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Life Update: Cat & Catten

Life Update: Cat & Catten Posted on March 16, 20196 Comments
Ahoy, hello! My name is Jenny. I am a thirty-something human female from Manchester in the north of England. I enjoy rainy days and sad songs, custard donuts and salt & pepper chips and beer, lentil dhal and fried okra, X-Files and Twin Peaks, fierce fat heroines and mental health advocates, dogs and cats and otters and a very special beirdo. To paraphrase Sylvia Plath: "I blog because there is a voice within me that insists on writing lots of ridiculous chuff".

Friends! It feels like a long time since I’ve sat at my desk and composed an update that isn’t a review or a giveaway. I love trying stuff out and being inventive with new ingredients, but I also love rambling on about Stuff and Things and telling you any new/exciting news. Subscribers to my newsletter will already know that, following the recent sad departure of George, our elderly feline friend and resident, we adopted two new pals from our local Cats Protection branch.

Meet Igor

Igor was found as a stray, and though everything was done to try to find his humans, no humans could be found. Igor was approximately 8 months old when we met him in the shelter. Igor thinks EVERYTHING is brilliant. People are brilliant. Climbing is brilliant. Falling is brilliant. Eating is brilliant. Chasing his back legs is brilliant. Snuggling is brilliant. The dog is brilliant. The cat is brilliant. Everything is BRILLIANT. When we fitted Igor with his new collar and bell, he spent three days trying to catch the bell around his own neck. It was brilliant (obviously).

Igor is a teenager. He’s gangly, eats like a horse, and gets a serious case of the zoomies multiple times per day. His head is currently too small for his body. Or is it the other way around? He’s a growing kitty. He’s probably one of the most affectionate and confident cats I’ve ever met. Igor wants you to know that you’re all just brilliant.

Igor is undoubtedly adorable, but he’s also a fiendish little swine who manages to get into places we never imagined a cat might go. WHICH IS FINE BECAUSE, YES, HE’S A CUTIE PATOOTIE. And he’s more or less the polar opposite of his adopted sister, Marmalade…

Meet Marmalade

There aren’t many photographs of Marmalade.

Poor Marmalade was taken from a hoarding situation, where she’d been for more than two years. When Cats Protection carried out her neuter operation they found out she was already ‘done’, and her prior owner hadn’t even known. Which was sad, we thought. Marmalade was in a foster home before she came to us and had just started to settle and be brave around the humans there. We felt awful taking her from the safety of that environment and bringing her to us. HOWEVER. We are also in it for the long haul, and we were (and are) prepared to let her hide under that dusty bookcase along with one of Mr J-M’s stray old bicycle saddles as long as she needs. Marmalade initially only came out at night to eat and drink and poop and pee and that was a-ok by us.

It was actually just in the past couple of days, on about her one month adoptiversary, that Marmalade came out for her very first strokes and scritches, and Mr J-M managed to catch it all on camera.

Isn’t she handsome? Marmalade is still verrrryyyy cautious and fearful, but we’re making progress and are confident we’ll get there in the end <3

That’s about all from me for this update, friends. I just wanted to introduce our new feline residents to you all. We hope to have many long, happy years together!


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6 comments

    1. Yes! It’s so sad, but yes. I home-checked for our local RSPCA branch for years and I know that a lot of folks just ‘return’ a cat that doesn’t instantly behave as they expect/hope πŸ™ Marmalade has all the time she needs here!

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