, he’s taking three college courses and he has a little family. Melly tried to convince him that Stripe would be a perfect cat for his daughter, Celeste. That’s the same Celeste who inspired Celeste and the Giant Hamster so you know she would love to have a pet cat. But Philip said no, he doesn’t have time to care for a cat no matter how cute.
Then Melly tried her daughter, Coral, and we have a winner!
It was love at first sight. Coral immediately realized what a great cat Stripe is. She was impressed that you can hold him upside down and scratch his stomach. But she didn’t like his name. This is still somewhat in the air, but it looks like Flopsy is the current favorite. It makes some sense because that kitten just flops around.
Flopsy even likes to be hugged, which is a big deal for Coral.
After Coral agreed to take Flopsy and make him part of her family, she needed some things for him. She and Melly decided to go to PetsMart to find everything a newly adopted cat needs.
Flopsy was a big hit at the store, from what I heard. Everyone was surprised at how cute and how calm he is. He even fell asleep in his new cat tower before they even bought it!
I am going to miss Flopsy…but not yet since I got to go visit him today, just one day after he left! I’d never even been to Coral’s apartment before but we stopped by there to pick her up on our way to The Dino Park (a blog post is coming up on that adventure later this week).
Apartments seem to be small houses with no yards. I am glad I do not live there but as I checked the place out, I could see that Coral and Melly went over-the-top to make it a nice home for Flopsy. And he seems to like it there.
The apartment passed my rigorous inspection so I guess it’s okay for Flopsy. Probably better than living in our yard with the cold weather coming on. And he and Coral seem to be a perfect match. Hopefully I will be visiting him often.