Sunday, February 27, 2011

Niko's 1st Anniversary

Niko came to our home on February 28, 2010.
My fiance and I adopted him from a shelter because we wanted Goro to have a friend. At the first meeting, Goro did not like Niko. Goro growled and hissed at him. We kept Niko in a guest bedroom to let both of them slowly adapt to the new situation.

Three days after Niko came here, I found a bald spot over his left eye, which was diagnosed as ringworm.
Since ringworm is infectious and can be passed with direct contact or via environment including shed hair, we had to keep him completely separated from Goro. Niko had to stay in the guest bedroom much longer than we planned.

It became a daily routine to wash clothes and take shower immediately after spending time with Niko. Every time we left the room, Niko cried and cried behind the closed door. It broke my heart but we could not let him out. Goro's hissing continued whenever he noticed Niko in the room or in a carrier when going to the vet. We gave Goro a treat in front of the closed door in order to let him relate Niko to something good.

One day, I was spending time with Niko. I put him on my lap and looked at him.
His face looked strange because hair over his eyes was shaved by the vet for topical application of medicine. He was skinny and bony. His coat covering his tiny body was rough and dry. His nails were cracked. He obviously lacked nutrition, which I think was because he was stray for a long time. When the volunteer lady at the shelter found him, he was in a ditch, in a melting snow, with broken pelvis. We don't know how long he was trapped there. And now he has to be confined in this room.

Feeling sad and sorry for him, I stroked Niko's neck gently.
Then he began to purr. He looked at me and purred. It was loud and strong. This was the moment I really fell in love with him.

About one and half months later, Niko was free from ringworm. Finally it was time for him to come out of the room. But we were not sure how Goro would react to it.
To our pleasant surprise, when Niko came out, Goro did not hiss or growl at him. Goro looked at Niko with a curious look on his face and touched Niko with his paws. We gave both of them a treat.

Soon they began to play with each other, became friends and now they are real brothers. We don't know what changed Goro's mind. After all, maybe this one and half months was what Goro needed to accept Niko. Or did all the treats work as we desired? Or maybe Niko's crying behind the closed door made Goro feel sympathy for Niko and warm up for him.

It doesn't matter. We are just happy that Niko is a happy kitty now. Niko has gained a lot of pounds. His coat is soft and shiny. His nails are strong. He is safe and he stays warm in winter and cool in summer. He is our son and Goro's brother.
Thank you for coming to our life, Niko. Your happy face, cute voice, fluffy tummy, your shyness and sweetness, your everything brings us so much happiness and we love you from the bottom of our hearts. Happy anniversary, Niko.

Niko? Goro? Have you fallen asleep?
Niko...sorry it was very long. I will make it short for your next anniversary.


  1. Niko, happy 1st Gotcha Day! What an incredible story of hardship and suffering transformed into good health and an abundance of love. You have a "happy ever after" of your own, in your forever home.

    Have a wonderful day!

  2. Happy Gotcha Day, Niko !!!
    Today will be a really good day for you !
    At least you can be sure you got no ringworm any more. That's really good start : )
    Have a wonderful day with your family !

  3. Happy Gotcha day Niko San. I love your sweetness very much and now I know why. ♥♥♥♥

  4. Happy Gotcha Day, Niko! I am so glad you were gotted and have such a wonderful Forever home now.

    When Harley lived at the shelter, he had ringworm all over his face for many weeks! He would get antifungal cream put on his face, and then he rubbed at the bars and it turned the cream gray, and he looked like a mess!

  5. Happy Gotcha Day, Niko! We enjoyed your story and it wasn't too long :) You and Goro are very lucky kitties and it's great that you are both good friends/brothers now! Have a special day, Niko!

    Pip, Smidgen, Minnie, and Hollie

  6. Happy Anniversary Niko!! And look at you two kitties snuggling together and having a snooze ~ oh you both are adorable! Lots of love at your house I think! :)

    xo Catherine

  7. Happy Gotcha Day Nico! I'm so glad you are all healed up and have such a great family!

  8. Happy Gotcha Day, Niko! Mommy cried a little when she read how badly off you were when you were are certainly one lucky and loved Cat. We love you too!

  9. Happy Anniversary Niko! And many more...I'z got my jazz paws goin' for ya Buddy! The story of how you were found is so sad. We're so happy you got such a loving home with your Mom and Dad and Goro. Wishing you lots of extra Num-Nums and treats for your special day!

  10. *sniffles* ....that was so sweet! :'( HAPPY GOTCHA DAY, NIKO!! *hugs* i'm really glad that you came to live with such an awesome and loving family. :)))

  11. OMEDETO on your Gotchaversary, Niko-Chan! We are so happy that you have found a loving home and a good brother!

    Purrs from
    The French Chans,

  12. Happy Gotcha Day, Niko. You made Mom have leaky eyes reading this. You now have a loving Mom and Dad and a loving Brother. We love you.
    xxx Kassey

    Mom said tell your Mom to come to our blog and get the Awesome Blog Award. She hasn't blogged yet about it but gives credit to Mr. Puddy who gave it to us. She is just visiting and offering the award.
    This one also requires 7 things to relate, but Mom hasn't done it, lazy Mom.

  13. Niko!! Happy Gotcha Day!! We are so happy you have such a happy home now after such a rough start to your life!! You are such a lucky guy!!

  14. Oh Niko! Happy Gotcha Day. What a lucky, lucky boy you are now after such a rocky start in life. Your Mom took SUCH good care of you--you are a very handsome Mancat now with a great furever home!

  15. Happy Gotcha Day, Niko! I'm glad your mom posted this story..I must admit it made my eyes leak a little bit! I'm so glad you found such an amazing home and are safe, healthy, and loved<3

  16. Mommy had leaky eyes too,,she now admits.

  17. We're sorry we're late to visit, but we would love to wish Mr. Niko a very happy Gotchaversary! That was such a sweet story about poor little Niko - we're glad it had such a happy ending!!!!

  18. With everything that has been going on, we have been bad about visiting. Please forgive us for being so late in wishing you a happy first anniversary, Niko-kun. :)