Well, we did it. We adopted a cat! We're probably the only veterinarian's family who hasn't had a whole passel of dogs, cats, and other animals since vet school.
I guess the idea of adopting a cat started this spring. I mentioned it could be fun to get a cat, and Elliott immediately began looking for Sicilian Maine Coons. We both already loved these cats after Elliott cared for a rescued Maine Coon in vet school. They are known for their beautiful long-haired coats, talkative and almost dog-like personality, gentle and friendly attitude towards children, playful and personable natures, and their unique looks.
By "unique looks" I mean that they look a bit wild, perhaps because of the manes around their necks (especially pronounced on males) and tufts of fur at the tips of their ears. See what I mean in this photo?
Perhaps needless to say, Lena loves her!
So far we're thrilled with her personality. She spent the first five months of her life with the family that owns her parents, and this family also has multiple children as well as two huge mastiffs. So she's not only used to people... she loves them! We had a houseful of adults and kids over last night and she was happy to interact with everyone, wandering around between little legs and curiously watching the children's games.
She's sitting behind my head on the couch as I write this, watching me type and purring up a storm. Already this cold winter will be warmer with her next to me as I write blog posts or knit or read.
Oh... and her name. We finally picked a name last night. It is Siena. She's named after the beautiful Italian city of Siena and also for the burnt orange color (ie. sienna) mixed into her beautiful coat.
Welcome, Siena! We're so excited for many years ahead with you, our beautiful kitten.