Fate has a funny way of working itself out, and sometimes cats are involved.
For Brian Herrera and Cathleen Cavin, they've spent their entire lives circling each other, just out of reach. In the end, the Internet dating brought them together, but some could argue it's the story of their sibling cats that sealed the deal.
Born two months apart in the Bay Area, they've lived in the same three cities. They've got the same taste in music, discovering they even went to the same concerts. They both have a daughter just a year apart in age.
In July 2014, they both adopted a male white- and orange-colored cat from Petaluma Animal Services.
Nearly one year later, the couple found each other on Tinder. They talked for over 12 months but Cavin wasn't really feeling it, avoiding going on a date. But in June 2016, they finally met for dinner.
The evening continued on to Herrera's house. It was then that Cavin noticed a white and orange cat.
Cavin told Press Democrat:
"I start looking at the cat, and I'm like, 'That's my cat. You have my cat.' And he's like, 'No, that's my cat.' So he thought I was some crazy cat lady, and I said, 'No, I promise you. Come over to my house.'"
The following day, Herrera went over to Cavin's house. There was no denying how much these two cats looked like twins. That's when they pulled out the paperwork and discovered the felines, Ozzie and Butter, are, in fact, brothers.
When Cavin and her daughter, Joyce, went to the shelter to pick out a cat, they were drawn to the pair. But Cavin's landlord only allowed them to have one cat, so they had to leave Butter behind. Cavin recalls that she and Joyce cried when leaving the shelter, so upset at not being able to bring home both kitties, noting that they look "absolutely identical."
The saga continued once Cavin returned home. Ozzie frequently whimpered in the first two weeks at his new home, and Joyce, then six years old, said it was because he missed his brother. Cavin even made a promise to her daughter. She said:
"I made a really stupid promise. I told my daughter I would look for the cat and try to find his brother. I kept saying, 'I'm going to find him.'"
When Cavin called the shelter, Butter had already been adopted.
Cavin finds the ordeal unbelievable, but it's pretty clear it's meant to be. She and Herrera are moving in together in March.
It took until this Tuesday for the cats to reunite for the first time in over two years. Cavins says it was "the cutest thing" she's "ever seen."
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All photos via Press Democrat.
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