SUCCESSFUL ADOPTION STORIES
my cat Ginger succumbed to liver failure it left a real cat- shaped
hole in the household. Fortunately, however, Liz from LFF matched up
what I had to offer - a home with a crotchety older woman in a modest
house and garden in a quiet cul-de-sac - with a feline friend, Hannah,
an 11 year old white and ginger short hair, looking for a peaceful home.
She has proved to be a very good educator as she has trained me to recognise her favourite food ,chicken fillet and Cheese Dreamies,and also to realise that when she rattles the cat flap from the outside it doesn't mean that she is about to come in, but rather that she is ready for me to open the door for her. Why have a housekeeper and do the work yourself?! It's not just people that she trains - all the neighbourhood cats have been taught which is her territory and that they had better not invade it. She may be nervous of people (straight out of the cat flap as soon as anyone comes into the house) but she can hold her own with the local felines.
It is grand to have someone soft and furry purring on my knee again and I am very grateful to Leeds Feline Friends for bringing Hannah and me together.
STU ( FORMERLY GINGER )
Ginger had to be rehomed after his owner's daughter developed asthma. Now renamed Stu, which suits him so well, he is very happy with Jenny and Andy who sent us this email.
Just thought I would contact you and attach a few photos of ginger boy (who is getting used to his new name, Stu) settling into his new home. He's a proper part of the family now and an absolute delight.We are extremely grateful to you and Leeds Feline Friends for introducing us to him. Hope all is going well.
DAISY MAY AND DANNY BOY
Daisy May and Danny Boy did not have the best start in life.They were attacked by another cat whilst only 10 weeks old. Danny had severe facial injuries (not that you would notice now) and Daisy lost an eye which left her feeling very vulnerable and reluctant to be tamed. They left their old life at 12 weeks of age and have been cared for indoors ever since. Danny left us as a regular 1 year old but Daisy was still timid in varying degrees. Their new owner has spent considerable time lying on the floor on her tummy trying to win Daisy round and here's her latest update after 7 months in their new home.Just thought I would give you a little update on Daisy and Danny.They've well and truly got their paws under the table! Daisy is snuggled up on the sofa next to me. She gives a running commentary on whatever she's doing. She's so chatty! Our double bed is no longer big enough. Daisy sleeps on our feet and Dan is permanently laid on my head, chewing my hair - the loon! They both come running when we call their names and are so affectionate. We've got the purriest, craziest cats ever. Love 'em!
HUGHIE AND LEAH WERE FOUND TOGETHER WANDERING ROUND A CAR PARK.
SNUFFY (FORMERLY HUGHIE)
I've had Snuffy for a few months now after Feline Friends found him wandering around in a car park. He looked a bit of a scruff but was still very friendly. He's now rather plump and even friendlier!
As he has FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency virus) he is unable to go outside and, therefore, is a house cat. It took him a little while to get used to this but he now seem perfectly happy living indoors. He spends a lot of his time sunbathing on my bed by the window or watching my pet mice through the glass tank!
As for having a house cat, he's really very easy to look after,so I would definitely recommend that others consider homing a cat with FIV. He's lovely to come home to and now I wonder why I waited so long to get a cat.
Leah was adopted by Laura and this is her story.
We have had Leah now for around 6 months and, as you can see, she is a happy puddy cat who has settled well into her new home.I remember when I walked out of work to a kitten in a car park who was very hungry and underweight. Understandably, she tugged at my heart strings and there was no way I was leaving her. Within a few minutes another cat arrived. He had scratches on his face and a sore paw.This was Hughie, now Snuffy. Having called in back up from Liz from LFF, she said she would help me to put them in baskets to take to the vets - for this we were very grateful. LFF had them checked over and chipped.
Snuffy was diagnosed with FIV but Leah's tests came back clear and we started to foster her with a view to seeing if she would settle with our other little family of cats, gorgeous and full of character (also adopted from Liz last year). As soon as Leah arrived and climbed out of her basket she loved strokes and cuddles and we instantly adored her.We were a little apprehensive if she would get on with our other cats but, with tips from Liz, a little time and phased introductions, it is almost as if they are from the same family of cats so we have now adopted the little lady. She is a joy to have, very affectionate, and she loves to play with her favourite toys. I often wake up in the morning to Leah curled up on my feet and she is always one of the first to greet us when we come home and is the first for dinner! She makes us smile every day. I certainly can recommend adopting a cat from Leeds Feline Friends.I know ours have become part of the family so thank you!
