Meet Bart! – the cheeky little chap who so lives up to his name. I have to confess we had not planned on getting a kitten. Imagine the conversation on the way to the foster home – we mustn’t let ourselves be drawn towards a kitten, we really should be thinking of an older cat – yes dear, I totally agree…
…and then we saw Bart – totally and completely irresistible - the feeling seems to be mutual, he has settled so quickly, and now we cant imagine life without him.
… and the shower…
Dear Street Katz
I just wanted to update you on Autumn, a cat you recently rehomed. I am sure you will remember her as she was with you for a year before I took her.
It was a slow start as she was very frightened of new people and must have been overwhelmed with the move and a new large home. As soon as she got out of her carrier, she took refuge behind the sofa, which is very secluded and a great place to hide! She stayed here for 2 days and did not make a sound or move. However I could tell she was coming out at night when I wasn’t around as she had used her litter tray and the food was gone by the time I went to check on her in the morning. On the 2nd night she started to meow from behind the sofa and kept popping her head out to see what was going on, eventually she had the courage to jump up on the sofa and watch the TV with me, OK it was only for 5 minutes but it was progress.
After about 5 days I introduced my other cat (Guinness) to the room, who is a lot bigger than her and a 2 year old tom. She was very confident around him and approached him, then followed him round the room, I think Guinness was less impressed at this time and kept running away. A few days later I gave her the free running of the house and she ran like mad for the first few days and it seemed she had then settled in.
A few weeks later I slowly let her go outside in the evening when I was around, and since then she has been going out for 2-3 hours a day. She stays very close to the house still and usually always in view but she loves running around in the garden and I have already received a few presents in the form of mice which she looks happy to have caught. Her favourite thing to do is watch other animals on the TV, she is always glued to it. She recognises other cats on the TV, especially the Felix advert cat.
I have noticed Guinness has stayed in more now he has a companion and apart from the odd fight over food they get on very well. She is a very vocal cat and likes her food even though she is still relatively small. She always runs to the front door to greet Guinness as soon as he comes in and is also the first to greet anyone that comes down in the morning.
I won’t pretend to understand cats but Autumn seems very happy and has come a long way from the cat we took 2 months ago who would run away when I tried to stroke her, she now lets me stroke her and pick her up most of the time, and lays on her back waiting for her stomach to be rubbed.
I am glad we were able to give her a home after so long before another winter, and thank you all for your help.
Leslie has sent this lovely picture of the 3 kittens she adopted from us recently. Rufus, the black & white one, has been a big scaredy cat but with time and patience is doing very well. They share their humans with 2 dogs.
Here's what Leslie has said about her new feline family:-
"They are wonderful! We are
one big happy family and the
cats even snuggle up to the
dogs every once in a while
(well not Rufus on the snuggle
bit). He does grace us with
snuggles occasionally though.
Dear all at Streetkatz,
We just wanted to send you an update on Cedric, 4 months after he came to live with us and became Lord of the House! Ceddie, (or Fuzzy) is the most wonderful character and constantly makes us laugh. We think perhaps his grumpiness was down to not liking being around other cats - since he's had the free run of our house, our garden, all the gardens in our road etc, he's lost all his grumpiness and just rules the area! He's a friendly boy, unfazed by visitors (even children) and thankfully leaves our fish alone! He sleeps on our bed every night, grudgingly allowing us to sleep there too, occasionally! He's useful as an alarm clock during the week, miaowing like mad for his breakfast on the dot of 5.15am every morning, but unfortunately the concept of "a weekend lie-in" has passed him by...!! Ceddie has recently undertaken a single-pawed reduction policy on the local wildlife....so far he's killed 2 1/2 birds (we think one escaped, but relieved of a fair few feathers, which ended up on Ced - see pic) and one frog and was so proud to be able to give us such lovely presents! He adores us, but of course, only at breakfast and dinner time ;) he likes to be close to us and is always in the room with us in the evening, preferably on a piece of newspaper! He LOVES playtime, but being so big, strong and destructive he has killed about 6 feather sticks, so we're now using ribbon as it seems to be more durable! He's incredibly clean, constantly washing his beautiful fur which is sleek and glossy all the time now, although he does shed like a monster and we have to hoover most days to get rid of the fluff on the carpet!!
We love him to pieces, and are so, so happy that we could bring him somewhere where he can be in charge and settled, and he certainly seems to be extremely happy now, with his two slaves at his beck and call at all times! Thank you so much for giving us the opportunity to adopt Ceddie - he's our little monster and has turned out to be a little, black ball of sunshine!
I attach some pictures of Ced in his many, contortionist positions - his favourite is the superman, on his back with his arms and legs outstretched, where he takes up the entire end of the bed before wriggling in his sleep and falling off!!
Rebecca, Simon and Lord Cedric.
Good News on Fancy, now called Megan: "Megan is doing really well and she is very settled in her new home with us and Lucy. Both cats are quite happy they love to chase around in garden. We can't believe that three weeks had gone and it seem we ve had Megan so much longer . She is adorable and we love her very much and she is well looked after by her new family and Lucy."
Teddy now goes out, although he likes to help Sue's daughter study ...
" ... He did cause havoc on his second day of freedom. He climbed on the half open garage door and because he is heavy it quickly closed, causing Teddy to fall off and feel very offended; but unbeknown to me, next doors pretty little ginger and white girl was on the top half of the garage door inside it and was catapulted out (through a gap in the side of the decaying garage luckily). He also seemed to be confused and was trying to get in next doors patio doors later, despite all the litter scenting I did round the garden for him and one of my daughters and I went to get him and show him the way home.
Mostly he goes out in the morning, doesn't go too far and then pops in to check on us all every half an hour or hour. He is kept indoors after tea time feed and happily lolls on Anna's bed. Very funny as he takes up most of it and gets cross when disturbed if she dares get in her own bed. She doesn't like to disturb him, so settles for a few inches of space at the edge - honestly!
He often joins us in the lounge of an evening too and plays with his favourite toy a butterfly on a stick, the best 50p I have ever spent. He lays on the rug with the two dogs and has even been seen to greet Alfie, the bichon, nose to nose now, so is a fully pledged family member. I really couldn't love him anymore and am glad no one snapped him up before me."
Thanks to Sue for this further update
"Hello all at Street Katz,
I am Teddy's new Mum! He has been here a week now and is very loving and we are completely smitten by him. He shares a bedroom with one of my girls (he doesn't like her taste in music - his only complaint). He has the run of the house now when it is safe and no one will be around to open a door and I can supervise him with the dogs. My cocker spaniel has surprised me, she has been very gentle around Teddy and ignored his hissing (which is becoming less frequent as he relaxes); My bichon is a bit scared - but we are getting there. Teddy found the tropical fish very entertaining..."
Just awaiting a lovely new photo now! ~ and here they are!