When 12-year-old Fonzie saunters into the room, you can be pretty sure that Hitchcock isn’t far behind. The two cats have bonded like brothers, and Hitch likes to keep up.
Fonz had lost his best friend, 18-year-old Sneakers, several years ago. “Fonz seemed to really miss having the companionship of another cat these past few years, so earlier this past year, I finally decided that I was ready to open my heart and home to a new cat,” says Erin Levin of Linwood, New Jersey. “I’d been searching for a kitten, but one day decided to expand my search to include adult cats. I came across the most handsome 2-year-old grey tuxedo Maine Coon mix. He looked just like a combination of Fonzie and Sneakers.” He was listed on Petfinder by P.A.L.S., based in Broomall, Pennsylvania.
She drove an hour to his foster home in Philadelphia to pick him up. “He came over to me right away, purring. It was love at first sight.” She named him after Alfred Hitchcock because of his distinguished profile, and within a week Hitch and Fonzie had become fast friends.
His fosterer had told her that Hitch was a very vocal cat, but she had yet to hear much of a peep out of him, except a growl when he first met Fonzie. About the same time that he and Fonz became best buddies, she heard a crazy croaking sound coming from the kitchen one night. She went to investigate. It was Hitch. That first meow that sounded like a croak seems to have been another signal that he had settled into his new home. It’s a distinction all his own, and people who hear him think he sounds a little like a frog.
“Recently Fonz had an unfortunate bout of illness that has taken him a few weeks to recover from,” Erin says. “Hitch is such a great cat that he sort of settled back a bit so that Fonz could heal, but he has continued to remain close to wherever Fonzie is in the house, as if he is watching over him. Sometimes he even cleans Fonzie’s face.”
Hitchcock, formerly homeless, has a new story: Life with Fonzie.