This is Cat Life

May 14, 2016

Feeding time at the zoo.

Feeding time at the zoo.

It’s taken me a while to write this post. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with this site, how I would honor Romeo’s memory going forward, and what I would do with 7 years of history with readers, friends, rescues, partners, brands and more. I thought about closing up shop. How could this site go on without Romeo?

But after a lot of consideration, I’ve decided we’re not going away. I’d like to continue doing what we’ve been doing – raising money for cats in need and connecting with amazing people who love cats – but in a bit of a different way.

Obviously Romeo’s not writing this blog anymore. But I think he’d be happy to let me take over for him so that’s what I’ll do.

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Now, onto some super exciting updates! I’m so happy to introduce you to two new members of the brood: Mr. Wilson and Rufus!

Pugsley welcomed these two new brothers with open paws.Well…I think so. He’s so chill I don’t really think he noticed there were new cats here for a while.

In December, soon after Romeo left us, one of Romeo’s amazing Facebook friends posted a pic of an adoptable cat named Mr. Wilson to our timeline. She was so sweet and said that she knew it was very soon but that Mr. Wilson’s story reminded her of Romeo’s. She was right! I looked into him right away.

Mr. Wilson

Mr. Wilson

Mr. Wilson is 13. He was found as a stray in North Carolina and taken to a shelter. He’s front paw declawed, has high blood pressure and was in tremendous pain due to horrific ear infections (all of these things just like my poor sweet Romeo!) The shelter that took him in called the rescue FLUFF in Nashville, Tenn. who agreed to pull him and care for him until he was ready to be adopted.

They took such great care of him, paying for surgeries on his ears and nursing him back to health. You’ll see from the photos that the surgeries left both of his ears permanently folded down! Just like Romeo had one ear folded down, this guy has two. It was meant to be! Mr. Wilson had lots of good people who wanted to adopt him but we really wanted him. He seemed perfected for our family.

Just as we were talking with FLUFF about adopting Mr. Wilson, we learned about another Persian boy here in Columbus who needed a home. The rescue where we got Romeo and Pugsley, Persian Purebred and Purrbaby, had a sweet 3-year-old Persian who looks very much like Romeo.

Crazy boy Rufus

Crazy boy Rufus

How could we choose between them? Well, we didn’t. We ended up adopting both of these wonderful boys!

Mr. Wilson is just a sweet, cuddly old man who loves to hang out on the back of the couch and watch the world go by, just like Romeo did.

Rufus is full of energy and so ornery. He’s total mama’s boy and he loves to curl up in my arms and sleep. He is SO snuggly and hilarious. And, just like Romeo, he loves to sleep on my head.

Both boys remind me in different ways of Romeo and I still miss him every day. But I know he’d be happy with our choices. And Pugsley seems happy to have friends. He and Mr. Wilson hang out a lot together. Rufus is always messing with the old guys but not in a nasty way…I think he’s just young and wants to play. The old guys just want to lounge.

Thanks for continuing to be part of our community and for all of your support and kind wishes after Romeo passed away. It meant the world to us.

Meow for now!


The Staff


Terry K December 19, 2016 at

Mr Wilson looks like the Godfather in that photo. “I have an offer for you that can’t refuse, meow”.

Seth B November 20, 2016 at

I’ve never had a cat in my life, but recently bought a property with a shop/barn on it. I am interested in getting a cat to help with the vole problem.

Do you have any good recommendations of cats for this job? Mr. Wilson looks like he would be tough on voles!

Queenie November 14, 2016 at

Glad for this post! Welcome back!

Leigh November 1, 2016 at

I’d really love to see more posts about Pugsley, Mr Wilson and Rufus . It’s good to know you’re doing just fine and have adopted 2 more.

Paul Manson September 8, 2016 at

You have made a great step in bringing these handsome boys home to keep Pugsley company, he must be missing Romeo as much as the whole family does. But with the two guys around, he won’t feel the hollow loneliness. I am glad you are all well as a family and I believe that the boys are having a great time and comfort.

Leslie September 5, 2016 at

Glad that you are back!

Seville at Nerissa's Life September 1, 2016 at

I took over my brother Nissy’s blog when he went to Heaven so I kinda know how you feel. Peep #1 still gets sad ’bout Nissy. She loved him so much! I miss him lots, too. But the blog must go on, right? And how wonderful that you have new additions to your family.


Lisa Bishop August 31, 2016 at

I am glad you are back and with such a wonderful crew! Thank you for adopting an “old” man. I know that can be difficult, but it is so sad to see them get passed by in the shelters. I once adopted an 18 yr. old tortie and we had 2 lovely years together!

Susan Dormero August 31, 2016 at

Very interesting! Thank you!

Sweet Purrfections July 18, 2016 at

We’re so happy that you’re not going away. A special welcome to Mr. Wilson and Rufus.

