I've had the "girls" nearly a year now. Tuesday will be a year since I adopted them. They've grown so much and Edith (black calico) is continuing to grow. Her particular breed (she's a dessert lynx mix) usually doesn't stop growing until they are two years old, while most domestic shorthair, like Lucy, usually stop after a year. I think that Lucy (gray calico) is as big as she will get. I'd originally planned to fly Edith back with me at Christmas. It would have been a shorter trip and easier on her. However, the apartment that I found does not allow pets. This apartment will do for at least six months, and then I can start looking for something that will allow pets. Regardless, Lucy will probably stay with my aunt who she likes more than me anyway. Lucy is a bit of a scaredy cat. She runs and hides from almost everyone. Edith on the other hand demands everyone's attention, usually in hopes that they will give her food. She likes to sit on my shoulders (and sometimes my head) as I have my morning coffee.
If HRH was still alive, I wouldn't have stopped until I found a place that allowed cats, but these girls have been around my aunt enough to be comfortable with her and quite honestly might just prefer her. I will miss them terribly, but for now, this is the choice I had to make. I know they have a good home and will be well taken care of. I will still miss them though, and they might miss me a little. Lucy is completely indifferent to me, and Edith only thinks about food and playing. So, it's quite possible that they won't miss me nearly as much as I will miss them.