Warm welcome for new cat

I told you last week about the sad end to my 18-year-old cat Sam’s life. After both Herman and I cried and mourned for two days, we decided it was a good time to look for another cat.

Herman called his friend Candy, who works with cat shelters in Montgomery County, and she suggested going to to see what was available in the local area.

That’s where we found what looked to be a good prospect and went to Second Chance Cat Rescue in St. Johnsville, where we happily adopted a two-year-old cat named Jerry.

Jerry is litter-box trained and well adapted to family life. He also immediately took to Oscar, our miniature pinscher dog. But our 12-year-old cat Sally is having a hard time accepting Jerry into the family.

The first night, Jerry stayed close by in bed between us and Oscar. I enclose a photo of Jerry with Oscar and myself that I had Herman take to show how friendly he is so soon after coming into our home.

I know every pet has a different personality. Sally is somewhat aloof and reticent about any new pet in the house. But Jerry, who just came out of a shelter with 60 other cats, is so glad to be here and shows us his appreciation with affection and purring like a motor boat.

Oscar, to some extent, pretty much ignores the cats, which is just as well. Certainly, it’s the right approach while Jerry is getting acclimated here.

There are so many cats that need adopting. We were happy to relieve one shelter of one of their terrific cats.

Our next-door neighbors, Carol and her son William Jr., brought over some new bowls and toys to welcome Jerry into his new home. (Carol had been nice enough to feed and care for Sam and Sally while I was in the hospital in June.)

We are very happy with Jerry’s entrance into our lives after the sad demise of our 18-year-old Sam. Sam can’t be replaced, but Jerry is a welcome addition and diversion from sadness. So, welcome to the family, Jerry.

Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career in New York City and Los Angeles, now pursues freelance writing from Caroga Lake in Fulton County. Previous columns and contact information may be accessed at her website,