This is Jake and Eddie. Jake is the little gray and white kitty; Eddie is the black one. They’re the newest editions to our family.

Even before Marlowe died, it was clear to me and PJ that Paisley doesn’t like to be alone. She’s a very sociable cat, and she likes feline companionship. While we were at the vet with Marlowe, we saw a little black female kitten, which PJ really took a shine to. He especially liked the potential symmetry of meeting a new cat as we said goodbye to our little boy.

We filled out the application to adopt her from our local humane society, but unfortunately she was adopted by someone else that same day. She has a little brother, who is also black, so we decided that we would adopt him instead. PJ really wanted a black cat.

We were then told by the humane society that it could take up to two weeks to adopt him, which made no sense to me at all. The woman who was fostering him also thought that it sounded unreasonable. We decided not to wait. On the one hand,we were missing Marlowe terribly and needed something to help ease the pain. On the other hand, Paisley was also acting severely lonely. What especially got me was when she would go out onto the back deck and sit in her usual spot, where she’s wait for him to come up the back steps. She was clearly waiting, and Marlowe wasn’t ever going to come up the stairs again. So, PJ and I decided that we needed to get another cat as quickly as possible — for our sakes, if not for hers.

I put some feelers out on facebook to see if anyone knew of any kittens up for adoption. A friend suggested I check Craig’s List, which I did. I saw an ad for two kittens who needed a home. They were also pictured on the humane society’s site but were being fostered by a couple who were only loosely associated with the society. I gave the couple a call on the Thursday after Marlowe died, and they agreed to meet me that evening so that I could see the kitties. Long story short, I ended up bringing both cats home with me, and that’s how Jake and Eddie came to live with us!

Paisley was already an adult when we adopted her, and Marlowe’s kitten days seem long ago. So, we had forgotten what it is like having kittens around the house. Jake and Eddie seem to have inexhaustible stores of energy. They run from one end of the house to the other for up to a half hour at a time! They also love their toys and the cat tree.

When they first came home with me, we kept them in my study for the first day or two. We slowly let them get used to the house and then the basement. They seemed to adapt quickly to their new home. And they’re too smart for our good — Jake quickly figured out how to get up on the hood of our range and open the cabinet where we keep the cat food!

Paisley, on the other hand, needed more time to adapt to her new brothers. She spent the first couple of days under the futon:

She eventually came out of hiding and has gotten used to her brothers. They now hang out together (or at least they hang out in the same room together). And she’ll play with toys while they’re playing. They don’t actually touch her (or vice versa) yet, but we can see them getting along great soon.

We’ll always miss our first little buddy, but Jake and Eddie have gone a long way to helping us forget the sadness of losing Marlowe. They’re incredibly sweet and it’s nice having three cats who want to sleep in my lap from time to time rather than just one (Marlowe was never my lap cat unless PJ was away from home for more than a few days). I’m sure there will be more pictures to follow from time to time!