Happy Tail: Coba and Kiwi

The story of Coba and Kiwi’s journey to their new home began with a Facebook post.

One day in late 2018, experienced foster mom Catherine saw a post online saying that the Annex Cat Rescue had two cats that urgently needed to be placed. The previous owner had suffered an injury and could no longer take care of them. They needed somewhere else to go — now. Catherine volunteered, and the next thing she knew, she had Coba and Kiwi hiding in her bathroom. Over the next three months, they would wait for the perfect adopter to find them. That person was somewhat unexpected. 

Happy Tail: Coba and Kiwi
Kiwi (L) and Coba

“I used to hate cats, I thought they were evil,” adopter Chloe laughs, recalling old childhood cat-scratch incidents. When she met her boyfriend Alex, and his cat-loving family, her mind began to change. Soon she was putting in requests at adoption websites. It wasn’t long before Coba and Kiwi caught her eye. Coba was a tortoiseshell, just like Alex’s sister’s and father’s cats — the cats that had changed Chloe’s opinion on the species. It seemed like a perfect fit. 

Chloe reached out to ACR and was put in contact with Catherine, who invited them over to meet Coba and Kiwi. She warned them that Kiwi was shy, a fact that would soon be proven. When they arrived, Coba was very friendly, coming up and giving Chloe a rub right away. Kiwi, however, was nowhere to be found. Catherine’s daughter tried to pick her up to introduce her, but Chloe only glimpsed her for a second before Kiwi rocketed out of her arms back to safety. Still, Chloe and Alex liked the duo right away, and wanted to adopt them.

Happy Tail: Coba and Kiwi

Usually Catherine was happy to send her foster cats off to their new homes. But she found it harder to let go of these two, especially Kiwi. It had been hard to win shy Kiwi’s trust, but now she would come up and sit in the crook of Catherine’s arm while she typed on her laptop. Saying goodbye to the cats “felt like I was betraying [Kiwi’s] trust that I’d built,” Catherine says. “But I knew [Chloe and Alex] would take great care of them… they were so genuinely nice.” 

Less than a week later, Coba and Kiwi were home. Chloe and Alex tried to give them plenty of time to acclimate and respected the super-skittish Kiwi’s need for space. Within a few days, Coba was out and about, but it took Kiwi two weeks to emerge from hiding. Once she did, she didn’t go back. Both cats are now huge cuddlers, and never too far from their humans. 

Happy Tail: Coba and Kiwi
Kiwi (L) and Coba

As Coba and Kiwi came out of her shells, Chloe learned both of their quirks. “Coba is Miss Independent, she does her own thing,” Chloe says. But she’s also a very curious cat. If Chloe or Alex are doing something, Coba will come watch them. Meanwhile, Kiwi, despite her initial standoffishness, now sleeps in the bed each night. The two cats are close, but not all the time. “Coba and Kiwi are like roommates. They do like each other, and they’ll play, but Coba gets a little annoyed with Kiwi and needs her own space,” Chloe says. 

Happy Tail: Coba and Kiwi
Coba (L) and Kiwi

Chloe encourages others considering adoption to go for it. “There’s so many good cats, kittens, dogs, any animals out there who need good homes.” Though she may have disliked cats once, Coba and Kiwi have clearly won her heart. 

-Aleks Kandic

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