Last weekend, I visited my local Cats Protection Christmas rehoming show. I know this cats shelter do some amazing work in the area, so took along some spare cat food and some cash to hopefully spend on some christmas gifts. Little did I know I would end up adopting another cat!
I am a huge fan of Cats Protection and the work they do, I wrote about my local branch in my blog ‘Fostering Our Feline Friends’. Rehoming shows can be seen in two different ways – some cats do find them quite stressful and it can be uncomfortable for them to be cooped for a couple of hours, but the support and new homes generated from them really does make them worthwhile. I walked around and saw all different kinds of cats, some young, some old, and some recovering from traumatic experiences. However they all had one thing in common; for one reason or another, they were all in need of a forever home. I found out the story behind some of the cats – one was an impressive 18 years old, and needed a new home as his owner has passed away. A black cat had lost an eye due to a road accident, and was left abandoned with his brother. Another had been at the shelter for a long time and his uneasy temperament around people meant he just couldn’t seem to find a home. It was unbearable, and the worst part was, this was only a small selection of the cats looking for a home in my area.
I felt terrible and knew I had to help in any way I could, so decided to rescue a cat. The type of cat I chose didn’t really matter to me as they were all equally in need of a home. My first choice would have been one that was having the hardest time to find a home, but I had to think about Harry and how he would get on with his new companion. I then saw a sign reading ‘gets on well with other cats’ next to the back of what I presumed to be a tiny ginger and white kitten. She was a little uncomfortable about the whole experience and had her back to everybody. After talking to the fosterer, I found out that she was nearly two years old, but was probably malnourished as a kitten which has stunted her growth. She was found abandoned in a box, all by herself, until someone luckily handed her in to a local vet. I took her home with me, and named her Hattie.
During my first week with Hattie, she has made some amazing progress. Introducing her gradually to the household, she has stayed in my room with me, and hopefully I am beginning to win her trust. It’s strange to live with an animal, yet being so clueless of their history. I have no idea what she has gone through in the past, but I’m so pleased she’s safe now.
‘Adopt don’t shop’ is a very clear message, and after seeing all the cats in need of a home, I am reminded why. There are so many amazing cats, each with their own unique personalities, that are in desperate need of a loving home. If you are thinking of adopting a cat, please remember all those living in shelters, and give a feline in need the forever home they deserve.
Today Hattie has gone to the vets to be neutered, this is another pressing issue for cat owners to consider. It’s a simple procedure, and you can contact your local cat shelter or vet to find out how to arrange it.
There are so many strays and unwanted cats around today, so it would be great to help the situation in anyway we can.
Wishing you a merry Christmas and a compassionate new year!
From Jenny, Harry and Hattie