So, Ethan Hawley, that’s funny because I’m also more a dog person! I mean, I love animals, period. Sometimes more than people. But especially dogs because they are the literal meaning of unconditional love. In all my 45 years, I’ve never been without one.

But I have an appreciation & love for cats, too. It’s just — their needs are so vastly different.

Coincidentally, my first cat was also a Calico, and like your Kit, my Eva found me as well. I was 19, it was late night, I’d just run up to the Circle K to get some cigarettes, and there she was. Only about a month old, if that. All alone. Outside this dirty convenience store on a busy highway.

She approached me, meowing in that tiny kitten voice, and she let me scoop her up and hold her. It was a done deal at that point. She was my first real pet — as a “grown-up,” that is.

Eva played fetch like a dog. Every night after work she’d be waiting by the door in my apartment, her soft, pink foam “golf” ball by her side. There was a long stretch of floor from my bed to the bathroom tub — a straight shot. She liked for me to throw her ball from across the room into the tub, where she’d jump the side, retrieve it, bring it back in her mouth, and drop it in front of me. I spent quite a few hours doing that, and I’m pretty sure I was practicing the art of mindfulness without even realizing.

She ended up having a litter and I kept one. Otis. He was orange like marmalade — looked nothing like her. They were the best cats ever. Have had some real characters over the years, but none like Eva & Otis.

Enjoy her. She picked you for a reason ❤

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