As I went in, this skinny white cat ran up to me, meowing at me and crying for attention! Here is a picture I got of him as he implored me to come closer!
He got right on my lap, cuddling with me and I knew right then, I was taking him home! I hadn't prepared to adopt a cat that day, but I ran right to the ATM and paid the adoption fee. Cotton had a botched neutering, so he had to stay at the shelter a week more before he could come home with us, but we visited him in between, just so my husband could see how adorable he was!
What a little face!
Cotton was very thin when we first brought him home, but we spoiled him and nursed him to health, and he became a loved part of our family. Within the first few weeks of having him, several family members told us they'd take him if we ever wanted to give him up - but we'd never! Despite the fact that ALL our black clothes are covered with white cat hair, having Cotton in the house is always a joy.
After we had Cotton for about 6 months, we noticed he cried at the door a lot when we weren't home. The shelter had told me that Cotton came in with another cat who was adopted right away. So he was used to having a friend! I talked to my husband, who said, "whatever you want..." (his mantra) and so one day while picking up food for Cotton, I went into a closer, local shelter. I asked if they had any "really nice cats", and they pointed to Smokey.
Smokey was 3 weeks old when she was found - her mother had been hit by a car, or had abandoned her litter, and so she was bottle fed by humans. The minute I picked her up, she started to purr like a maniac, and I knew she would be a good fit for our family.
Anyone that knows cats knows it's always a challenge to introduce a new cat into a house where one already "rules the roost". However, I was confident in Cotton's ability to accept a new addition (he is SO chill, nothing riles him), and since Smokey was a female kitten, they wouldn't have the territory wars that might erupt in a household with two male cats.
They quickly became BFF, and they can be found frequently grooming, biting, chasing, snuggling, sleeping, or getting into trouble together.