1. What are your pets’ names?
My eldest is Junior (left), and the baby is Millie (right).
2. What kind of pet are they, and what breed?
They are both cats (lol), both domestic short hairs. Junior is the orange tiger and Millie is the calico.
3. How long have you had your pet friends?
I got Junior in 2012, and I got Millie in 2014.
4. How did you get your pet?
Junior came to me in the summer of 2012- he was a stray kitten that my boss planned to trap, neuter, and release. She named him Junior because his markings made her think he could be the son of her other cat, Hope. She trapped him in New York at her home there, then brought him up to Maine at her second residence (where I worked) to release him. However, he was too small to neuter (he was an estimated 8 weeks old), so I offered to keep him until then, and she let me. He got neutered, but he was never released because he became my best bud! When I left that job, I took him with me- I didn’t think twice. My boss was pretty upset about it because I didn’t ask if I could take him with me, but in the end she knew that I’d take care of him and he’d have a good life.
Millie and I met in the fall of 2014. At the time, I was working 12 hour night shifts, and I was pretty sure Junior was lonely. So, I mentioned to a friend of mine that I was thinking about getting a kitten, and she said that the farm she worked at had kittens- one in particular was really small and acting like it’s mother had abandoned it. She said it kept milling from barn to barn, and she finally took it home and nursed it to health. The little girl was in need of a forever home, so I said I would take her! At 5 weeks old, Millie became a part of the family- she loves her big brother, and he loves his little sister.
5. How old is your pet?
Currently, Junior will be 7 in July, and Millie will be 5 in September.
6. What are some quirky things about your pets personality?
The two of them are polar opposites.
Junior is all personality. He follows me around like a shadow, he begs for food (his favorites include tuna, chicken, lettuce, and muffins), chatters to me when I talk to him, and is an excellent cuddle buddy. He window-bird watches, and jumps up on things he’s not supposed to, HE EATS MY PLANTS (I’m still a little bitter), and he likes to watch TV (I swear!) He cracks me up and keeps me entertained and on my toes!
Millie is the quiet one. She’s very shy and can hide for hours and sometimes up to DAYS (usually behind my bed headboard) when she’s gotten scared (by visiting company, the petsitter, or an Amazon delivery.) She likes attention, but on her terms. She’s come out of her shell since we moved to the house, but the feral runs DEEP in this one. However, when she cuddles, she’s the sweetest, purriest little fluff. She also meows randomly (I call it her singing), loves to play with her toys (often drowning her victims in her water bowl), and is definitely the better mouser/bug killer of the two cats.
Despite their differences, these two get along so well. They’re always following each other around, playing, sitting in the same window, cuddling on the bed… they’re very attached, and it makes my heart all gooey, haha.
7. What are some of your favorite past times with your pet?
The snuggle time is the best and most frequent in our house, but a close second is reading time, or couch time, haha!
8. What are nicknames that you call your pet?
Junior: June, Junebug, Bug, June B, Bub, Bubs, Wubs, Pumpkin, Boogie Eyes
Millie: Mills, Millipede, Millicent, Millie Vanillie, Wee Mills
9. What does your relationship with your pets mean to you?
They’re my kids. I tell them I love them all the time, always tell them to be good when I leave the house, and worry about them when I’ve been too busy to spend time with them. Though it sounds like I’m a crazy cat lady, they keep me sane. When I need a hug, they’re there (well, Junior is- lol Millie’s are sometimes forced cuddles). They keep me from feeling alone in the house, they snuggle with me every night in bed, and they’re always down to hang out. I’m very thankful that they’re a part of my family.