I have been caring for Poppy and Langston for a little over a year now. Their mom originally got in touch with in touch with me in January 2018, not long after she had brought Langston into the household as a companion for Poppy. She knew she would be spending a fair amount of time traveling over the next year and wanted to be sure that Poppy had some full-time companionship when she was away, aside from the daily visits from the pet sitter and the occasional drop-in visits from friends.
I recall being very impressed by her commitment to properly introducing Langston to the household; she did her research and stuck to the schedule that would ultimately ensure that these two became friends (although in the beginning, as is often the case with kitties, they were more like frenemies while they worked out the hierarchy; Langston would find himself the loving object of a grooming session one moment, and the recipient of a firm bite to the neck the next).
My visits with Poppy and Langston usually take place in the morning, when their apartment is filled with gorgeous light from the south-facing windows. As with all my kitty visits, we get the “chores” out of the way first: Food, water, litter, and any cleanup that might be required due to Poppy’s occasionally sensitive tummy.
Langston is an environmentally-conscious kitty who believes that food should never go to waste, and he always does his part to make sure that never happens in this household. However, once he has lapped up a bit of his wet food, he is quick to switch gears to play mode, and will run over to the cabinet that holds his toys and meow insistently until I produce the goods. At this point we typically retreat to the bedroom where Poppy stalks the black feathers at the end of her favorite wand while I hide and drag it behind pillows or just under the edge of the blanket, and Langston chases his favorite gold ribbon or the cardboard bits on the end of the Cat Dancer wire. My visits with Poppy and Langston are very much two-handed affairs. Poppy often trades the chasing of the feather wand for brushes and pets on my lap before too long, and Langston will sometimes join her, kicking back with his belly exposed and purring up storm.
I have spent a great deal of time with these two over the last year, and it is with mixed emotions that I prepare to spend what will likely be my last visits with them for some time to come. They will soon be moving to New York to join their mom, who has taken a job there. While I and their Auntie Marjorie – who has stepped in to provide additional care and company for them while their mom has been transitioning to her new digs – will miss them terribly, I know we’re both very happy that they will soon be spending lots of regular QT with their favorite human in the world:-)