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We have another kitty! We weren’t looking for one, but we’re so happy she chose us. Below is the story of how a stray started living at Hunter’s Lodge.

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We met one Friday night about a month ago whenever she showed up on our doorstep. We didn’t know where she came from because we’ve never seen her in our neighborhood before… and she’s obviously memorable – THOSE EARS! After we fed her and showed her some love, we went back inside because Hadley, our inside kitty, was meowing like crazy while watching us!

The next day, we were working outside and guess who showed up! We put out another bowl of food / water and after she ate, she took a nap by our front door. For the next couple of weeks, she would come by to eat and nap. We would always know when she was outside because Hadley would tell us.

We enjoyed her little visits, but had no intention of adopting her. We figured she belonged to someone because she was so friendly and sweet. It wasn’t until one day when it was freezing cold and rainy when we saw her at the neighbors house and thought that she might not have a home. I mean, what kind of person would have such a sweet kitty outside in the cold rain?! We yelled her name (we were calling her Scotch at that time) and she meowed and came running to us! My. heart. melted.

We put a box with blankets in the garage and after drying her off, she eventually fell asleep. For the next couple of days, we kept the garage cracked so she could come and go as she pleased.

Andrew and I were in the garage hanging out with her one evening and we were just like, “what should we do?!” Nobody had posted any signs saying that she was lost and she wasn’t wearing a collar. There was no way we could put her back outside, especially when it gets colder, and she couldn’t live in our garage forever. So, we decided to first take her to the vet to see if she was microchipped, then get her tested for any diseases. Welp, there was no chip and she was healthy as can be!

Everyone at the vet couldn’t believe she was a stray and offered to keep her for themselves if I didn’t want her! They kept telling me how lucky I was to find such a sweet / healthy / beautiful cat, but I already knew!

We’ve had Nessie in the house since December 2, the day we took her to the vet and the day we chose as her birthday! The vet thinks she’s about three.

So far she’s been doing really well inside the house. She’s a little more uptight around Hadz, but it gets better every day. He’s been really accepting of her (I’m so proud!) and I can tell he really enjoys having her around. He really likes the games of chase too! They’re so cute together! She’s a purrfect addition to our family! ❤

Fun Fact: The Scottish Fold is a breed of domestic cat with a natural dominant-gene mutation that affects cartilage throughout the body, causing the ears to “fold”, bending forward and down towards the front of their head, which gives the cat what is often described as an “owl-like” appearance. Read more about these cuties here!

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You can see pics of Nessie and Hadley at watchhadleygrow.tumblr.com!

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