BRAD AND TOBY
This is from Debbie who adopted Brad and Toby.
We're having so much fun with them. They're just so cute together and make us laugh all the time. I love it when they curl up on my knee, even if it does result in pins and needles because I don't want to disturb them! They play together all the time and share everything, although Brad has an occasional growl at Toby over the fluffy mice. Even though they're brothers they have quite different personalities. Brad is the most affectionate and pretty demanding for attention sometimes. Toby is more laid back and always first in line at meal times. We've only had them since Boxing Day but it's like they've always been a part of our family.
POPPY (FORMERLY POPSIE)
This is what Alison wrote:-
I was sure I could never commit to the care of another cat after my lovely but strong minded tortie died in November. I loved her to bits and she had been my companion for 15 years. Then, in March, Liz, the chairpaw of Leeds Feline Friends, contacted me. She knew how I felt about another cat entering my life but wondered if I could help "just for a very short time." As an emergency she was fostering an 8 year old cat called Popsie. The disability of one of the couple she had lived with since kittenhood had forced them to exchange their house for a flat - a flat where no pets were allowed. In spite of their efforts they had found no one able to take on an 8 year old cat. Liz had already promised to take in four kittens , but the space planned for them was now occupied by Popsie! She was sure that the kittens would be homed soon - people like kittens - and then she would take Popsie back to await homing. OK, I had never fostered before, but it was short term. I could help.
Liz arrived with a cat box and out of the box stared two beautiful eyes - huge, round, black pupils surrounded by light green.Then Popsie emerged - a sturdy body with a thick velvet-like coat of fur, black except for her impressive white whiskers, large white paws, white moustache, chest and tummy. She was keen to show off her tummy by doing a roly-poly in return for strokes and tickles. She cautiously and meticulously explored the room, crouching and alert in case anything dared to jump out at her. A little confused by her new environment and me, throughout the rest of the day her activities included investigating, hiding, snacking, practising roly-polies and trying out various sleeping places. Next day she was explaining the rules for playing with cat toys and small balls - the position I needed to be in, the speed to roll and the height to throw various items. It was also my job to search out lost items from under cupboards and chairs. In the following ten days she showed me more of her skills. Open a drawer or a cupboard and she checked its contents. Follow her into the kitchen and she was leaping above the unit to do look out duty. She was full of purr and had the sweetest miaow. I was smitten!
I did not want her to experience the disruption of yet another home after mine. I did not want to part with her. She was a joy to look after and I had forgotten the fun that cats bring. I sent Liz a text "I am in love with Popsie. Please can we consider me changing from fosterer to permanent homer?" Liz and Popsie discussed the proposal and I am grateful to them for deciding "Yes".
Mc VITIE ( FORMERLY JACKSON)
Jackson has a special place in our hearts because he was the first cat that we took in when Leeds Feline Friends had only just started. He was the victim of a road traffic accident. He had suffered a broken hip and his owners didn't want to pay for the operation to fix it and asked the vets to put him to sleep. They didn't want to do this as he was an otherwise very healthy one year old. After his successful operation he was fostered by one of our committee members and lived happily with her for almost a year. It was difficult to understand why no one seemed interested in such a lovely, lively boy but, at last, Caroline and Steve came along and Jackson went to live with them and their other three cats. This is the latest update.
