Happy Tail: Pouffy and Cocoa

Happy Tail: Pouffy and Cocoa

On November 15th, 2018, Annex Cat Rescue website volunteer Kanza and her husband were crossing the city in the middle of the year’s first snowfall for two very good reasons: Pouffy and Cocoa. 

The couple had both grown up with cats, and they were excited to get a pair of their own. When they saw Pouffy on the ACR website, it was love at first sight — with an unusual twist. Kanza’s husband’s family cat of 15 years had passed away a few years prior. Pouffy looked like a miniature version of him. “We just had to meet her,” Kanza says. When they met her, they knew they wanted her. 

Happy Tail: Cocoa and Pouffy

Pouffy had a sister, but she had already been adopted by another family, so Kanza and her husband, still wanting two cats, got back to searching. Kanza recalls being on the ACR website every day in search of a friend for little Pouff. One kitten stood out — Cocoa, then named Hannah. “The first line of her bio was, ‘soft and prickly, hissy and purry,’” Kanza says, “and I was like, ‘This might be the cat for us.’” 

Cocoa’s foster mom, veteran carer Michelle, told Kanza that Cocoa had been found on the streets and was unsocialized. But the minute Cocoa saw her future owners, she started purring. Kanza knew there was no looking back. This was the cat for them. That same night, they went out to buy cat food for her. 

Happy Tail: Cocoa and Pouffy

Pouffy’s carer, another veteran foster mom named Ming-Ming, was willing to wait a week so the two cats could be adopted at the same time. So that night, November 15th, Kanza and her husband drove through the blizzard to Cocoa in the east end and then to Pouffy at the Yonge Davenport Animal Hospital.

The long and difficult journey home was a prelude to a tough acclimation period, where the cats struggled to get along. Cocoa was confused by Pouffy, and Pouffy picked up an illness from Cocoa. Fortunately, Kanza says, “Ming-Ming, Michelle, and ACR were super helpful. They were there for us every step of the way.” 

Happy Tail: Cocoa and Pouffy

After a few months, Pouffy and Cocoa were best friends. And as they got comfortable in their new home, their personalities shifted. With Pouffy in particular, the difference is night and day. Ming-Ming had warned her that Pouffy may never be a cuddler but Kanza says, “We can’t even believe this is the same kitten who wouldn’t even let us touch her the first couple months… if you have your hand down, she’ll jump up for pets.” Pouffy is especially fond of Kanza’s husband. “She’s attached at the hip,” Kanza says. 

Happy Tail: Cocoa and Pouffy

Cocoa was similarly standoffish at first, until a Christmas miracle took place. On Christmas Day, 2018, Cocoa suddenly decided she wanted to get pets, too. Since then, Kanza says, “there’s not a night that goes by where I don’t have her sleeping with me… she’s so attached to me.” The love is on both sides. “I get choked up even thinking about how much I love her,” Kanza says. 

Happy Tail: Cocoa and Pouffy

It may have been a rocky road to get there, but Kanza couldn’t be happier with Pouffy and Cocoa. The experience led them to become foster parents for ACR, and to “foster-failing” one of their kittens. “His name is Monkey and he is Pouffy’s partner in crime,” Kanza laughs. 

It feels like they all belong together. But Kanza knows that without a little help, she and her furry family may never have found each other. “Without ACR, they would have stayed on the streets. It’s heartbreaking, but so heartwarming, too, that ACR is there to help these cats.”

Happy Tail: Cocoa and Pouffy

– Aleks Kandic

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