Thursday, 14 August 2014

Adopting cats


For ages James and I have talked about getting cats. At first we were living in our no pets rented flat, so it was impossible, and then our long hours at work combined with the half finished state of our house meant we just weren't in a position to add a living creature totally dependant on us to the family.

However, now we have a vaguely livable house, James finished his teacher training and has had the whole of the summer holidays off, and I had two weeks of annual leave coming up, so the timing was as good as it was ever going to get, and we took the plunge.

So meet Hershel and Emmy - our beautiful new bundles of fluff. Bonus points if you guess where the names are from! We adopted them from our local shelter - the Celia Hammond Animal Trust. They lived there since they were found abandoned in a Tescos car park at just ten days old, so they are understandably a little nervous of people and of big open spaces. It's now been nearly three weeks since we took them home and one of the most stressful and rewarding three weeks of my life!

At now five months old they are verging on being young cats rather than kittens, so while on the plus side they are more able to look after themselves and don't need so regular feeding as a younger kitten, the down side is their most impressionable weeks are over, so it's taken a lot of effort to slowly bring them around to trusting us.

Hershel is the more curious and excitable of the two. He loves chasing his sister, his tail, a fish toy on a string, and anything else you might accidentally leave out which is chaseable! Emmy is much more shy, and is fond of finding a small space to curl up in. So far favourite spots have been behind the tv and under James desk, which meant a panicked trip to Maplin for cable tidies to try and reduce the potential damage she could do with all the fun wires she managed to find to play with!

I think this has definitely given us a glimpse as to what we might be like as parents - very panicky ones! We have both had points of being beside ourselves with worry - constantly asking google if they are eating enough, drinking enough, worrying they won't like us, and a particularly traumatic trip to the vet with Emmy with a potential eye infection. Do not ask about our many failed attempts chasing her round the house trying to get eye drops into her eye. It definitely set us back in the whole 'trusting humans' thing. But despite all that there is no more gorgeous sound I can think of right now than the purring of a little cat while you stoke or brush them, and I am so glad we gave these two a home. 

I always knew it was a big responsibility to get a cat, although I don't think I quite realised how much it would affect me. Currently I have spent an absolute fortune on finding their favourite type of cat food (they turn their noses up at Whiskers, only Felix is good enough apparently!), a scratching post they never use (but the sofa is sooo much better for scratching!) and all the other associated paraphernalia, my house smells of cat, and is covered in fluff and bits of litter, but I definitely wouldn't have it any other way.


celia said...

Ah they're so lovely! It's great that you took the chance to adopt from the shelter. We have two adopted cats, they had spent 3/4 years at the shelter after being abandoned. It takes a lot of patience but it's so rewarding to see a shy cat finally come out of their shell.

Kirsty said...

Aww, that is so cute! I love seeing pets being adopted and going to good homes! They look adorable, especially those big eyes. I only have the one cat, but we keep talking about adopting another. Cats are funny when they're fussy, aren't they? Good luck being kitty parents! :) xo

- Kirsty

Jane said...

Aw so cute! I've never owned a pet past a goldfish. Good luck with all the learning :)

laura said...

Aw, so gorgeous! I think cats make awesome pets...Mae is a little beast sometimes but she's such a lovely character to have around! x

Nadia said...

Ha I'm glad we aren't the only ones who tried lots of different foods to see which one the cat likes best! Luckily for me, he likes go cat and won't use any litter other than sainsbury's basics.

The Girl Who Looks Like a Cake

Jo said...

Awwww black kitties! So glad you managed to give them a home. My brother and his family recently adopted a little rescued kitten too. It's absolutely bonkers and has the loudest purr for such a tiny kitten!

Sherin said...

They are the cutest. Good luck with them.

Joanna. said...

We got our George when he was just four weeks old. He's coming up to two years old now and he's my baby. Never, ever thought I'd say that but I love him like I love my brother. Those little bits of fluff with bigs eyes dig themselves down into your heart and fill you up.

I know that if/when we have actual babies I'm going to be one of those soppy ones, Deffo!

Joanna. said...

Also just to point out - my brother is not my baby, but I'll always worry about him :)

Lizaboo said...

So glad you've adopted. There is such a cat crisis out there that so many prefer to 'buy' trendy breeds. I too adopted my black cat toby from our local animal rescue and life would not be the same without the mischievous little man :o) xx

Alice said...

My bestest friend is my cat, I love him to pieces and don't think our lifes would be the same without him!
Such beautiful names too xxx

SJP said...

Aww, congratulations! Pets are such a big commitment - so far we've only managed a hamster but I'd love to own a cat and dog in the future.

This is going to sound like a very mum thing to say but don't forget pet insurance if you haven't already got some - my colleague didn't have any and her cat was hit by a car a few weeks ago and his treatment is costing them hundreds of pounds. Not good!

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