Jackson ( now known as Mc Vitie) came to us 2 months ago. My fiance, Steve, and I had been looking for a ginger cat for some time A little odd given that we already had 3 cats but we just love them! Our other cats are between 1 and 4 years old so we were looking for a young cat but not a kitten. We both fell for Jackson as soon as we saw his picture on the website - he was so handsome. We were initially a little concerned as to how he would adapt to the other cats but, with Liz's advice, he settled in very quickly. We had quite a struggle to keep him indoors for the first few weeks as the concept of a cat flap was all too easy for Jackson. As soon as he saw the other cats coming and going he was hot on their tails. He has now fully explored the neighbourhood and introduced himself to our neighbours, who all love him. He spends much of his time during the day curled up on the sofa or bed, and, when he does go out, he is never far away. He always comes running in when you call his name and is there to greet us in the driveway when we come home.He is very affectionate and loves being held and stroked. He likes to sleep by our feet at night but, with 4 cats, space is precious, so he likes to get there first. He gets on very well with our other cats and even the rabbits! We are so pleased we found him and hope he will have a happy and long life with us.
TYSON ( FORMERLY SPUD)
Spud was a big, unneutered, stray tomcat who turned up in the garden of some of our committee members. We had him neutered and then put him on the website. He was very soon adopted by Anne.
Bella died earlier his year. She was 18 and a half and a complete
little madam, loving with me and feisty with everyone else except my nephews. I needed to
get over losing her but, within a couple of months, I missed the
companionship of a "feline friend". I discovered the LFF website and,
after looking at all the cats needing homes,found it difficult to choose
- they were all so deserving. Liz visited and helped by dismissing most
of them as I didn't have a cat flap.I initially went for Kitty, a
little sweetie with a sad story but, when faced with giving her up after
almost a year, her carer decided to keep her. I wasn't surprised when I
saw them together. Next up was Spud, a cat living outside, so I decided I couldn't have that and agreed to take him in. On arrival he was assigned his own room, the conservatory, where he hid under the table for a day or so but then decided to get to know me.I decided on a new name. As he was battle scarred I decided on Tyson. I can't believe how quickly Tyson and I have now settled into a routine.He follows me around all the time as he must be in the same room as me so, obviously, sleeps on my bed at night.For a cat who formerly lived outside, he is now not all that keen. I dutifully had a cat flap put into my garden shed but it's still unused. He would rather stay in his room whilst I'm at work, venturing out only for a few minutes or with me if I'm sitting in the garden. He is such an easy going cat, not at all phased by anything but he does chase off any other cats who get close within his territory. Food is his main interest!Thanks to Liz and LFF for bringing us together.
INDY ( FORMERLY NDC )
Anyone familiar with our website will remember NDC who was rescued from a life of terrible abuse by a very kind man who, over many months, with an enormous amount of loving care, restored him to physical and mental health. Much as his rescuer longed to keep NDC,the area where he was living was totally unsafe for a cat so, putting NDC's safety and happiness first, he asked for him to be put on our website. It wasn't long before his story touched Ruth and Simon and, after a successful home visit, they adopted NDC, now Indy.
These photos of Indy speak for themselves. He looks so happy and has even got a best friend, Alex ( in the wheelbarrow), to play with.
DEXTER AND SOOKIE ( FORMERLY BECKY AND REX )
Dexter and Sookie relaxing in their new home just a few days after arriving there.
Dexter and Sookie are settling in well. They are playful and curious and are more affectionate today, coming to sit near us and letting us stroke them.They are purring more and eating well.
Pru came into our new pen after the first three occupants were rehomed. Despite being described as "feisty", Pru was very soon adopted by Stef.
How do you replace a dearly loved cat? I thought it would be impossible and did nothing for 2 years - but then I offered to look after a friend's cat for a month and, by the end of the month, I knew that I needed a cat back in my life! I started to look at the various websites with cats needing homes and I tried to make a decision.Finally I contacted one of the sites to offer a cat a home - only to find the cat had just been rehomed! So I started looking again and came across the Leeds Feline Friends site - so many cats needing homes - how do you decide? I guess there is a little bit of fate involved - Pru appeared and I remember thinking how could anyone just leave her on a doorstep? I liked the description too - feisty - since I wanted a cat who wasn't too dependent on me as I am out at work a lot of the time. I got in touch with LFF to find our more about Pru and to see if she still needed a home.
