Back in the middle of August we lost Mika, our cat of 15 years (though I’m entirely sure we were his human servants!). It was so heart-wrenching, but he was ill and we couldn’t let him suffer. So since mid August our ten-year-old, half-breed Maine Coon Leo has been an only cat.
We had the whole “do we / don’t we” discussions about getting a new cat as a companion for Leo, after all he’s never been an only cat before. Our pets have always come to us needing a home, but we’ve never actively sought to adopt an animal before.
We looked at all the local cat charities, as well as some a bit further away, but in the end we settled on Aberystwyth & District Cats Protection. Their website has an Adopt a Cat section and a quick look showed plenty of cats to fall in love with. We fell in love with Silky* – a young cat described as a dainty lady who’s very affectionate, vocal and can’t get enough attention. Perfect!
We filled in the contact form and waited to hear back from Aberystwyth & District Cats Protection. A phone call later and the beautiful Silky was reserved for us.
Cats Protection, like any good animal charity, usually do a home check, but due to the distance involved they agreed to contact our vet for a reference. We can only imagine our vet gave us a good reference as Cats Protection gave us the go-ahead to adopt Silky. I was like a kid at Christmas and couldn’t wait to meet her.
Silky was being looked after by a fosterer, so we agreed to visit on Friday 13th November. We drove to the wild hills of Ceredigion and met the dainty Silky, her fosterer and the other cats in her care. I fell in love with Silky all over again, although I was tempted by the four cute little kittens cuddled up together.
Silky was brilliant on the hour and a half journey home, but poor Leo had no idea his world was about to be invaded by another cat.
We followed the Cats Protection’s advice on introducing a new cat to the household and took it slowly. On first meeting Silky, Leo wasn’t bothered. However, the second time he took great offence to another cat being in his territory!
We’ve had Silky a week now and she’s delightful. She’s around 18 months old, so is quite kitten-like. She isn’t as vocal as I thought she might be, but she’s very friendly and can’t get enough fuss. Leo still isn’t sure of her, but they’ll get there, I’m sure.
*We’re not sure if she’ll be keeping Silky as her name yet. Only time will tell!