As many of you may know or not, we have two cats 13 year Spot and 7 year old Nu. You may only think we have one cat since only Spot is really comfortable with the dogs and lays around with them to get his picture taken. 7 years ago we adopted Nu because we had two bonded boys Spot and Sparky. At that time, I began to worry that if we lost one of the boys the other would mourn so inconsolably that we would lose him too if he didn't have another cat companion. The rescue coordinator swore up and down that Nu would be perfect for a household with dogs and already lived with one. Well, he is far from perfect for a household with Basenjis but he has some great accomodations and he did exactly what we got him for and gave Spot the will to keep going after we lost Sparky. If we hadn't had Nu, I am not sure Spot would have started eating again after his bout with fatty liver but Nu would come and lay with him every night. I am now worried that as Spot ages and Nu is completely incompatible with the basenjis that when Spot is gone, Nu will need a companion.
My husband and I agreed that it would take a special cat to live in our household. It seems there are not many cats out there with the natural confidence it takes to hang out with basenjis. We decided that this time rather than make a commitment to a cat that may not work out we would help out homeless cats while we shopped for the cat that was the right one. Sometime in the next two days we will be picking up our first foster cats. They are purebred Bengal cats, I am hoping the breed will have enough moxie to live with basenjis. We really aren't looking for two cats but these boys are losing their current foster home and really need us so until they find a forever home they will be here.
Here is a link to the California Bengal Rescue page. Champ and Bailey are the two boys that we are picking up.