What a week I’ve had, best laid plans and all that!
On Thursday I had an early finish from work and was planning to finish a few items ready for my Etsy shop. I was having a little mooch around the garden, planning for my fences to be put up.
Suddenly I saw this cute little black kitten strolling up the garden path, and he walked straight over and threw himself at my feet. I knew that he ‘belonged’ to a neighbour due to a recent incident of neglect we witnessed, regarding him and his siblings. He was outside without being vaccinated, microchipped and neutered, too young (only 12 weeks old) and the neighbours’ children said that he was unhappy at home.
With help from my friend, we managed to get him rehomed with me. By this time I had to go out to complete a Dementia Friends talk and so I borrowed some kitten food and left him with a bowl, some water and Ella’s litter tray (much to her chagrin!)
Ella is not keen on other cats and I had always planned to keep to a one-cat household. Of course all of that is up the swanny as he has bonded so strongly with me within minutes. I can’t imagine life without him now, he is so tiny, sweet-natured and gentle.
I used to work for Cats Protection so have followed their excellent guidelines about introducing him into the house and taking it slowly, to ensure long-term happiness for all inhabitants! I got a Feliway diffuser which relieves tension in cats, for Ella’s benefit more than his…
Ella is a bit put-out at the moment, but has at least not been aggressive or overly anxious, as these piccies attest to!
So we will (hopefully!) be a happy cat household, he has had a check-up at the vets and his first immunisations, soon he will be free to go out into the garden, safely this time. He is only 1.2kg but not too underweight for his age, and otherwise the vet gave him a clean bill of health. Phew!
The only thing left was to pick a name for him, and since his brother is named Brian after the wonderful physicist Professor Brian Cox, my first idea was immediately to name him Patrick after Sir Patrick Moore (the late, great amateur astronomer and TV Presenter of The Sky At Night).
So welcome to Patrick – and lots of fuss and hugs for Ella, to hopefully smooth the transition so that she comes to terms with the interloper and they can live together in harmony.
Hopefully next week I’ll have more time to get on to other priorities including my delayed Etsy shop!