After the sad departure of our geriatric cat with ninja tendencies we had a few months to let things settle. There would never be another cat quite like him and in many ways this is no bad thing (I still have the scars!)
So after a trip to the local cat rescue, we have a new cat! Well she is actually a pre-owned one rather than brand new. We decided on a rescue cat and we’re so glad we did. There was a huge temptation to go for a kitten but they are far more likely to find a home than the adults.
If you are an animal lover it is hard seeing so many cats that are just looking for the basics of food, water, somewhere warm and dry and someone to love them. We saw so many cats any of whom would have been more than happy to move in.
It was a difficult decision and I still feel guilty about the ones we left behind:
- The elderly cat who was struggling to cope with life at the rescue centre after her owner went into a nursing home
- The ridiculously noisy Burmese who only stopped yowling when you stroked him
- The calico cat that paddled her paws on the glass to get your attention
But we chose the cat that had been found in a cardboard box in the garden of a rented house trying to defend her kittens from the new tenant’s dog.
We have named her Lily, she is a tabby and about a year old. She is settling in really well and already has a favourite spot on the sofa and the windowsill!
She loves to play and is hugely entertaining. What is interesting is the way she behaves. She appears to have picked up some dog-like traits – she carries and fetches her ball, she flops down at your feet and she wags her tail when she’s purring!
It’s lovely to have a cat about the house again.