A week or so later Liz came to check on the roads and garden to make sure that the house would be safe for Pru and to tell me a little more about her. Liz warned me that Pru, although affectionate, was quick to let you know when she had had enough of being stroked so LFF were looking for a home without children (who probably wouldn't be able to read the warning signs) and for someone with experience of keeping cats. A short while later (and a little apprehensive)I met Pru in the pen. I'm pleased to say all went well and I decided that I wanted to offer her a home.
That was about 4 months ago and I am very happy to say that she has settled in nicely. I have learned a few things about Pru - she is partial to the occasional prawn as a treat ( but only the little cold water ones), she likes a game of hide and seek and to run up and down the stairs after breakfast, she won't sit on my lap but likes to sit on my feet, I can brush her for a good 10 minutes just before she is fed, she can leap in a full circle in the air when she is playing with her squeaky mouse and her favourite spot in the garden is under the bushes.
I won't pretend that everything was perfect straight away. Pru took a while to settle down and was pretty nervous for a couple of months and sometimes this manifested itself in a bit of bad temper (on her part!) but patience is rewarded and she is such a funny, sweet cat. There is not a day goes by when she doesn't make me laugh.
HOLLY AND BERNARD ( FORMERLY TOM )
From Ruth - Just thought I'd send a few photos of our gorgeous kitties, Bernard ( Tom ) and Holly who are growing up so fast. When they arrived they settled in very quickly and, although Holly seemed to be the shy and quiet kitten, she has turned out to be the most mischievous and nosey of the two. Bernard is just a big softie who loves cuddles ,whenever he can get them ,whereas Holly loves to be cuddled, but on her terms only. They play together constantly with the occasional sibling fall out and, if one sneaks upstairs to find a warm, cosy spot, the other runs around chirruping to find them. They are never apart for long. Holly loves to sit on my husband's shoulder and lick his ear whilst Bernard loves to retrieve their toy mouse like a little dog, waiting for you to throw it again. They are very loving, affectionate and fun kittens and are giving us hours of entertainment with their antics and kitty chats. Keep up the good work Feline Friends - you have made two felines and four humans very happy!
CUBBY ( FORMERLY WILSON)
Wilson, Jones and Fraser (names familiar to all who watched Dad's Army) were the first cats in our new pen and Wilson was the first to be rehomed. He went to live with Annie.
Cubby is ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC, just so affectionate. He's a real mouser and is always bringing us gifts. He's in good health and is such a friendly soul. Don't know how we lived without him!
Will was a stray who is now enjoying his home comforts.
This is Will, very happy, relaxed and settled in his new home. He loves big fusses and tummy tickles.
YOGI (FORMERLY SPARKY)
Sparky went to live with Phil and Gill.
As you can see from the photo he has made the spare bed his own. He loves going outside hunting with Fliss and enjoys lots of hugs and cuddles. His favourite toys are still the play tunnel and his clockwork mouse ........Oh and chasing the chickens but we're working on that!
ERIC AND ERNIE (FORMERLY JONES AND FRASER)
Jones and Fraser were the first occupants of our new pen, along with Wilson. Wilson found a new home first then Jones and Fraser went to live with Rachel and Andy.
ERIC (JONES) ERNIE (FRASER)
We first met these handsome chaps in the LFF pen on a cold December evening.Ernie did the sniff checks on us, whilst Eric checked us out from his heated bed. We named them Eric and Ernie because they are an adorable comedy duo. Probably brothers, they are very close, settled in quickly and are real softies. Eric likes to start the day with a drink from the bath tap and Ern likes to march us straight to his food bowl. Ern is a high tech kitty and likes finding new shortcut keys on the laptop. powering down, deleting and saving changes, whilst Eric has the fastest land speed record from garden bottom to his bowl. They both love galloping round the garden after each other, bits of grass, moths, or for no reason at all! They also like hiding behind bushes and jumping out on each other and bird watching from the bottom of the feeder or in the bird bath!
|A big thank you to Leeds Feline Friends for introducing us to these wonderful fellas and making sure they were safe and healthy.|
TED (FORMERLY SNOOPS)
Ted went to live with Jane and, just a few days after he arrived, she wrote:-
He's great. He loves playing with his toy mouse and dashing round the living room pouncing on it. He is incredibly friendly and loves being stroked, fussed over and sitting on my knee. He spent a lot of the weekend sunbathing in the living room with the sun streaming through the patio doors. I will keep him in for another three weeks though. He is great fun and a lovely pet. It's great having him! Thanks.
