Saffy (Safiya) and Sammy (Samira) came into our care during the summer of 2018 as very pretty young kittens who were very much in need of some TLC as they were not in the best of condition. However, a few days with Jean and they were already looking much better and ready for re-homing. Along came Roger and Jane who decided that they would give these two sisters their forever home and they take up the story here.Saffy has always been the more outgoing and affectionate of the two, and that is still the case. She’s inquisitive, adventurous and bold but she can be pretty stupid sometimes. She is the smaller of the two and the size difference is now quite marked as she weighs 3.5 kg compared to Sammy who now weighs 4.3 kg. Saffy doesn’t miaow or purr, but makes a very endearing sort of squeaky yipping noise instead when she wants attention. Sammy has always been much more timid, reserved and somewhat frightened of people. If she hears someone coming up the drive she will run upstairs and hide under a bed and she doesn’t like newcomers. We have had to be rather more patient with her but the last couple of months have seen her really grow in confidence. Sammy does purr occasionally but most of the time she just likes to say “wah” at us. We had them spayed in November and we kept them indoors until about the middle of February when they were allowed outside – under supervision for the first couple of weeks. Now they absolutely love going outdoors although we are careful to keep them indoors in the evening and overnight – not just for their own sakes but also to limit their opportunity to hunt birds when they are at their most vulnerable. They do love climbing trees – Saffy in particular, even though her enthusiasm exceeds her ability. They are both really well settled with us now and we absolutely love the pair of them – they are a constant source of entertainment, amusement and affection. Thank you so much for rescuing these two little girls.Roger and Jane
Oscar came in to Cat Rescue when his owners could no longer keep him. We thought he was going to be with us a very long time as not many people want a middle aged, black cat and to make matters worse he tested positive for FIV/FeLV. However a miracle occurred and someone phoned wanting an indoor cat as they lived on a main road, their previous cat was FIV positive too. It sounded too good to be true but in this case it wasn’t. We have since received reports that Oscar has been the centre of attention at their young daughters birthday party and loved all the fuss. Two years later he has everyone trained to his high standards. His owners say, “ Reuben our younger Dalmatian stood for ages over the bed while Oscar was asleep in it, contemplating whether he was brave enough to squish in with Oscar! Oscar still is very much the king of his castle here with us, loved so much, the best cat ever.”
In June 2017 we received a phone call about a cat that had given birth under someone’s decking. We confirmed that we could take them in and so all our experienced foster mother Jeanne needed to do now was catch them, which was easier said than done. She caught one unsuspecting kitten but the other two were not going to be as easy and they dived back underneath the decking as soon as anyone arrived. It ended up that the house owners had to dismantle their decking in order to catch them! Finally she had mum and her 3 kittens safe in the cattery. Then the hard work began because the kittens had not been socialised or handled and Mum was feral. Eventually the kittens showed some progress and were rehomed to very patient owners who were prepared to continue the work we had begun to tame them.Mum was a different matter though and she ended up staying with us for 11 months as it is so difficult trying to find a good home for this type of cat. We had one offer but this fell through when Polly developed a bad eye needing veterinary treatment. During the time she was with us she did start to calm down and showed signs of enjoying a limited amount of contact with us. Out of the blue Jeanne received a phone call from a lady to whom she had rehomed a cat before. She was looking for a friend for her existing cat and had seen Polly on our website. This looked like it could be a very good match as the cat she had from Cat Rescue before had been almost feral and she had worked wonders with him.
So with patience and lots of TLC from her new Mum, Polly has had her happy ending. She is happily settled in with her new brother which shows that even the more challenging cats are very capable of adapting to a new home when given the chance to do so.
Polly and her new Mum – Feral? I don’t think so!!