Happy Tails: Momma and Manny

When Momma and Manny became part of Reggie and Dave’s family, everything changed. “We very quickly became ‘crazy cat people,’” Reggie laughs. “Our iPhones are filled with photos!”

But before their beloved feline companions came into their lives, Reggie and Dave thought a lot about what they wanted. “We knew we didn’t want to buy a pet. I don’t want to think of cats as a product for sale,” Reggie says firmly. And they knew they preferred having mature cats.

Both Dave and Reggie travel extensively for work and didn’t want the stress of training kittens. And, “we knew we wanted two cats so they had a built-in friend from the start,” Reggie adds. When they both agreed on adopting rescue cats, Annex Cat Rescue became a perfect place to start looking.

Mommy and Manny at an adoptathon

Reggie and Dave found the process of adopting cats online with ACR easy and straightforward. They filled out an application. “And of course, looked at the amazing and cute cats available for adoption,” Reggie says. “We were told it was a challenge to find forever homes for older cats and bonded pairs.”

When Reggie was visiting foster homes, she found it a bit odd to choose one pair of cats over another. But she realized “it’s about connection and finding the right fit for both you and the cats.” So, when Dave and Reggie found Momma, 12 and Manny, four, they were thrilled they could help shelter a mother-and-son pair.

“Momma was very shy and we barely saw Manny. But Momma eventually warmed up and played with a fish on a pole.”

Reggie and Dave were smitten.

Momma and Manny

When they came home they all seemed a bit nervous of each other — both humans and felines. Momma and Manny hid for about a half hour and then slowly started to explore the house. But when it was time for bed, Dave was unsure what the cats would do. Would they continue to take stock of their new home or sleep? That night, all four were tucked up in bed, Manny snuggling Reggie while Momma slept at their feet under the covers.

Momma

They were never lap cats but now take turns moving between Reggie and Dave while they sit on the couch. When Dave works from home, he’ll type with one hand on his laptop and stroke Momma with the other. Momma is very spry for an older girl. She loves having her belly rubbed and stretches each paw in the air like a child raising her hand to ask a question — a gesture Reggie finds wonderful and very charming. Manny is a Momma’s boy and will try to climb into Momma’s shoebox and snuggle with her. Sometimes she chases him away but most often they cuddle.

Cuter still, “when one of us is away, we send photos and videos of the cats and talk to them through Facetime video. When they see us and hear our voices, they will often rub on the iPad. We let Manny watch bird videos on the iPad on Saturday mornings,” Reggie says.

Manny watching tv

Reggie and Dave have no regrets about adopting rescue cats. “Cats are low maintenance; affectionate, independent and don’t need constant attention.” She also highly recommends adopting mature and bonded pairs. Their love is immeasurable for each other and their human companions.

— Gillian Semple

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