The story of Cheese, the adopted kitten

I got Olivia another cat. It’s a little silver tabby she named Cheese, to go with the other rescue cat, Crackers.

We got Crackers as an adult, and she decided she liked me more. I’m her human. That did not go over well with Olivia.

One day in June, I was at the pet shop when I struck up a conversation with a worker. I told her I was thinking about adopting a kitten for my daughter. I felt a kitten would be more trainable, which also means it could be taught to tolerate car rides. That way, the kitten can travel with Olivia on the weeks she’s at her dad’s house. That would make it truly Olivia’s cat.

This worker ended up telling me about a litter of kittens needing a home. Apparently, customers show up at the pet shop asking for help finding homes for stray animals. I’ve never done that, but it makes sense.

I called this customer/ foster cat owner and met the cats. He said his wife found the mother cat and four kittens near Kualoa Regional Park. He had taken them to the vet, who estimated them to be three weeks old. He was a super caring animal lover. After the kittens finished nursing, we went back and picked up Cheese.

It’s been a few weeks and Cheese is everything we’d hoped her to be. She is imprinted on Olivia as her new mother and follows her around and sleeps with her. She is decent in the car and the cat backpack. She is social and affectionate.

Crackers isn’t crazy about this new addition yet, but it isn’t so bad. She growls and hisses at Cheese, but has come to allow her to sit six inches away. Unfortunately, Cheese is fearless, curious, and desperate for a cat friend, so she keeps following around Crackers hoping for a playmate. If it lasts too long, it aggravates Crackers, who ends up running away to a different part of the house, or jumping on a high shelf that the kitten can’t yet reach.

Follow me on Instagram: @diane_ako or Facebook: Diane Ako to keep up with the antics of Cheese and Crackers. Let’s hope in the near future Crackers comes to accept the kitten!

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Diane Ako

Peace of mind By Diane Ako I like to reflect on life. Sometimes it’s philosophically. Sometimes it’s humorously. For all its beauty, life is far too difficult a journey to take alone. You need the support and connection with others to help carry you along the way. Writing brings me that connection– within and without. It clarifies my thoughts and feelings. It helps me reach out to others for advice, wisdom, or feedback. Your thoughts become your actions. Your actions become you. A wise yogi- Patanjali- said, “Speak what is true. Speak what is pleasant.” Let’s speak of things pleasant to one another and seek some peace of mind along the way. ABOUT Diane Ako joined Hawaii: In Real Life in October 2016. She likes being part of a community of local bloggers – people who like writing and sharing, like she does. Ako is an anchor/ reporter at Island News (KITV4 – ABC) in Honolulu. She previously anchored and reported at KHON2 (FOX) and KHNL (NBC), and at stations in California, New Mexico, and Pennsylvania. She freelance writes for NMG Network's magazines. In between news jobs, in 2017, she launched and ran her own p.r. company, Diane Ako PR. From 2010-2014, she headed the public relations department at Halekulani Corporation, which oversees luxury resort Halekulani and boutique hotel Waikiki Parc. She’s been blogging since 2009 – before Hawaii: IRL, she wrote for The Honolulu Star-Advertiser, the state’s largest daily newspaper, where her stories garnered a dozen journalism awards and an Emmy nomination. Ako has a BA in Communications from Menlo College and an MA in Political Science from University of Hawaii at Manoa. She volunteers as a board member of the Honolulu Gay & Lesbian Cultural Foundation, a Shinto shrine maiden at Daijingyu Temple, a citizen-scientist studying shrimp, and a yoga teacher at a senior center.

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