A New Arrival – Hopefully

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As Ronnie Barker used to say at the end of Open All Hours  – “Its been a funny old day” but actually its been a funny old  weekend.

I had no plans for this weekend which was great.  I love it when I realise that apart from the usual weekend chores the two days are free for me to do whatever I want.  Having decided the weekend before to postpone my RHS exam from next week until February (nor never!) the time was really free with no pressure to study.

As ever I started the weekend with the weekly food shop and for some reason while I was meandering up and down the aisles my thoughts turned to cats and the perennial consideration of whether or not to get a cat.  I have been thinking about this off and on for several years.  The main reason I have dithered is because I spend a fortune feeding the birds in my garden and this has really paid off in recent weeks with two pairs of Bullfinches daily in the garden even sitting on the patio table and also the odd Goldfinch.  If I got a cat surely I am just luring in the birds for them to eat.  However, in recent months my garden seems to have become a popular haunt for at least 3 local cats presumably because they are after the young birds.

I wouldn’t say it was a light bulb moment more of a flick of the dimmer switch  but it suddenly occurred to me that if the local cats are coming in the garden I might as well get my own cat.  A wise person may also point out that I am frequently at home on my own in the evenings now as the boys are both out and about living their lives and I am probably suffering from empty nest syndrome but we shall ignore that wise person.

So never one to hang about once an idea has germinated I polled my twitter friends to see what they thought while I had my cuppa, I asked my mother if she thought I was mad (No – well no more than normal) and whether she would come and feed the cat if I was away (Yes).  Decision made.

I decided that I wanted to rehome a cat that had been rescued so I contacted the local RSPCA and they put me in touch with the local  cattery.  Having waited all afternoon to tell the boys my decision they came with me to the cattery and there a family domestic nearly ensued.  Hardly to be expected given the variety and characters of the cats available.  The cattery owner was very helpful in trying to help us find the right cat.

I  had  started off looking for a young cat and we were introduced to Pickle – a beautiful ginger and white male cat about a year old.  He was full of beans and won my youngest’s heart straight away but I just knew he wasn’t right for us or should I say me.  Pickles needs lots of interaction, stimulation and I work all day – this was not a good combination.  Finally I decided to look at some slightly older cats and was introduced to Pansy – a 3-year-old tabby cat.  By  this time it was feeding time for the cats and us and we decided to go home, think about things and decide what to do.

After much discussion it was agreed that whilst Pickles might be highly entertaining when the boys were home he would probably trash the house when left to his own devices and drive me mad.  I declared in the authoritative tone I adopt from time to time, not always successfully, that Pansy was the  cat for us – end of subject.   However, we agreed that the name would have to change; especially as I don’t even like Pansy flowers!

So this morning we went back and met Pansy again.  She is a lovely friendly cat who has had a rough time but maybe I will save that for another time.  We have reserved her, filled in a difficult form asking such questions as “Why do we want a cat” “What would we do if  she wrecked the soft furnishings etc” and now we have to wait for a home visit to see if we can provide a suitable home.  Hopefully that will be this week and by this time next week we will have a new member of the family – Maisie

21 Comments on “A New Arrival – Hopefully

  1. Lovely looking cat – I’m sure once she arrives you will not be able to imagine a catless house again.

  2. She looks lovely – and I have a soft spot for tabbies. Both of our 17 year old cats are female tabbies. Beautiful faces, interesting personalities, quite independent. She’ll be fun and good company but no trouble.

  3. Wonderful. I would be totally lost without my cat. My neighbours laugh at her as she follows me up the road to the garden and acts more like a dog than a cat. She is also very receptive to my moods. Being female and of a certain age, they can be a bit erratic! (My moods that is). I’m sure she will bring you hours of pleasure and companionship. Well done for taking a rescue cat and I look forward to meeting her next May.

  4. She’s gorgeous… I hope she settles in and does her job of making it HER territory and not everyone else’s!

  5. she looks lovely Helen, I always thought once settled I’d have a cat again but like you was worried because this garden had so many birds when I arrived and I wanted to keep them, I also have visitng cats, the thing that stops me is there is no one to look after a cat when I am away, they are adorable and I’m she will give hours of pleasure, Frances

  6. She is very lovely, like the new name too . Hope she gets to come and live with you very soon.

    I cant imagine life without my cats.

  7. Beautiful. We love having our two mischievous cats, they particularly like “helping” us in the garden too. I don’t think there are many more pleasurable things than a purring bundle of fluff curled up in your lap. Sadly ours seem to be much quicker than the birds, mice or voles and it is sad when they bring us these “gifts” but still we seem to have a garden filled with birds and birdsong – fingers crossed your cat joins you soon, and the birds are quicker than her!

  8. Oh what a sweetheart Helen ~ not surprising that you were unable to resist such a beautiful looking cat. Look forward to hearing more of Maisie’s doings when she comes to live with you and the boys.

  9. She looks lovely. If you put a bell on her collar and the birds will hear her coming and might have half a chance.

  10. Oh yes! Besides if you have your own cat she will stake her claim to HER garden, and keep the neighbouring cats out. Ours have all been rescue cats. Chocolat was born in an empty plot across the road from our rented house.

    Henry, our old cat, brought Chocolat home. Here you are little fellow, they’ll be looking for a young cat soon …

  11. Maisie looks adorable – I know cats and birds don’t mix but the cat next door to us, Marmite, practically lives in my garden, we feed the birds all year round and as he has got older he completely ignores them and he keeps other cats away.

  12. She’s a beauty. Will you change her name to some other flower? I agree with Diana that she is going to stake her claim to the garden and chase all the neighbor cats away. And you’ll probably be able to control her behavior better than you can control that of cats who are just trespassers. I’ll be looking for more photos of plants with cat in the future.

  13. Aaah. She is so cute! Zoe is spot on when she says she cannot imagine life without her cats. My little on Myrtle is such a comfort. Although a word of warning about those birds. She is averaging a bird a day at the moment despite having not one but two bells on her collar…..

  14. I love tabbies although ours is a large ginger tom, who is beautiful too in his own way! Sure you will love having a cat. We can a few weeks without when the last of our cats died and before Henry turned up and made it clear he meant to stay. It was way too quiet and empty!

  15. What a charming cat. I see she’s already won your heart. Our old cat was a tabby very much like Maisie, and we loved her to bits. (The kids were little and they named her Bob.) Now we have 2, (Thelma & Louise) and they are very entertaining. On Monday morning, I distracted one from following a skunk in our backyard (eeeek!) and yesterday morning I chased a racoon away from the other one, who was sitting there totally unconcerned. So I think you’re in for some fun! Keep us posted when you have time……

  16. Maisie is a lovely name, and she’s a lovely cat. I love her dark paws. I’ve had two tabbies and they were both gorgeous.
    People go on about cats killing birds, but all I know is we have far more birds in our garden now, after eight years of living here with a cat, than we had when we moved in.

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