I met my new daughter a month ago. A friend invited me to go to cat yoga, which is a yoga class at a cat shelter, where the cats get priority, so if there is a cat on your mat you would do your poses around him or her. I think that is a really fun concept. We tried to reserve spots for early February, but even though we both put our info into the system at the same time, she got in and I didn’t. So we made a plan that she would go again with me on February 26th. The yoga class was very fun and there were many sweet wonderful kitties in the room. I was drawn to a room next to the one we were in even though it looked empty, it had lavender walls, one of my favorite colors. It turned out to be the “kitten” room but there were only two kitties. One was a tabby boy that looked like my Merlin and the other was a little 6 month old orange tabby girl who was hiding in a cubby. I coaxed her out with a toy and she licked my hand & came out to play a little. I felt a strong connection. I went home but I kept thinking about her. I asked Merlin & Gracie Belle how they felt about a baby sister. I asked Jarvis & Juneau (my cat sons in spirit) and my guides. I pulled tarot cards. They said yes and one card was a tiger with a moon which made me think of a girl tiger and another card said “a wonderful new person coming into your life!” The name “Clary Sage” came to me. I saw orange kitty images everywhere I looked that week.
Even though I am an animal communicator, when it comes to my own life I still have concerns like anyone else when making a major life decision like adopting a new family member. I do not make it lightly. My husband and I had talked about expanding the family while Merlin & Gracie are still young (3.5 years.) The biggest concern for me was how Merlin & Gracie Belle would react & adapt. I decided to set up an appointment at the shelter that next Friday to spend a bit of time with Clary Sage and see how it felt.
I got a better look at her eyes and as she made eye contact with me I suddenly started feeling very strong emotion and even crying which is not typical for me. My heart had “spoken.” It overruled my brain and all the concerns and fears about change. I knew in that moment without a doubt that she wanted to come home with me and was already family. Ours souls recognized each other. I signed her adoption paperwork and left to get supplies to prepare a special room for her so she could have her own sanctuary as we began kitty introductions. The next day Steve and I went to pick her up. When we arrived there was a little tote bag with her records, some supplies and a hand made toy with her name on a post-it next to it. She purred when Steve carried her to the car in her cat carrier and I sat in the backseat with her on the long drive home. We learned from her records that she had only been placed in the kitten room less than two weeks earlier so if I had gotten a spot at the first yoga class I tried to go to I would not have met her because she wasn’t there yet.
The guestroom was transformed into a kitten room with her own litterbox, food & water dishes, toys and beds (in addition to the big bed.) Clary was very comfortable and took a nap on her new dad’s arm within an hour of arriving home. I was making sure to keep my normal routine with Merlin & Gracie so they would feel comfortable despite the changes. Later that evening I went in the room with Clary to give her a Reiki session to help her heal from her recent spay surgery as well as to help her heal emotionally from having been “returned.” I felt her strongly absorb & accept the healing Reiki energy. She moved closer to my hands and got very relaxed. What I mainly “got” from her emotionally was a deep overwhelming sense of relief. Relief that she had made it home with us. That she found us after all she went through, having been weaned too early and having had to be too self-reliant & independent at a too young age. She craved love like air but was afraid to ask for it.
She purred every time we played with her. She rested for a few days, deep solid healing & peaceful rest. She chased a ribbon with so much enthusiasm. She began learning to snuggle. First she only pressed against me. Another day she laid on my legs. She accepted Reiki energy healing daily & soaked it up like a sponge. She looked up at us with big trusting eyes and our hearts melted.
It was time for the introductions to begin with her new brother & sister. I will write about this process in an upcoming blog post.