As summer comes to a close, many pet parents are starting to nest, cozying up their homes for short days and chilly nights. For Elisabeth Komito of Astoria, NY, the changing season inspired the adoption of a new furry, four-legged roommate—her first pet since moving out of her childhood home.
Elisabeth first met Pinky—a seven-year-old kitty with multi-colored eyes—on August 29 at the ASPCA Adoption Center in Manhattan, and adopted her less than a week later. Now unofficially known as “Pinky-Lee,” this outgoing feline has settled easily into her new digs and proved once and for all that older cats make fantastic companions.
“She's a remarkably well-adjusted cat,” says Elli. “I took her home, and within ten minutes of letting her out of the carrying case, she explored the apartment and settled down on my bed for a nap. An hour later, she was on the living room floor, on her back, and totally relaxed.”
Not the most demure of elder ladies, Pinky doesn’t hesitate to show her delight over physical affection. “I discovered that if you scratch just the right spot under her chin, her hind leg will thump like a dog's when you hit the sweet spot,” Elli says. “It's so adorable!”
But Pinky’s no pushover—she’s still a cat, after all. Elli explains: “She loves to play, but on her terms. Basically, she'll wait until whatever you're dangling is within arm's reach before she even considers pouncing.”
Elli acknowledges that she has become “an obnoxiously proud pet parent,” and looks forward to adding to her furry brood, as long as Pinky allows it. She adds: “It's been less than a week, and already I can't imagine my life without her. She's definitely one of the best decisions I've made since moving to the city. I love her so much—she's the most amazing cat I could ever ask for.”