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If you ask my son about his siblings, he’ll tell you he has two sisters and two brothers. The sisters are both regular human girls, but the “brothers” he’s referring to are our cats, Edmund and Phil. And the funny thing is he isn’t the only one who thinks of the cats as important members of the family. We all love these little guys more than I ever dreamed possible. I never knew I was a cat person until we rescued Edmund from a shelter two years ago. He was a sweet, playful little kitten and we all loved him from day one. He brought so much fun and joy into our household. It left us wondering why we hadn’t adopted a pet years earlier. But we were perfectly content with one pet and never even considered adopting another. We had no idea that it wouldn’t be long before we took the plunge again.
One day, we were outside and a tiny gray tabby cat just wandered over to us looking completely adorable. He was friendly and affectionate with beautiful green eyes and the softest fur ever. The kids were all so excited and begged to keep him. I was certain my husband wouldn’t want to mess with adopting another pet, so I dismissed the idea and started asking around the neighborhood to try to find his owner. After all, we already had a cat. What if they didn’t get along? And adopting another pet means vet visits, added expenses, more responsibility…It just seemed like too much trouble.
No one claimed him, and he took up residence on our back porch and made himself right at home, while we were still trying to find him a home somewhere else. Thinking he was a girl (we hadn’t bothered to check), my son named him Phyllis. My kids would call him and he would jump right up on their laps and purr like crazy. My youngest would pick him up and he would just stay on her lap looking absolutely content. He never scratched or snapped at anyone. He would playfully chase strings as long as someone wanted him to, keeping my kids entertained for a long time. Everything about this cat was wonderful. After several days of this, my husband and I both agreed that he would be worth whatever it took to make him ours. And we’re so glad we did! He loves everyone in the family and appreciates all the affection we can give. We weren’t sure how Edmund would handle it, but after the first couple weeks, Phil (as he is now more appropriately called) and Ed became best buddies. They play together, eat together, and follow each other around. Edmund actually seems happier now that he has Phil around.
But aside from the fact that they look very similar, they are as different as can be in every way. And that’s one of the best things about Phil! He’s not just another cat like the one we had, he’s a completely different cat with his own personality and habits. Edmund prefers to relax in quiet places, while Phil loves to play with balls, string, or anything he can chase around. Ed finds a hiding place when he’s had enough attention, and Phil never seems to get tired of being around people. Having two cats that are so different is a tremendous blessing. While one is sleeping next to my daughter as she reads, the other is playing with my super energetic son. Phil’s playfulness is the perfect complement to Edmund’s seriousness.
Even their taste in food is different. That’s one reason 9Lives® wet and dry cat food varieties are just right for our cats. For wet food, Edmund prefers the Meaty Pate selections, with smooth ground meat, fish or poultry, while Phil devours the Hearty Cuts made of tender, meaty morsels with rich gravy, flakes of fish, and savory shreds.
Check out DollarGeneral.com to find coupons and save on 9Lives® wet and dry cat food for your own feline family members! You’ll find great savings through 5/31/18, and there are so many varieties your cats won’t be able to resist. They also offer specially formulated dry food to meet the nutritional needs of cats in every stage of life. Plus Care helps support digestive health and a strong immune system for older cats like Edmund, while Daily Essentials provides nutrition to support heart health, vision, strong muscles, and healthy skin and coat for cats of all ages.
We love to support companies that give back in some way, and the 9lives spokescat Morris has visited countless schools to promote kindness to animals. He also launched an initiative to save animals in need of homes. Check out his Facebook page here. These are causes our family can feel good about supporting every time we purchase 9lives products. Our local Dollar General Store carries a great variety of 9Lives cat food, so I can always find all the wet and dry food types that both of our cats love.
We’ve only had Phil for a few months, but it’s hard to imagine life without him. He’s not just another cat to us, he’s really become a treasured member of the family. Now the reasons we had for not wanting to take on another pet seem trivial as we watch how much our kids love Phil and how much joy he adds to all our lives. Just look how adorable he is!
If you’re considering adopting a pet (or like us, another pet) I can tell you it’s worth the trouble. The little bit of extra work and cost it takes to have him is nothing compared to the joy, excitement, affection, and comfort that this little guy brings to our family. Plus my son is pretty happy to have as many “brothers” as sisters now 🙂
Have you recently adopted a kitty of your own? Tell us about it, or share a photo of your sweet new family member. And don’t forget to go to DollarGeneral.com to find great savings on the 9lives wet and dry food your cat will love.