March 03, 2020

A "Friend-ly" Visitor


Yesterday, Noah and Eli were getting ready to take Joey for a walk. He got crazy excited, per usual, and as they headed out the door, Noah told Joey to get back inside. He told me there was a cat outside, and he didn't want Joey to see it.

When the boys stood on the porch outside, the cat noticed them and immediately ran right up to them. I've never seen a cat crave attention so much! He was solid black from head to toe, with the prettiest green eyes I've ever seen. I fell in love at first sight!





The kids wondered if it was Chip, from a couple of summers ago, the cat that we fed and treated for fleas and all that. I don't know if he was, in fact, Chip--but it's possible.

This cat was SO adorable! He literally couldn't get enough attention. He was super into Eli (animals are always drawn to Eli, likely because he's so compassionate toward every animal on earth) and kept running up onto Eli's lap, even climbing on Eli's shoulders.


Whenever the kids would stop petting him, he started bumping his head against their hands, wanting them to pet him again.

I couldn't stand the cuteness! I send some pictures to Jerry, and he said, "We are taking him in. His name is going to be Ben!" (Ross's son's name from Friends--to go with the theme of our pets, of course).




The cat looked pretty healthy and well-fed to me, so I said he probably belonged to somebody. Taking in a stray cat was not on a list of things I wanted to do, but when I fell in love with this cat, I was sure I wanted him. I decided to post a message on our neighborhood app to see if anyone was missing a black cat. I told the kids that if he came back around tomorrow, we'd consider keeping him if we couldn't find his owner.

The kids played with him for well over an hour outside. They gave him catnip and treats, and Eli brought out a couple of cat toys. I told Jerry that "Ben" was no cat name--and I said if we take him in, then I think "Geller" would be the best name for him. I actually think that's a great cat name! (Clearly, we are running low on "Friends" names)

And yes, the boys did take Joey on his walk. Poor dog was wondering why he was still in the house! ;)

Noah came inside to get his camera, and then when he went outside again, the cat was all over him. Noah tried running to the driveway to get some good pictures from a little farther away, but the cat ran SO fast at him that he wasn't able to get a good photo! It was so funny to watch.


The cat didn't come back today, unfortunately. If we see him again, and we can't find an owner, Jerry and I definitely want to take him in. He's the sweetest cat ever! <3 p="">

20 comments:

  1. He looks a lot like my childhood cat--all black with emerald green eyes! I think black boy cats are awesome. I hope he comes back to you!

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    1. I LOVE his eyes! They are mesmerizing. Phoebe has beautiful green eyes, too. They get me every time!

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  2. Omg I LOVE the name Ben! But more because I'm obsessed with Ben Solo from Star Wars and not so much Ross's son :) lol. And this kitty looks so sweet! I'm kind of hoping he finds his way back to you guys because I'd love to hear about his adventures with your family!

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    1. I really hope he somehow makes his way to our family, but I think it's unlikely. We haven't seen him again since :(

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  3. I'm not sure if you've had I've, but Gunther would be a great Friends themed cat name! Or Mr. Heckles! 😂😂😂

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    1. Before we named Paolo, we had actually called him Mr. Heckles! In fact, at the vet's office, his name was Mr. Heckles on paper. But shortly afterward, we thought Paolo suited him better, hahaha. I've been wanting to use the name Gunther for the longest time, but I feel like we need to reserve it for a cat that suits the name. A solid black, SUPER affectionate kitty would be rather ironic with the name Gunther, though ;)

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    1. Adam, I love you, but I NEED cats in my life. You will never win this argument! ;)

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  5. That is a beautiful cat! I love your Friends naming theme... we used Big Bang Theory to name our rabbits and chickens, LOL. Have you ever had a Ross or Rachael?

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    1. We haven't done Ross because he was the one Friend character that I disliked the most. I just can't stand the thought of having a cat named Ross! And I feel like Rachel would just be a weird name for a pet. But we are definitely running low on names, so we may have a Rachel in our future ;)

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  6. Lol! I was hoping you'd name it Janice just so I could hear the "Oh...My....Gawd!" in my head every time I saw a picture. Haha!!!

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    1. We actually did have a cat named Janice! (She was actually all black, too). I love that name, and maybe we'll come back to it again one day, haha.

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  7. We have three cats, and the female is all black with just some tiny patches of white on her underside. You talked in a previous post about how black dogs are less likely to be adopted from shelters. This is even more true for black cats, since some people are superstitious about them. So you definitely don't want this black cat to end up in a shelter. But I agree that he seemed so well-fed and cared-for and socialized that he probably has an owner.

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    1. Oh, I certainly don't want him in a shelter! But yes, I think he belonged to someone. His fur was shiny and soft, and he didn't have fleas. And then being so affection with people makes me think he was wandering from home. I wish people would neuter their pets, though! He shouldn't be wandering while "intact". We have too many cats that wander around here, and we don't need any more!

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  8. Wait - how about Gunther??

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    1. I love that name, and I've been reserving it for when the perfect pet comes along! Since this guy is all black and super friendly toward people, I just don't think it fits him, hahaha. In an ironic way for sure, though!

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  9. Aw, I think Ben is a great name for a cat! Why do you think it's not a cat's name, when the others have human names too?

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    1. I think maybe because it's only one syllable. I don't think I've ever had a pet with a one syllable name, so it seems kind of odd to me? But we won't rule it out!

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  10. You need a Gunther!

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    1. I completely agree! We are waiting for a pet that suits the name... since this cat was solid black from head to toe, I just didn't think it fit him! hahaha

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