Happy Tails: Pamela and Max

Peter had only been looking for one cat. “I always wanted a cat with white socks,” he thought when he spotted Pamela on ACR’s website.


“I named her after an old girlfriend.” But Peter became concerned with Pamela’s constant meowing after adopting her. “She was very chatty!” So much so, Peter affectionately nicknamed her Meow Me. “Oh and she hid a lot, too.” Peter adds.

“She’s missing Max!” foster Susan replied to a concerned Peter via email. “And he’s still available to adopt.”

Susan rescued Pamela and Max when they were abandoned by her neighbours upon eviction. But Peter was unsure how well they’d get along. Susan reminded him they were older cats and a bonded pair. Pamela missed Max’s company. “Besides, female cats are usually the boss!” Susan assured him.


“I knew this was a perfect match. Peter was an ideal adopter living in a condo.” Susan said knowing they would be well cared for. “He was very concerned about what to feed them and what furnishings to purchase.”

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A year later, Pamela and Max are well adjusted to living in Peter’s home. Pamela doesn’t hide underneath the couch anymore.

“I can’t even fathom how she got under there! It had a very low clearance. She’d only came out to relieve herself and eat.” Peter says, still amazed.

But sometimes they hide if Peter has company they haven’t met. Pamela has not ceased being talkative. “She’s not a lap cat. But she does fancy me!” Peter coos. She loiters in every room he is in and sleeps close. “But never on me,” Peter says. She also serves as his alarm clock waking him by the third meow.


Max, on the other hand will sleep on Peter and jump in his lap every chance but rarely utters a peep. Peter has grown to appreciate Max’s companionship. “I’m very fortunate to have him.” Any qualms Peter had about carpets being scratched has been remedied by the many cat trees provided for their use. “They have taken over my condo and I think they have called my lawyer to change the title over to them!” Peter jokes. Pamela has already declared his condo as her “domain for meow!”

Adopting Pamela and Max has been a very satisfying experience for Peter. And Max’s addition to the family hasn’t been any more work. Peter recommends adopting older cats. “You are more aware of their temperament. And they don’t need attention 24/7,” Peter adds. “I’m a pretty happy person already. Having Pamela and Max around is just more gravy in life!”

Gillian Semple

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