As you know we lost our Coonie, Elliot, in July. Arthur and Marley are still doing fine!
We weren't sure we were ready just three months after Elliot's passing, but we knew wanted to adopt, not purchase, next time.
We also wanted two males and we hoped they would be Coonie-like, When these guys popped up in front of me on FaceBook we realized that the stars were aligned and we bit.
The Cat Coalition of Western ME, whom I follow and support, posted a pic of these two fluffy Coonie-like babies saying they would soon be available for adoption.
They had been born outside under someone's porch. There were originally five kittens, but three did not make it. CCOWM trapped the Momma and the two remaining kittens and put them in foster care.
They were probably about 3-4 weeks old at that point. Momma was friendly, not feral, but had only one eye. Momma, now named Bella, was adopted out to another family and is doing great.
We had them vet-checked and tested before commiting. They were then treated for worms, fleas, ear mites and coccidia while they were at their foster home.
The great folks at CCOWM met me halfway (we are about 4 hours apart) and the boys came home on Oct 5th. It took a while to find names - they were dubbed 'big boy' and 'little boy' until the names Luca and Beppino finally stuck.
Luca came down with a URI a week after coming home. So our 3-week separation from the older boys became a 6-week separation. But, in the end the integration was pretty seamless and now our four boys are the cutest quadrumvirate around!