Our Featured Pet this month, “Napoleon Zachariah” is a feisty white kitten who was recently rescued by Tamera Gethers, a member of Replacements Ltd.’s human resources department. Napoleon’s journey to Tamera began when a Replacements employee rescued him, along with several other kittens, from a local shelter, and brought them in to work to find homes for them.
“One day I was walking by, and I saw these kittens in a box,” Tamera said. “I saw them, and I kept walking, but I came back and there were two little kittens left, a black one and a white one.” Tamera was advised to take the black kitten, because the white one was acting so mean! “He was hissing and growling, and when I went to pick him up he hissed,” Tamera said. “But I picked him up anyway, and put him right next to my heart, and he immediately laid his head down and started purring. That was it – Napoleon became mine!” Tamera thought Napoleon was blonde at first, because his coat was so dirty. But after she took him home and gave him a good bath, she saw that his coat was a beautiful white.
Tamera’s other cat, “Aristotle,” is still in the process of adjusting to Napoleon. “Napoleon terrorizes Aristotle,” Tamera laughed. “Their temperaments are totally different. Aristotle is laid-back and kind of aloof. Napoleon is energetic and wild.” In fact, Napoleon is so quick that he’s earned the nickname, “White Lightning.” “But he is also the most loving cat I’ve ever had,” Tamera said. “I call him my purr-bucket.” Although Tamera used to bring Napoleon in to work, he stays at home with Aristotle now. “If Aristotle eats, then Napoleon eats. If Aristotle sleeps, then Napoleon sleeps. It’s cute because it’s almost like Napoleon looks up to Aristotle, and Aristotle looks at me like, ‘What have you done?’” Tamera said. Like Aristotle, Napoleon has also gotten used to going for walks on his leash (Tamera has become something of a professional at leash-training cats!)
When asked about the pet policy at Replacements, Tamera said, “I loved being able to bring Napoleon to work, because I was scared to leave him alone with Aristotle – I thought Aristotle would eat him! And he enjoyed coming to work. I would still bring him in, but he’s just not as calm as Aristotle, and he would probably tear my office up.” When asked about working at Replacements in general, Tamera said, “I think this is a wonderful place to work, and having worked here for almost ten years, I would say that the company just keeps getting better each year!”
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