Jason and Lori Griggs stored hanging out of their seek for a remedy cat for his or her daughter, Kiley, as a result of frightened kitties would run away from the teenager’s motorized wheelchair.

Then, workers at Suncoast Animal League in Florida contacted the household with the good information that they seemingly had the right cat for his or her family. When Kiley’s dad and mom took her to the shelter and met the pleasant cat, he confirmed that he belonged with the Griggs household.

“He just came walking up like he’s the head honcho … meowed at us and jumped right into Kiley’s lap,” says Jason, who on the time stated, ‘Really? Well, I guess we’re taking this one dwelling.’

“He’s just not fazed by Kiley’s disability or the wheelchair whatsoever,” says Jason, whose daughter has cerebral palsy. “You find the pet or the pet finds you. This pet truly found us.”

As for Kiley, she knew she had discovered her cat.

“He was put in my lap, and he stayed there,” she says. “He was growling at the other cats like he was saying, ‘These guys are mine.’”

Happy at dwelling

The household instantly took the cat dwelling and named him Richey. The identify was impressed by his all-night meowing after getting neutered, which made his people consider singer Lionel Richie’s music All Night Long. The Richey spelling matches with their Florida city, New Port Richey, which is close to Tampa Bay.

Although Richey sleeps in his dad and mom’ mattress at night time, he’s 100% Kiley’s cat through the day and retains the home-schooled lady firm. He sits on her lap usually, and whereas she does her schoolwork, Richey lounges by the window behind Kiley’s laptop computer and paws the highest of the pc display screen. The talkative cat appears on the wheelchair as simply one other lap, Jason says, and he usually sits in it even with out Kiley.

Nothing appears to hassle Richey — not even loud noises or the sombrero his household purchased him. He is uncommon in that he really enjoys nail clipping and stomach rubs. When the household took Richey alongside on a boating journey, he stayed safely away from the water however cherished the journey. Jason took him out for “dock walks,” and Richey loved socializing.

A celeb connection

Courtesy the Griggs Family

About two years in the past, Richey, who’s now round 6 years previous, was a fortunate discover for Chris Poole, often known as Cat Man Chris, whose kitties Marmalade and the late Cole are web celebrities.

The soiled kitty was a part of an residence colony that Chris had been feeding, trapping and neutering. When the brand new cat confirmed up very hungry sooner or later, Chris found that he was additionally very pleasant and positively not feral. Chris thought the cat must be adopted out to a loving dwelling.

Chris took him to the shelter, the place the longer term Richey grew to become a favourite with workers and volunteers.

“He met the purrfect family,” Chris says. “Definitely one to remember!”

Richey has introduced a lot love and soothing to the Griggs household, who had misplaced senior cats Chicago and Shawnee lately.

“Richey’s probably one of the best things that could happen for Kiley,” Jason says. “Just pure companionship, calm nerves and everything else.”

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