Congratulations! I'm also trying to adopt a cat that I saw at Petsmart. Two, actually. After the string of cat losses over the last few years -- some from age and some from sudden unexpected illness -- we've found ourselves down to two cats for the first time in almost 13 years. We had a third one for little bit, but he was my son's cat, and he recently moved out and took his cat with him.
The two we have left are over overgrown 13-lb kitten who will be a year old next month, and one of the two compact kitties that my friends found abandoned by their mother as kittens, and nursed them back to health. That one's almost seven years old now, and on the small side. The other one likes to play, and sometimes he gets a little too rough with him. He used to play with my son's cat, and they were closer in age and size, and more evenly matched.
We've been thinking about getting him another playmate, another one close in age and size, and maybe another one close to age and size as our older cat. We've been to the pet stores on many occasions, and we've looked at cats just to look, but even when we still had six cats, it was so tempting to take one or two home with us.
This past Saturday, we stopped by there to pick up some goldfish for our aquarium, but decided to look at the kitties first. We didn't intend to get any cats, although I knew at that time of the day on a Saturday, the volunteers would be there, and it would be so easy to break down and want to take some home. And that's what happened. We found one that was about a year and a half old, and about the same size as our kitten, and fell in love with him right away. But then we saw on the back of the tag that there was already an adoption pending. One of the ladies told me that "it wasn't going well", and went on to explain that the other person who had filled out the application had four cats, and didn't list a vet. Then she walked away to talk to one of the other ladies, and then came back and told us that he was available.
While we were looking at him, one of the other kitties came up to the front of the cage and started reaching her paws at us, like she was saying, "Take me home!" She was a little older, about a year younger than our older cat, and we figured that they might be a good match. She snarled at us when we first let her out of the cage, and I started having second thoughts, but she warmed up to us pretty quickly, even letting us pick her up. Even the volunteers seemed surprised.
We played with the two kitties for a little bit, and then put them back in their cages, and then filled out the application. So far, it's looking pretty good. I got a call from them this morning, letting me know that my vet had verified that the cats I already have are fixed and up to date on their shots. They said that they were going to call my references next. They asked for two, so I listed the people I got the cats I currently have from.
Sorry, didn't mean to hijack Blas's thread. If everything works out, I'll start a new thread and post a pic of the new kitties.