Andrew and Fleur the cats were rescued by the SPCA from a house overrun by animals.
Multiple cats were surrendered, including the pair, who then found their way to Treena Stanford's house.
"I had a separation, and I had no animals," Ms Stanford said.
"Then it came to me, and I became interested in adopting a cat."
Andrew and Fleur joined Ms Stanford and her daughters, soon becoming part of the family.
"Fleur now sleeps in their rooms," said Ms Stanford.
"As soon as they come home, she meows and meows and is all over them."
Fleur also likes to bring the family the occasional dead rabbit, and play with Ms Stanford's 2-year-old at 1am.
Fleur was once an introverted cat but she and Andrew changed upon arrival at their new home.
Now "she's the new boss of the house".
Both Andrew and Fleur are friendly and nurturing cats.
"They've given me real friendship," said Ms Stanford.
"They don't care how you look, they don't see anything. They always just greet you the same."
Ms Stanford would encourage others to adopt, especially older cats.
"There's less work with behavioural or toilet training.
"Everyone deserves a second chance."
How to adopt
• Visit the SPCA village at 50 Westney Rd, Mangere.
• Staff will assess your suitability.
• Cats cost $160 for a kitten, $105 for a middle-aged cat and $55 for a senior. Dogs are $275 for a puppy, $255 for a middle-aged dog, $105 for a senior. Other animals vary.
• Visit spca.org.nz