Offset Printing Indonesia June 27, 2016 at

what cute cat do you have. I also have cats in my house. Their grown so fast since I adopt them last two years. I called him Chi Ren and Ghu Ten, Its cute himalayan cats with long hair. Will back to see another romeo memory in this blogs for sure.

Anne June 10, 2016 at

Moving on after losing a soul mate is never easy. I hope Mr Wilson and Rufus bring you moments of joy and happiness. They’re adorable! I hope we can see more of them soon?

Inez Johnson May 20, 2016 at

I am so happy to see you are continuing the blog. I have been checking every now and then to see what was happening. I love the two new cats, and I bet Pugsley is really glad to have someone older around to keep him company. He and Mr. Wilson can keep the young one in check and give him wise advice.

lambert vet May 18, 2016 at

Thanks for sharing. First time we’ve seen a reward system like that :)
share it this type of information… really i like it…keep it up

Cheryl J May 16, 2016 at

What a great way to honor Romeo. He was a cool cat and lucky to have such a great family. Thanks for giving Mr Wilson and Rufus a chance.

Caren Gittleman May 16, 2016 at

What a pawesome way to honor Romeo, just purrfect!! Welcome to the new additions too! So glad you aren’t leaving!

Random Felines May 16, 2016 at

we are so glad that Romeo’s memory is being honored in such a special way

kathy May 16, 2016 at

so glad you took in these 2 special babies who so much wanted a forever home. romeo is very happy you opened your home and heart to them. even though our heart ache’s for our loss the pain is padded by giving love to another sweetie. i have had so many animals over the years and to lose one takes a little with you but when i get to the rainbow bridge what a wonderful parade i’m going to have with all of them and we’ll have a picnic before we cross over. glad your back and continuing with romeo’s spirit. all we need is love

Connie May 16, 2016 at

Congratulations on your newest additions! May they live long happy lives

Romeo May 16, 2016 at

Thank you Connie! xo

Deena May 16, 2016 at

Welcome home, Mr. Wilson and Rufus! I think Romeo would be really pleased that you opened your home to these guys, and that Pugsley has new handsome brothers. Congratulations and thank you for updating on here–really nice to hear from your family. :)

Romeo May 16, 2016 at

I do too!

Jobi and Fisher May 16, 2016 at

We are so happy for you and the kitties. Cats are so magical. I am sure Romeo had a paw in to help you get Mr. Wilson and Rufus.

Romeo May 16, 2016 at

I totally believe that.

meowmeowmans May 15, 2016 at

Welcome, Rufus and Mr. Wilson! We sure are glad you’ve decided to keep on blogging. We bet Romeo is purring at the sight of you all of you together, and continuing the wonderful work he started. Hugs, purrs and prayers to you all.

Romeo May 16, 2016 at

Yes, I am sure he is! Thank you!

heidi p. May 15, 2016 at

Thank you for not going away! I must admit, I cried through the whole post. Welcome, Rufus and Mr Wilson!

Romeo May 16, 2016 at

I cried too! :) xoxo

Ellen Pilch May 15, 2016 at

Welcome Mr. Wilson and Rufus! They are both adorable. I am glad you have decided to continue, Romeo would want you to continue helping less fortunate kitties. I am sure he is watching over you.

Romeo May 16, 2016 at

I feel him watching over us! I felt the best way to honor him was to continue!

The Island Cats May 15, 2016 at

We’re so glad you’re going to continue with the blog…Romeo woulda wanted that. And welcome to Mr. Wilson and Rufus! How cool that you rescued these two. :)

Romeo May 16, 2016 at

Yes, he would have! Thank you SD! xoxo

Stu Langley May 15, 2016 at

The key to great leadership is selecting and nurturing new leaders to can carry on the mission. Romeo left quite capable staff, well trained. All will be well.

Romeo May 16, 2016 at

Awww Stu, he did train us quite well. :)

Mary McNeil May 15, 2016 at

So glad you are back, and “keeping on” ! Welcome to the two beautiful new guys an head rubs to Pugsley (and you, so to speak.)

Romeo May 16, 2016 at

Thank you, Mary! We’re glad to be back.

jansfunnyfarm May 15, 2016 at

Mr. Wilson looks like a kindly old cat. How sweet that he and Rufus have a home with you. Those we lose are irreplaceable but there is always room to move another into your heart. We’re sure Romeo would approve.

Romeo May 16, 2016 at

Jan, he really is. I wonder so much about his history. He’s great. It’s true…I love these guys in totally different ways. Plenty of love to go around! xoxo

Summer May 15, 2016 at

Welcome to Mr. Wilson and Rufus! I’m glad the blog is still here. My human says I am the last cat on my blog… but I’m just a little over two, so she hopes she doesn’t have to concern herself with that for a very long time!

Romeo May 16, 2016 at

Hi Summer! Thank you! You are just a young’un!

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