KITTY (FORMERLY DUFFY)
DUFFY, NOW KITTY, SAFE AND HAPPY IN HER OWN HOME
Regular visitors to our website will remember Duffy who was on there for over a year. A stray, she had someone feeding her but endured 2 extremely severe winters with only a cat kennel for shelter. During that time Duffy, who desperately wanted to go inside the house of her feeder but couldn't because of a child's allergies, had to be shaved twice, once completely and once partly.
Duffy had endured a great deal and had not been in a home for a long time so she needed a kind, patient, understanding owner who would allow her time to settle, give her the love and care she so deserved and make sure her lovely, long fur never became matted again. After a very urgent appeal that special person came forward in the form of Bernadette.
After just a few days Bernadette wrote:-
Duffy very much at home, eating well. Will do anything for a piece of chicken. Loves to play. A while before she stops growling but a joy nonetheless.
Later she said:-
Duffy totally at home. Has the run of the house when the boys (2 older male cats) are out. Still throwing hissy fits but getting more and more affectionate and playful.
TOTTY AND BECKETT
Totty and Beckett were both rescued by the same person. They are complete opposites in every way and were very aptly described by their rescuer as the yin and yang of the cat world but, despite this, they formed a strange interdependent bond and, after much deliberation, it was decided to try to rehome them together, though we wondered who would be prepared to take on two such different characters. Luckily, Tim and Joan were only too happy to adopt both of them. The photos clearly show how happily settled they are in their new home. On seeing the photo of Totty in the tree their rescuer, who would love to have kept them but couldn't because of the area in which he lives, said how wonderful it was to see her "climbing a tree rather than a barbed wire topped wall."
Liz recently visited Totty and Beckett and reported that they are very happily settled in their new home and their new owners are equally happy to have them.
Beckett was very timid and spent a lot of time outdoors but Tim recently reported that he is becoming much more confident.
Just to let you know that Beckett is getting more confident by the day. He is spending a lot more time indoors and I don't think it's just down to the weather! He's letting me get much closer to him - it seems like a few inches each day - and I've been sharing the settee with him and Totty. He allowed me to stroke him and sat on my lap for a short while this afternoon before he used up his quota of courage for the day.
Tim can now pick up Beckett!
RAFFY AND JASPER ( FORMERLY HOLMES AND WATSON )
Raffy and Jasper, two adorable young brothers, who were in our pen, have gone to live with Rachel and her family.Just a quick update. Both have settled really well. We have named them Raffy and Jasper. We feel extremely lucky to have been given the chance to look after these fantastic brothers. They now think the house is theirs and spend the whole day looking for the best spot to sleep in. They have really bonded with my son and I really think that they think he is another brother to play with. They either follow him around or lie in wait and ambush him as he passes. Thanks again for all your help.
TEDDY AND HATTIE ( FORMERLY BUSTER AND ANGEL )
Teddy and Hattie have totally different characters that complement each other very well. Hattie is a pretty, sweet natured girl with perfect "eyeliner" enhancing her most expressive eyes. She is very lively, playful and inquisitive, always up to mischief and a lot of fun. She is definitely in the premier league when it comes to dribbling a ping pong ball!
Teddy is a gorgeous, big, handsome boy, a real gentle giant, much given to "falling over" and roly polies. Although he loves to chase around the house with his sister he is much more laid back and enjoys relaxing by the fire. He is immediately friends with everyone he meets
They are loving, affectionate cats who get on very well with each other. They love to play together, with me and with their toys. Why they were overlooked for so long is a mystery but lucky for me as I have been able to share my home with two delightful cats.
Originally a stray, Jake was in our pen for a long time with no one seeming interested in offering him a home so we moved him into foster care where he could get used to living in a home.After a while his fosterers decided that they would like to keep him.
