Cats do really have their own way to touch people’s hearts, especially the ones who have no connection with a furball. Most of the tough men like our fathers are examples. At first, they said “I am not a cat person!”, but after a while, you see they are sleeping peacefully on the couch. There is no accurate explanation for these common situations but that could be one of the most precious relationships between cat-human. Mark was in the same boat. He was never a cat person and the Joaquin family had to get through the loss of their beloved dog Lily. But a one-week-old kitty Mat had proved himself that he deserved to be the mempurr of the family, and the closest friend of his human dad Mark.
Julia Joaquin is a woman who loves animals, especially squirrels. When she adopted a gentle female dog named Lily, the journey became very meaningful. Whenever Julia brought a poor kitty or squirrel home, the mother instinct of Lily kicked in and she fostered every single creature that Julia provided. It was not until 2020, Lily had to say goodbye to the family and cross over the rainbow bridge, leaving Julia the inspiration to foster more animals.
“My dog, Lily, was the best foster mom dog. When Lily passed away, neither one of us could imagine taking a new animal into our house.” – Julia shared.
One year later, the couple spotted a tiny stray kitty constantly hopping around the wooded area in March 2021 when they were enjoying walking. He was a tabby little fluffy ball who was desperately in need of nutrition as well as water, and what the couple Mark and Julia could possibly compare him to, was a phone.
“It was unbelievable how small he was, he was smaller than your phone!” – Said Mark.
The only purpose that they wanted to help this cat was because of his itty-bitty size and he was very dehydrated, some predators could scoop and harm him. The loss of their late dog was still a wound that hadn’t been recovered so they didn’t have any strong attachment with the cat. Mark pointed out that he “was not a cat person at all before”, even though Mat the kitty kept approaching his temporary human dad.
But good things take time. The connection started to bloom every day between Mat and his parents. When Mat was 3-weeks-old, the couple started to let him sleep with them in the bed. He became very healthy and hyperactive. Mat was like a lion, he liked to bite and climb anywhere he wanted. The family gradually got back the same old energy when they used to have Lily. They let Mat play with all Lily’s toys and the kitty was so excited to interact with Mark, who was in denial about having a strong connection with cats.
“I was shocked! I see so much of Lily in the cat. It’s unbelievable.” – Said Mark.
“I didn’t really think I would build a bond as I have with him [Mat] now. He found a place in my heart almost immediately.” – He continued.
Everyday, Mat was showered with a lot of kisses from his dad, he climbed on Mark’s shoulder to get attention, and of course, Mark was completely defeated by the cuteness of his furry son. When the cat was healthy and strong enough to get adopted by another family, Julia was going to send him to the shelter. Her husband also agreed with the decision but Julia was the one who had witnessed all the loving moments between Mark and Mat. She knew that Mark already loved the kitty and he wouldn’t want to let him go.
“He kept saying ‘Oh, so when do we give him back?’. Meanwhile, he’s snuggled up with Mat and everything. I knew he just wanted me to say that we were going to keep him.” – Said Julia.
Finally, Mat stayed in his forever home with the Joaquin family. The couple knew that Lily wanted them to keep this little guy. Currently, Mat is a big boy, living with another rescued ginger cat Rocky, a playful squirrel Stephen, and his kind-hearted parents. Mat is a loving and sweet kitty, he helps Julia to foster animals like Lily used to do, and continues to pursue the mission of happiness.