Happy Tail: Oskar and Tilda

Canines in pet land feeling smug about their playtime capabilities had better watch their furry, adorable backs. Evidently, they’re not the only ones able to do cool tricks on command.

Happy Tail: Oskar and Tilda

“Oskar and Tilda fetch, just like some dogs do,” says adoptive mom Lesley about her beloved Tabby and Calico, respectively, who recently celebrated their one-year adopt-a-versary in their forever home after being adopted through ACR.

Happy Tail: Oskar and Tilda

Lesley continues: “I kind of sensed Oskar might fetch so I started throwing things and he brought them back. It’s a riot.”

Balls tossed down stairs are a particular favourite with retrieval going on “until Tilda is tired, which can take half an hour. Oskar gets tired faster because he’s a bigger guy and there’s a lot of cat to move up and down those stairs,” Lesley howls. “But they demand to play fetch daily!”

Happy Tail: Oskar and Tilda

The pair have come a long way since they and their littermates landed with foster Kat, who kept them until September 2018, Instagramming them along the way. Both Kat and Lesley note that the kittens were very wary of humans, and though Oskar and Tilda weren’t a bonded pair, the kittens were bonded generally. “So it’s great two were adopted together,” Kat says.

“They were two of six in a litter that had been rescued,” Lesley adds. “They were still very feral in their way of being and still very shy. We choose these two because they seemed like they might be thinking more seriously about whether humans might be OK.”

Today, Oskar and Tilda demonstrate how patience can help socialize cats with even the roughest beginnings.

Happy Tail: Oskar and Tilda

As Lesley explains, “We had lost Gracie, our 19-year-old cat, in March of 2018. We took some time to get over that, and then we decided that instead of having one cat, we’d have two. In my experience, two are more of a show which has definitely turned out to be true with these two,” she says. “And of course they are great company for each other during the day when we are at work and school.”

Adopting from a rescue instead of a shelter also offers a greater frame of reference into a cat’s behaviour and suitability for a specific home. “I have adopted from a shelter before and it’s been successful with lovely cats,” Lesley confirms. “But in that scenario you are really just choosing based on their looks. You don’t have much of an opportunity to choose based on the animal’s personality.”

Happy Tail: Oskar and Tilda

As for the pair’s unique names, Lesley says, “We struggled for quite a while. We found Tilda first; a friend at work had suggested that. But we couldn’t find a name for Oskar. It had to be something that went well with Tilda, and we like people names for pets.

“We have a lizard named Lindsay which is such a good name. Then one day our son Liam just walked away with a pad of paper and came back with three names and as soon as we saw Oskar we knew it was perfect.”

-Kim Hughes

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