Jake first came to us as a foster cat and was very shy at first. With a little reassurance he soon came round and, whilst he is still quite timid around people he doesn't know, he loves nothing more than sitting with us on the sofa in the evening having a fuss made of him. After a few weeks we realised that we didn't want him to leave and were very happy when Liz agreed that he could stay with us permanently.
FLORENCE, SOOKIE (FORMERLY KOKO) AND DEXTER (FORMERLY KEITH )
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I fell for this beautiful trio the moment I first saw their pictures. They're such a close family that I really wanted to keep them together. They have very different personalities though!
Mummy Florence is very laid back and loves being stroked and groomed. She won't spend much time on the beds or sofas but prefers to sleep underneath or on the stairs. I guess she's been told off for getting on the furniture in a previous home.
Kitten Dexter is shy but getting more confident. He likes to sleep next to me in bed. He loves Florence very much. If I groom her he joins in too! Dexter has the longest tongue I have ever seen in a cat! He makes the cutest noises, like a little robot!
Kitten Sookie is my cuddle kitten! She likes climbing all over me and following her Uncle Salem around. Sookie's favourite hobbies include removing the bookmarks from my books and stealing my hairbands.
I'm so glad I adopted three at once and very glad that they all get on with my thirteen year old cat, Salem.
KOKO AND NERO (FORMERLY BRAMLEY AND QUINCY)
Bramley and Quincy were adopted by Helen and Garry. This is part of their recent update.
Our pair of delinquents were two of the five kittens that Peaches had and we took them into our home in July last year when they were around ten months old. They were very timid at first, hiding in the igloos we bought, sometimes both in one. They can't get into them at all now! When we first introduced them into the rest of the house they had a habit of hiding in small spaces. This caused a near heart attack one day when we couldn't find one of them for five hours. They now run around the house and, after injections etc., they use the cat flap like professionals - professional escapologists that is! Nero is totally fearless and thinks he owns the house and garden and the wood at the bottom of the garden too. Koko is more timid but is still running around getting into mischief.
They have grown into beautiful young cats. Koko looks very oriental and would make a beautiful model if we could get him to stay still. Nero is the epitome of a British short hair, black, sturdy and strong. They fight like mad but no claws or bared teeth, just playing and practising, then curl up together to go to sleep.
We adopted Freddie a few months ago. He had been living outside for four years. He has settled in so well. He has now got the hang of the cat flap but still prefers to be inside. He is a very loving cat and always wants a fuss. He is an older cat so we have had no problems with him getting into mischief. He is part of the family. He guards the cooker if we are cooking dinner. We wouldn't be without him.
LOLA (FORMERLY RONA)
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We took Lola on April 3rd. She'd been lovingly cared for by Sam whilst looking for a forever home. We had a tough first ten days. We were worried as Lola seemed to be spending all day every day under the sofa. However, patience (and plenty of roast chicken) paid off and now, nearly three weeks later, Lola has well and truly made herself at home! She is a complete lap cat! We're not sure of her exact age but we're thinking latter years as she certainly likes to take things easy. Her routine seems to be sofa / lap/ sofa / food / sofa / lap / sofa / bed. Oh and not her cat bed - why bother with that when there's a great big human sized bed complete with human shaped radiators within it?! She's an absolute gem and we're so pleased we chose her. Thank you.
TABITHA BRAMBLE (FORMERLY TABBY )
Tabby (now Tabitha Bramble) was adopted about 2 months ago. She had been living mainly outside and she has a flea allergy. Tabitha is nearly 5 years old.
As soon as we saw her and she jumped up on our lapswe knew that we wanted her to come to live with us. She settled into her new home very well and immediately became our "lap cat." She has been really affectionate from the first day. Her skin condition is much improved and her fur is shiny now.
There are times when she is extremely playful. She tears up and down the stairs and pats table tennis balls and skids after them. Her other hobbies include eating, lying on the bed, sun bathing on the window sill and jumping into boxes.
She is more confident now and enjoys brief visits to the garden but soon returns inside.
We are very happy to have Tabitha living with us. It has felt right since the first day.
Thank you Feline Friends and best of luck with all the help you give to other cats in your care.
