Celia Adopted Us – Our Cat Adoption Story

Purina Cat Chow Celia cat

-This is Celia pretty much anytime we try to pack for a trip.-

Typically it’s the family that decides when it’s time to add a pet into their lives. In our case, it was our cat who choose us. We absolutely adore her but she is so sweet and inconspicuous that most people, even those who have visited our home don’t realize we have a cat at all. Even though Celia is tiny, she’s a BIG part of our family. Purina Cat Chow recognizes the important role cats play in our families and are sponsoring this post to share our adoption story with you.

Purina Cat Chow Celia Cat

When our cat Celia Gracie Lightbulb ( yes, that’s her full name given by our children. Thankfully, she just goes by Celia these days.) , found us, we were in the middle of moving from one house to another. I will never forget hearing her sweet kitty meows out on the front porch and wondering what that could be. I was certain she belonged to a nearby neighbor. She was too sweet and affectionate not to belong to someone, rightShe followed us back and forth as we loaded our furniture piece by piece onto the moving truck.

I wasn’t allowed to let her inside and let the kids see her. My husband didn’t want them getting attached and being disappointed. “It wasn’t the right time and we were certainly not getting a pet on moving day.” I think those words may have been more for he and I than the kids. We are complete softies when it comes to children and animals.

It was time to drive away but I just couldn’t leave this tiny kitten with nothing. So I picked up a little cat food and left her a little bowl. To my surprise, she was still there when I came back for the final cleaning a week later.  A few neighbors suggested taking her to the local shelter. As I was locking up the house for the final time, I once again heard this tiny “meow, meoooow”. I tried to stay strong. She followed me down the sidewalk and sat on the curb as I buckled my seatbelt. I wanted to pick her up and take her with me but I knew it wasn’t the “right” time”. As I began to drive slowly away, I looked in my rearview mirror and took a double take. That silly kitten was running down the street.

Was this really happening?! A cat chasing my car? Do they do that?? 

I slowed down and opened my door to look behind. She came up beside me and jumped into my lap. From that moment on she was ours. We went shopping for some Purina Cat Chow Kitten Formula, took her by our local veterinarian, and told the kids we had a new addition to the family. Of course, they thought we were having another baby since we hadn’t discussed getting a family pet but we all agreed this was a MUCH better option.

Purina Cat Chow Kitten Formula

I’m so glad we were able to offer Celia home and she didn’t have to live without a family at a shelter. Each year, approximately 3.4 million United States cats are taken in by animal shelters and only half of those cats are adopted. This year, Purina Cat Chow is focused on delivering great nutrition to cats in the care of animal welfare organizations to help them become healthy and ready for their forever homes with its “Nutrition to Build Better Lives” program. During the month of July, for every bag of Purina Cat Chow you buy your cat, a meal will be donated to a cat in need. Purina Cat Chow is encouraging cat people to join in its cause to support shelter cats by buying a bag of Purina Cat Chow from July 1 through July 31.

Purina Cat Chow

It may not be a possibility for you to adopt another cat into your home right now but there is a way you can still support. The simple act of buying a bag of food for your cat can help the cat community-at-large and feed a cat in need looking for their forever home.


  1. Awww how adorable. Celia Gracie Lightbulb just knew you were her forever family. So glad you stopped. I hope and pray you have many wonderful years with her. Thank you for sharing,

  2. OMG, this eyes!!!! I just want to scoop her right up! Great post 🙂

  3. ooooohhhhh… she chased after you??? It was meant to be!
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  4. Adorable! Celia most definitely chose you. 🙂

  5. That’s a smart answer to a tricky question

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