Stepping out of the Shadow….

…..to introduce you to the new boy in our lives.

Unfortunately things didn’t go to plan with our adoption of Cartman the cat last month. We thought we’d bitten off more than we could chew, but sadly it was he who was a bit too handy with his teeth. We weren’t able to stop him biting in totally unprovoked attacks. Cats Protection League were more than understanding when we called to say we had a problem and said that we should take him back immediately to have another chance at being rehomed. I’m hoping he has found a new home where he’s happier now. I think perhaps somewhere with just adults or out of town would be good as Holly was scared of him, and we were worried about the children living in our street in case they came the wrong side of his teeth.

We were pretty shaken by the whole episode but decided that we did want to go ahead and have another cat in our lives. When he was calm, he was a lovely cat, happy to sit with you and follow your every move. It was like having a little shadow at times.

And now we have a real Shadow! He came to us from the local branch of CPL, is three years old and, sadly, had been with them for several months. Did you know that traditionally black cats are difficult to rehome? Can’t understand why!

Shadow was VERY nervous when he first came home with us, spending his first night hidIMG_1363den behind the curtains under the table. Much of the second day was spent hidden under the settee and then, when he did venture out, trying to find any other hiding places he could…..This one nearly gave ME kittens…..!

Thankfully he managed to get down as easily as he’d got up there and, after a few days was settling in nicely and even taking a few tentative steps at beginning to play with his toys and scratching post.

This is him looking far more relaxed, just one week in.

IMG_3115So, hopefully this time we’ve got it right and Shadow will continue to be a happy and content member of our family. I hope that this time I’ll get to share lots more stories with you, and bore you to tears with photos of him too!

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A New Family Member! #AnimalTales

Having thought about it long and hard, on Sunday we popped to Axhayes Adoption Centre, part of the Cats Protection League, in Exeter. We always had cats before we moved house and have missed having one in the new house. We were going just to investigate as we’ve always had kittens before and never adopted a cat. However, the people at Axhayes turned out to be really lovely and helpful and we came away having found ourselves reserved a cat!

We’d spent ages over the past weeks looking at the Axhayes cats on the website so it was almost like a celebrity encounter to finally come face to face with the likes of the gorgeous Augustus, Molly and wonderfully sad but equally gorgeous Shrimp.

While Holly was busy getting to know Val, something else was going on in one of the other pens. Kevin, who we’d had trouble persuading that a cat was a good idea, was getting to know a lovely grey tabby who had been named Cartman by the Centre (after the family who brought him in to them). I’m not really sure who chose who – as soon as the door of the pen was opened Cartman launched himself at Kev and we had trouble keeping him in place – he wanted to come home with us (other cats please note, this is an amazing technique, try it!).

IMG_1217We reserved Cartman there and then, with the idea of picking him up Wednesday this week….he’s here already! Kev managed to get away from work early yesterday, picked up Cartman and it’s already like he’s been with us forever. We anticipated a few teething problems as little was known about his past and he had been a bit “antsy” before the Centre neutered him. But, so far so good! He had quite a restless night, but with the high winds and all of the associated noise we’ve had, it’s hardly surprising. Today he’s just lounging around the place like he owns it….just like a cat should!
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