When Erin Merryn first met her cat Bailey, she could never have guessed just how big a part the ginger tom would play in her life. In fact, the pair are still best buds more than a decade on. But the human-feline relationship took on a whole new dimension when Erin welcomed her newborn daughter to the household.
Erin, who lives in Elgin, Illinois, began her friendship with her cat 13 years ago. It was then that she was away from home as a student at college; Bailey, by contrast, was a little kitten in desperate need of a home. And when the duo’s paths finally crossed, it marked the start of a long and loving relationship.
Upon meeting Erin, Bailey was seemingly so bowled over by the student that he jumped into her arms. Erin, in turn, secretly brought the kitten back to her eighth-floor dorm room; she took a risk in doing so, however, because she wasn’t supposed to have pets there.