Happy Tails: Patches

When Patches showed up in Kirsten Niles’ Facebook feed in January 2013, it was love at first sight.

Happy Tail: Patches

Niles had already adopted another cat, Nyx, a few months earlier. But as a resident at an obstetrics and gynecology clinic, she didn’t feel like she had enough free time to spend with her new furry friend.

That’s when her friend Melissa posted on Facebook that she was fostering the aptly named Patches, whose white fur is covered with patterns of black and ginger.

“She happened to post that she was fostering a cat for adoption and I saw the picture of her and I was like, ‘Ooh, I really like her.”

Plus, according to the Facebook post, Patches was a cuddle fiend. Nyx, while friendly, is a little more standoffish, Niles said. “So that’s a nice balance of personalities.”

While a bit skittish as she adjusted to her new home, Patches quickly lived up to her reputation. After a few days of hiding and refusing to come out, she relaxed and began to charm everyone with her affectionate demeanour.

“Within a few days of having access to the apartment, she was trying to get up and cuddle,” Niles said. “Once she gets to know someone, she cuddles them. When my dad came to visit and was sitting on the couch, she cuddled with him. She’ll cuddle with anyone who’ll cuddle back.”

She even won over the aloof Nyx. Worried they might not get along, Niles introduced them to each other gradually, first giving Patches her own room, then putting up a child gate that only Patches could jump over.

Happy Tail: Patches

“When I was home, I took down the gate entirely and now they cuddle each other, they clean each other and play,” she said. “I work long hours, so it’s that they have each other to kind of keep each other occupied.”

Happy Tail: Patches

And when Niles gets home after a long shift, she can snuggle up with Patches while Nyx hangs out nearby, completely unbothered.

“She doesn’t get jealous when Patches is on my lap because she doesn’t want to be there,” Niles said. “She just wants to be in the same room. Nyx is the puppy dog of the two in that sense.”

— by Sheena Goodyear

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