Although dogs are pack animals and cats are social creatures, introducing new pets to the family’s other companions is a delicate process. Family pets can be territorial, or two animals simply may not get along for one reason or another.
These are some of the concerns that crossed 24-year-old Phoebe Gill’s mind when she fell in love with Stitch, a one-eyed cat in need of a forever home. In just nine months of life, the Sphyx kitten had already had her share of trauma. Gill wanted to make sure that her dog, Alaska, would welcome her into the family with an open heart.
“She had an injury to her eye, which would have been cured with medication but her breeder didn’t take her to a vet,” Gill wrote of Stitch, according to a story by Bored Panda. “When it got worse, the breeder gave her up and the vet took her in and did the surgery to remove the eye, as it was too late to be saved.”
But despite the kitty’s small handicap, Gill desperately wanted to adopt Stitch, calling it “love at first sight.”
Although the animal lover was positive that she and Stitch would get along just fine, there was still one big question in her mind: How would Alaska handle the new addition?
Thankfully, the dog and cat got along beautifully from their very first day together, and they’ve been best friends ever since!
“It used to be that Alaska (my dog) would follow me everywhere, toilet and shower included. Now, there are two,” Gill said in the story.
“They eat together, sleep together, play together and I’m pretty sure if Stitch was allowed outside they would also poop together,” she told told Bored Panda.
Gill couldn’t be more thrilled that her two beloved pets are great pals, and she’s still smitten with the newest family member.
“I haven’t had Stitch long, but she’s brought so much love with her,” she said in the story.
What a happy ending! Not only did Gill get to give this special kitty a forever home, Alaska the pup got a new best friend!
You can see more of this adorable duo on the Alaska and Stitch Facebook page, and follow Stitch on Instagram @stitchtherescuecat.
(h/t: Bored Panda)