The first time Bella met Jake, she shrieked in fear! Every time the cat would even walk by her, she would literally shake and scream in panic. We were a little worried what would happen if they couldn’t co-exist. However, after just a few days at home, she would just casually glance over at him and look as if she were thinking “I wonder why that big black and white thing is in the house?” (Kevin still wonders that! 🙂
Then, one day she reached out and tentatively petted him! Now, she calls Jake to come sit on a blanket on her lap. It’s quite humorous to see a 21 lb cat sitting on a 27 lb little girl! I think they secretly really like each other.
We are pretty sure she never saw a cat before Jake. But now, she notices kitties all over the place..in books, on TV, toys, you name it. She says “Ki-ee, Ki-ee, Ki-ee” “mow, mow, mow”….
I am not sure Bella realizes it, but Jake was also very instrumental in her adoption. I think I told of how the Orphanage Director was so taken aback when he saw our picture of Jake in our family album we were showing him at our first visit. He said he had a cat just like Jake. The next day, back in his office, the family album was open–to the photo of Jake! He told us that he went home that previous night and told his cat “Mushka” that he had a twin brother in America. How did this happen?” Hey, who would have thought Jake would play a role in bringing Bella home!
All in all, I’d say she (& he) adapted pretty well. After all–he’s adopted too! 🙂