The Unintentional Christmas Cat

by Claire H. on December 24, 2013

snuggledtato For awhile I had been thinking about getting a cat. I weighed the pros and cons and decided that when the time was right it would happen. I had asked the photo studio to let me know when they were going to be bringing cats in… not kittens, but cats. Although the idea of a kitten sounded fun, there’s still an almost 6 month old baby in the house. Through the end of the year, Oneida County Humane Society, our local shelter, is offering cats for $5 to approved applicants. I took this as my sign that the time was here.

The photo studio uses pets from our local shelter for photos and they brought three cats last week. The reason I hadn’t just gone to the shelter is that I like having less options than more. I thought it would be too hard to choose from a lot of cats. When I headed over to the studio, one was being used for photos so there was only two in the cat room. The first cat I picked up was named Tiger, who seemed pretty relaxed but didn’t seem interested in me holding her at the time. I respected that and moved on to kitty number 2. The second cat was a gorgeous calico. I picked her up and she nuzzled up into my neck and started purring right away. I knew we had a match.

Movie Time! I went online and printed out the application to adopt the cat, and then called because I realized I hadn’t found out the cat’s name. They told me her name was Potatoe. I turned in the application, and got the call Thursday that I could pick her up. When I turned in the application, I talked with my two older children to ensure they remembered all the rules about cats. They told me everything we have always said – no rushing at the cat, no pulling on her hair or tail, letting her come to them when she is ready, no screaming and yelling right around the cat, etc. I had everything ready for her at home, and drove over to pick her up Thursday evening. While I signed everything they micro-chipped her with my information, and then we headed home.

When we got home I told the kids they had to sit nicely and quietly so they didn’t scare Potatoe. I planned on setting her up in one of the upstairs bedrooms so that she would be out of our regular path (which tends to have continuous commotion) during the day, but took her out of the carrier in my bedroom. She smelled around a little bit, and then jumped onto the bed and met the kids. I set up food and water bowls right outside my bedroom, as well as a litter box so that she didn’t have to go far if she wasn’t comfortable with it.

Sleeping with Sissy Within twenty minutes of us being home, the kids decided to go play in the living room and I watched as Potatoe made her way into the hallway. Then the inevitable happened. As Potatoe was sitting eating out of her food bowl, my son and daughter came racing through screaming at the top of their lungs. I watched the cat, expecting her to run and hide scared beyond belief. She didn’t flinch or move at all. I was shocked, but happy.

That night, Potatoe slept on the bed with me. She curled up on my pillow around my head, but didn’t actually touch my head. Early in the morning she crawled under the blanket and snuggled by my arms.

Here we are 5 days later and I am happy to say we are a very happy family. Potatoe has free reign of the whole house, and claims her sleeping areas with ease. She loves on the kids – playing fetch with little cat balls and toys. She lays down for movie time, sometimes she even joins for nap time, and has us all wrapped around her paw. The kids tell me she is the best Christmas present they could have gotten, even if she wasn’t intended as one.

Check back soon to hear more about the adventures of Potatoe!


Claire is a mom to three children. She has owned dogs and cats in the past, and currently has one calico cat named Potatoe. Although never owning them, she is very interested in reptiles, and has assisted friends in the past who owned a reptile store.

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