We Have a New Fur Baby

Hi there, friends!  If you follow along on Instagram, you may have already seen that we added a new member to our family. That's right, we have a new fur baby! His name is Taz, and he is about 8 months old.
Many of you may remember when we got our sweet little Oliver and when we had to put him to sleep in September. My daughter, the cat-lover in our family, wanted to get a new kitty almost immediately. It took a little longer for the rest of us to get on board with that. It was such a sad situation with Oliver and we, quite frankly, were not ready to open ourselves up to another kitten with unknown medical conditions/temperaments.

My sweet girl was persistent in making sure we knew she wanted another feline. Weeks before Christmas she was leaving notes all over the house acknowledging her wishes. When she didn't get one for Christmas, she immediately began vying for one for her birthday...just another month away.
After discussing with hubby, we decided we'd start looking for a new cat. Kitty-girl and I began going to shelters and combing Craigslist. All the while, I was just praying we'd find the right cat to fit into our family...particularly one that could put up with Scamp.

Within a few days, we were offered an opportunity to take in Taz by a friend of my husband's. This friend's adult daughter had Taz in an apartment that didn't accept pets. Having more than enough pets of his own, this friend mentioned to John that he would be happy for us to take Taz.

I liked that he was already neutered and past the chewing-on-everything kitten stage.

Still, I was a bit skeptical. I was concerned that Scamp might not take too kindly to a bigger cat, and I have to admit that orange cats have never captured my heart quite like the fluffy gray ones and black and white ones do. Taz has changed my mind about orange kitties.

Well, I'm happy to report that we only had to keep the dog and cat separated the first night Taz came to live with us. I think Scamp is secretly happy to have another four-legged "friend" in the house. At the very least, he doesn't seem to mind it.

Taz is a big, sweet and sassy kitty. He hasn't been one to run and hide and seems to spread his attention onto all of us.

The only problem I seem to have with him is his name. For some reason, the name Taz, just doesn't seem to fit him. Maybe it's just me. We haven't come up with one we like any better. Any suggestions?

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  1. Oh I love your new kitty! We have an orange tabby cat too and she is very affectionate. I agree, his name doesn't seem to fit. I'm sure y'all will come up with a good one.

  2. He is so cute! We recently got a new kitten after our cat of 12 years passed away. They are just so much fun!

    Thrift and Shout

  3. Ok, basically I love your daughter! I was the exact same way when I was her age and would have dropped the same "subtle" hints. I can see from your pictures that Taz already is a member of the family. I personally like human names for my pets, but if the name fits, keep it! :-)

  4. We have a rescue cat from the shelter. He was also young when we got him. We thought he was a domestic long hair but after much growing we discovered he is a Maine Coon. He is also orange. We named him Cooney. At first his name was Sherbert but Cooney suits him better. He doesn't meow like our other two cats but lets out a chirping noise. Mostly he is just very quiet. Loving and gets along well with the other two older ones.

  5. I'm so happy your daughter got a new fur baby to love! I know pets are a commitment, and we basically know we're signing up for some sadness when they pass on down the road, but it's SOOOOO worth it!

  6. Hey Nici,
    These are all so cute. We have a rescue kitty. She is the princess of the house. All of the dogs are afraid of her. She knows she is pretty.
    Thanks so much for sharing at Wednesday's Adorned From Above Link Party.
    Debi and Charly @ Adorned From Above

  7. Nici! He's perfect!! Thank you for sharing. You are one of the favorites at the Sunday Showcase from the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Everyone loves your little Taz. Here is the link the the Showcase. http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com/2014/01/sunday-showcase-from-make-it-pretty_19.html See you tomorrow! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  8. Congratulations! He's adorable! our house is always filled with rescues and they are delightful- we had the sweetest orange cat named Marmalade years ago whom we adored. I think it's too funny how your daughter subtly "suggested" getting a new cat!

  9. Congratulations on your new addition! Taz looks like a really sweet kitty. I remember going through the same ordeal several years ago when our cat died. I just wasn't sure I wanted to go through the whole process again. Hubby was rather insistent, and I am so glad he nudged me a bit. I truly think that cats choose us, rather than the other way around. It looks like Taz decided to choose to allow your family to be his new family.


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