It never fails to tickle me when two cats choose each other as “best friends forever.” No matter how many times I’ve seen a duo develop a bond, or a kindle of cats cuddled in a heap, the phenomenon of “cats who love cats” is always a source of delight to me.
I don’t know quite how long these cutie pies were together at the Long Island shelter where they lived prior to coming to Tabby’s Place, but it’s clear that whatever they’ve gone through together has bonded them – deeply.
If you’re looking for Rusty, you’d do well to find Brando, and vice versa. They make quite a pair: Brando is just about the ultimate snuggle-bunny, with a big round head and a can’t-miss-it stump of a tail. Even without his pronounced head tilt, tiny marmalade-and-cream Rusty would be instantly recognizable – he’s just beyond adorable. Quite fearful when he first joined us, Rusty has begun to trust the humans who adore him. But, Brando remains his favorite creature on earth.
Now, one of high-energy Rusty’s favorite games is…well, the best way to describe it is rolling. The first time I saw Rusty do it, I was sure there was catnip, or at least a toy, involved. But, no; Rusty entertains himself enormously just by rolling, over and over, side to side, ad infinitum.
On a recent afternoon, Rusty’s rolling set off one of the cutest things I’ve ever seen. As usual, Brando and Rusty were together, enjoying the sunshine out in the solarium. For no apparent reason, Rusty began his giddy rolling (and rolling, and rolling).
Brando watched with great interest…then, clearly deciding that whatever Rusty was doing looked like fun, Brando took his place beside Rusty and began his own rolling frenzy.
I’ll never know just why this was so much fun for the boys, but it was a joy to see them having such a blast. I was grateful to have my camera in hand for all the synchronized spinning!
And, I remain grateful to know these goofy, devoted, lovable lads from Islip. My landlord’s “two-cat limit” (not to mention my two cats’ contentment with that limit) keeps me from adopting Brando and Rusty (and I would!). But, you will be among the first to know when they do find their forever home – and fingers and tails are crossed that they’ll go to that home together.