bunn (bunn) wrote,


We had resolved that we were not going to rush into acquiring more cats after Yama died.  We were going to wait at least til after Christmas!
 But the house felt awfully empty with only two humans and Rosie in it, and one way or another I seem to have ended up in an awful lot of rescue Facebook groups...

So on Friday we went to visit a couple of kittens: well, one kitten (15 weeks), and one young cat (10 months).   They were down near St Austell, and though we had planned to just pop in and visit them, then have the homecheck and collect them later, it seems we gave a very convincing impression of being loony cat people, because having chatted for a while, they asked us if we'd like to take them right away to save us doing the drive twice.   This is not a question we are capable of saying no to, so we borrowed baskets, and took them with us.  They reckon they'll do a followup check instead of the homecheck.

The first evening hiding under Pp's desk: Gothmog kitten on the left (she has just been spayed, you can see the bald patch) and just visible on the right , Fankil.

The rescue were very triumphant at having finally found a home for Fankil, because apparently he'd been in the rescue for months, despite his rather gorgeous grey fur and green eyes, because he was very scared and growly.  He's still very scared though apparently he has improved.  We're hoping he will go on getting more confident.

We were told that Gothmog, who had also come in as a feral kitten was also potentially a bit scared and growly, and indeed, it took us a very long time to get her into a cat carrier: not because she was scared, exactly but because she seems to be really REALLY clever and was well up to the task of evading three hopeful humans who were desperate not to upset her.

But her fosterer said she had been becoming more cuddly the last couple of weeks, and indeed, today, she seemed to have entirely got her confidence back.  These photos are terrible since I didn't take any until the light had gone, but you can see she's confident.  You can't hear her being VERY purry!

She looks kind of huge in those photos, so here she is with my hand for scale.  Yesterday she hid in a corner: today she loves cuddles and is now fast asleep on Pp's chair. 

Fankil's sad little face watching us warily from the corner as we played.

The idea of adopting the two of them together was supposed to be that they would give each other confidence, and both were in houses with other cats -  but I'm not sure they actually like one another.  Gothmog in particular seems a feisty little soul, I hope she's not going to be too mean to him.  We bought some Feliway hormone today and I've just ordered more of the new Feliway Friends hormone, which is supposed to particularly help cats establish friendly relations.

Gothmog loves attention and is quite vocal.  In fact, she was so confident we introduced her briefly to Rosie this afternoon, and that seemed to go OK, though at the moment the kitties are staying separate until they've got to know us a bit better. 

I think Rosie was a bit miffed: she went off her food yesterday and struck a Melancholy Attitude but she ate a big tea today, so I think the Attitude is already wearing off.
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