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This Side of Purradise
by Iris Bass
A Duotone Trio
When I visited Purradise on October 14, I was led not to the get-acquainted Nook, but up the stairs to a second-story gated area often used for kittens. In residence were three adult cats all from the same household, who because they are so deeply bonded had been brought in with the stipulation that they be placed together in their new home.
Described as “XL” on the shelter’s website, brother KoKo (pictured) and sister Kasa are near-identical black and white tuxedo cats, startlingly round yet an otherwise healthy eight years old. (They can easily be told apart by Kasa’s wide white ring of fur around her neck; KoKo’s nape is continuously black from shoulders to head.) Not blood related is their sleeker pal, six-year-old KC, whose otherwise all-white coat is ornamented by dark tabby markings on his head and matching stripes down his tail.
Staffer Cathy warned that all three can be shy, but they soon climbed down from softly lined shelving to join me on a toy-strewn blanket on the floor. Kasa was the first to sprawl beside me, rub her head against my hand, and then roll over to request a belly rub. Her brother soon solicited similar attention, taking my hand in the two of his to pull it toward him. Finally, KC came over, too, to rub his body and face back and forth across me. All three barely more than an inch apart, they exchanged friendly head-bumps and licks with one another while enjoying my ministrations. I wished I had more hands!
When I switched to a chair to see whether and how they would engage more with the well-outfitted room, the siblings padded about to check their bowls (they are on a reducing diet but food was freely available to them there) and to swing by me for more head scratches. Meanwhile, KC decided he needed a timeout and tucked himself into a small fabric cylinder with his back to me…in typical feline fashion, believing he was hidden from view despite his entire tail protruding from one end! I watched with amusement as Kasa suddenly plunked into a seated position on her broad rump, extended both feet at an angle for ballast, and proceeded to lick her abdomen energetically, forming what would be a roly-poly ball—except that she maintained her balance perfectly during the entire scrub.
Anyone looking for a ready-made family of cats past the speedball antics of kittenhood—and so clearly comfortable and affectionate with one another and even me, a total stranger— could not go wrong with this charming threesome, whose previous human obviously cared for them in every sense of the word, if perhaps a bit too generously with regard to feedings.
To sweeten the deal of this “three-fur,” Danny Boy Adoption Fund, which underwrites placement fees for senior animals, is picking up the tab for taking in Kasa and KoKo, reducing the price of adopting the entire trio to a remarkable $75.
If you have the space and the love, how can you resist such a bargain? You’ll be paid back—in full!
Iris Bass, coauthor of the Cat Lover’s Daily Companion, shares her Lee home with five shelter cats. Her articles follow the special human-feline bond at Purradise, the Berkshire Humane Society Cat Adoption Center located in Great Barrington, MA. For adoptions, please contact Berkshire Humane Society (located in Pittsfield, MA) directly at (413) 447-7878 or check out its website at https//:berkshirehumane.org