I’ve mentioned them before but we hadn’t decided on their names yet at the time.
Meet Salt and Pepper, our male and female Persian kittens. Why and how we bought them is an interesting story.
On the last week of March, we went to SM Megamall to buy a laptop for Sam. We arrived before noon and since I expected to do some non-stop walking until we could find the appropriate laptop, I stayed just outside the mall for a few minutes for a smoke. Speedy and the girls proceeded inside and, when I entered, they were waiting for me at Bio Research, a pet and pet supplies and accessories store.
There was this adorable pure white Persian kitten. The girls started saying, “Please, Mommy… please.” I couldn’t. We were there to buy a laptop, not a kitten. And Bio Research is expensive. PhP 12,000.00 for a cat? I don’t think so.
But the girls were badly smitten. The sales girl brought the kitten out of the cage to show us how beautiful and tame it was. By that time, Speedy started to walk out of the shop while Sam and Alex were pulling my arms to prevent me from following. To be honest, we were already the center of attraction in the shop with their “Please, please… pleeeeease!!” and my corresponding “No, no, noooooo!!!”
I finally pulled free from their clutching hands and started to walk out. They had no option but to follow. Once outside, their dad and I told them we would visit other pet shops where the prices were more reasonable. After all, their dad had promised them pedigreed cats months ago. But I said I couldn’t buy a laptop and a Persian cat in a single day. I only had enough money with me for the laptop.
Now, here’s the funny thing. Sam wasn’t too keen on buying a “reasonably priced” laptop. She wanted a loaded gadget. I said I had a finite budget and we would stay with it. After the cat episode though, she was willing to slash her laptop budget so there would be enough left to buy the cat. As in from the models that cost PhP50,000.00, she was suddenly amenable to those that cost PhP35,000.00. And that was what we bought.
Still and all, I wouldn’t buy the overpriced Persian kitten at Bio Research. On the way home, we passed by Tiendesitas to check out the pet shops. The prices were even worse. Persian kittens were selling for as much as PhP23,000.00. The cheapest was PhP10,000.00 — not too healthy looking at that. The girls had to rein in their excitement for a couple of days.
The following weekend, we went to Cartimar in Pasay City. That was where we found Salt and Pepper. PhP13,000.00 for two kittens. They’re not siblings so we can even breed them.
The photos above were taken two days after we brought the kittens home. They have grown fatter and bigger somewhat but they’re shedding their hair so it isn’t the best time for photo shoots. In a few weeks, the photo taking will commence once more. :)