My twentieth birthday was a couple weeks ago & I happen to share my birthday with my kittens. The girls just turned two years old in the end of May. I decided that I should write a post about my two calico kitties since they will probably be referenced in many of my posts. I am going to start with the story behind Picka & Polka.
This was one of the first pictures I got of both of them when they were being fostered by the family in Bexley. Picka is on the left & Polka on the right.
They were stray cats living in the Bexley area, estimated to be born right after Memorial Day. Picka & Polka, with three other kittens, were rescued by a family I am close with (this family has two of those three other cats, Leo & Jack). They caught the little boogers in the middle/end of July, which was about the time I moved out of my parent’s house & into my own home. I had always had cats while growing up & I knew I would want some of my own when living by myself. Since I moved out around the time they had started catching the kittens, it seemed like fate that I should adopt one of them. Picka & Polka, first named Squeak & #2 (she was caught second), came in a pair because they got along well because they were caught close together. I decided to adopt both of them because I thought one cat would be lonely with my busy schedule.
This was probably a month or so after adopting them. Sometimes I miss how small they used to be.
I picked the names Picka & Polka because I liked how they went together. When I first decided to adopt them, the boyfriend & I brainstormed name ideas. We both thought it would be cute to name them after Lion King cats, but I didn’t think it was right for these two. I picked out Picka’s name because of Pikachu from Pokemon. I was a huge Pokemon fan as a kid, so a cat named Pickachu made sense (I added the “C”, by the way). Once Picka’s name was picked I just had to decide what #2’s name would be. I picked Polka Dot because I liked the sound of “Picka & Polka” and I like saying “Polka Dot”. So, their full names are Pickachu Squeak & Polka Dot Dos. Their middles names are what they were originally names in foster care, I just changed #2 to the Spanish word for two.
They love the bathroom! Polka usually sits between the shower curtains while I shower & they both hang out with me when I get ready in the morning.
Adopting two kittens as a freshman in college was a huge challenge at times. I had my moments of “Really, two, TWO KITTENS?” plenty of times…like when they climbed the blinds or broke a vase when I was in the shower. But I am thankful for these two cats everyday because they give me something to come home to & something to cuddle.
This is a typical morning for us 🙂
The first picture is from their first birthday & my nineteenth; the one below it is from their second & my twentieth. It’s going to be a tradition to have birthday pictures done as long as I can hold them both at the same time.
Picka can usually be found sleeping in my bed, the hammock, or on top of the furnace in the basement. She is close to kitten size & squeaks instead of meows. She loves to cuddle & look out for buggies.
I hope you enjoyed the story of my kitties!