I am also terribly addicted to cats. I started off with one, a black tom. He, like all my cats, came from a rescue centre. The first thing I noticed about him was a pair of wide yellow eyes staring out in fear in one of the pens. I remember saying they were like Owl eyes, I knew I wanted him straight away. I was told he wouldn't let anyone near him, but that didn't put me off. Once in his enclosure I talked softly to him while he hissed at me. This didn't put me off either, he was just a very frightened cat. I adopted him 6 years ago and it wasn't until I let him out of the carrier on that first day that I noticed his poor feet. Deformed, badly. In some way that made him more special, after all, none of us are perfect are we?
Since then a number of cats have joined my family. An unwanted kitten, Two abandoned sisters, an old chap of 11 who's mum had to go into a home. A 5 year old tabby who had been left in a box with her kittens.
It seems I'm always drawn to the 'under cat'. I could have brought home dozens of cute fluffy cats and kittens, but then I see black, black and white or older ones and I'm told how long they have been there.
I do wonder if the need to rescue a cat comes from my own wish to be rescued too. What I do know is that there is nothing nicer than a loving cat cuddle. If you've been keeping count you will be up to 7 as they are all still with us :) I love seeing all their little faces around my home. All little personalities who can be quite entertaining at times.
It was when I went to adopt my latest young man, I heard the centre were short on volunteers. Emily and I jumped at the chance.
|My new boy :)|
We've just done our second Sunday morning. It's a bit smelly at times, washing litter trays and cleaning out rooms and you certainly get a sweat on, but it doesn't matter. As soon as we've finished our work we can go around and spend time with the cats and kittens. The youngsters are as you can imagine, adorable. But we also make time to encourage the shy ones and to fuss the older ones too.
|Cute kitten waiting for a home|
I do want to bring them all home of course! But I know the kittens will get homes quickly and even after a couple of weeks I can see one or two of the older cats getting adopted.
It gives me such a good feeling inside, although its such a small thing. When I think about days when I just want to hide in my bed, I know I wouldn't want to let the Cat centre down. It's a good incentive, at least if we do nothing else at the weekend, we will have both been out. I'd recommend volunteering to anyone, it doesn't have to be animals, just something you're interested in. Help yourself by helping someone else.
Some of the cats are frightened, some naughty and some are fuss pots, but at the end of the day they all just want a safe loving home. Sound familiar?