BERT AND ERNIE
Imagine our surprise when we saw our story in the newsletter!! Mum read it to us as we're struggling with reading. Some of the long words are difficult but we recognised our pictures. Mind you we have both both put on some weight and have now got lovely, thick, shiny fur - because we're worth it!
We just wanted to say that the work you do is soooo worthwhile. When I, Bert, came to live here, having been rescued by Liz, I was seriously unhappy. I had spent 3 weeks hiding behind a fridge, not eating, and I was thin, very, very dirty and really unhappy. My mum felt very sorry for me and spent hours just sitting talking to me, even though I was hidden away behind a curtain. She used to bring me tea and snacks behind the curtain and, after a few days, I started to eat. One night she was sitting near me watching Strictly Come Dancing and she talked for the whole show about what everyone was wearing etc. To be honest I'd had enough of listening to her prattling on so I came out to ask her to shut up!! We said hello to each other and I let her stroke me. Mind you I was filthy! Since then I have realised that most people are kind and I love it here.
Ernie has loved it from day one. He eats like a horse and loves to watch the telly with Dad or Joe.
We are happiest of all at bedtime. I sleep next to Mum - it's a right squash - and Ernie sleeps on Dad's feet. They always said the cats wouldn't be allowed on the bed but I have a face I use on my mum to get my own way. It works every time!!
So thank you so much for helping us - we are really grateful. Without your help we would be having very sad, lonely and hungry lives. Thank you
NIBS (FORMERLY ELMO)
His previous fosterer was understandably sad to give up this charming, stripey gentleman but felt that he would benefit from having access to outside as he'd been indoors for several months.
For the first two days after he was allowed out he couldn't get enough of the great outdoors. We thought we'd taken on a bit of a scrapper as he came in with a couple of bald patches from dustups with the locals but, after that, he quickly settled down and now comes and goes as he pleases. In fact, the neighbourhood's previous Mr Big finally seems to have met his match.
We auditioned several new names for him but it was Nibs (as in "His Nibs") that finally stuck, although he often gets called Big Boy or The Lad.
He sleeps on the bed at night and, each morning at 6-00 am, he signals that it's time to let him under the covers by sitting on your face or pressing a paw into your windpipe.
He seizes every opportunity to launch himself through the air and drape himself round your shoulders where he proceeds to purr loudly, headbutt your cheek and dribble like a tap. He's trained us sufficiently well that it's now possible to perform minor household tasks with him in situ.
It's proved difficult to get a picture of him outside as he's correctly identified that the neighbour's garden is a better place to bask than ours but we finally snapped him striding accross the garage roof looking roguishly endearing .
I just wanted to share with you all some pictures of Wilbur whom I adopted a few weeks ago. He has settled in so well and is a lovely, affectionate, friendly boy. His favourite place is on the front room window sill where he can look out at all the other cats around the street (a lot of them). He goes out when the weather is nice and has been known to walk into the neighbours' houses when their back doors are open, probably looking for food. He is a little wary of other cats - they do seem to visit our garden frequently. I have catmint plants which they all seem to like very much. Sometimes he will stand his ground at the gate but, at other times, he will run into the house, especially when the big ginger cat is around. I hope you like the photo of him chilling in the sun.
Many of you will remember this heatbreaking photo, in 2011, of Tommy, an unneutered tom who had been living outside and fending for himself for a very long time and he certainly had the battle scars to prove it. We had him neutered and hoped to find him a home before he had to spend another winter outside. Some very kind people offered him a home and we recently received this update. (Dec. 2012)
Tommy is doing really well. Filled out very nicely and no longer limping, nice shiny fur and off all his medication. He has a fantastic personality. Attached ( see below) is a photo of him having a cuddle cos one of his slaves forgot to plug in his heated blanket and the other slave forgot to clean his water fountain and clean his two loos!!!! . He is such a nice chap to have, so glad we got him, even at 5 in the morning when he thinks it's breakfast time.
ROSIE AND REGGIE ( FORMERLY ROSIE AND ARNIE)
Reggie and Rosie are well. At the moment they are fast asleep in the conservatory after a busy morning watching the birds - it's a hard life!! They are just beautiful and we adore them - even at 2 in the morning when they are chasing over us playing catch!