Go on, I dare you to rub my belly!
Rose the cat has been featured on this blog before multiple times in an attempt to find her a home and finally in celebrationg of a home accepting her in. This post is a letter from her new owners who are obviously enjoying the rewards of the choice they made so many months ago.
Last October, my wife Hazel and I decided it was time to give a deserving cat a home. We had 2 cats, Kitty and Ringo, who sadly died during 2010. This was a very sad time for Hazel and I. We had always had cats, so we were missing feline company.
We decided we wanted a cat that really deserved a loving home, as we didn’t want to replace our other two. We were aware of the The Society For Abandoned Animals on the Stretford / Sale Border. We had a look on their website and looked for a cat that had preferably been at the centre for a long time.
That’s where we found Rosey. She had been in a pen for 9 months at the centre, waiting for a potential owner to give her a home. Usually cats find a home in days or weeks. She was about 2 years old and the volunteers at the SAA could tell that she at one time did have a home, but for whatever reason had become a stray.
She was found scavenging for scraps of food at the back of the Stretford Arndale Centre by one of the volunteers while shopping. The volunteer said that Rosey wouldn’t allow you to get too near. She was a painfully thin and in a bad state, and the weather in January 2010 was extremely cold. The snow and ice stayed for weeks. After a few days of visiting Rosey, the volunteer managed to grab her and put her in her cat box.
When we went to visit her, she bit both my wife & I. The staff said that they think she had been mistreated because of her behaviour. She would flinch and cower if you moved your hand too fast. At the same time, she was intelligent and loving. She would sit on your lap for hours. The volunteers at the SAA became very attached to her, but they knew she couldn’t go to just anyone, and that they thought that she wouldn’t be suitable for a family with children, or one with other cats. She also might have been too much for an elderly person.
We knew we had to give Rosey a home. She wasn’t suitable for many people, but Hazel and I knew that she was perfect for us. We could give her a chance to have space, patience and freedom to allow her to eventually be happy. After having been locked in a small area of for about 9 months, however loving and caring the staff were at the SAA., she needed a stable calm home with a garden in a quiet traffic free street.
Today 6 months on she has become much happier. She loves our company. She’s always waiting for us when we come home, even though the cat flap is open always. Now it’s starting to get a bit milder, and we are gardening, she’s always follows us. She climbs trees and many of the neighbours have commented on what a friendly cat she is. She has become friends with many of the cats on our street, which we always wondered what she’d be like.
Since we gave her a home, she has never bitten us, only pretended to bite us in the first week or so, and she hardly ever scratches us anymore, only when we are too playful with her, or on the odd occasion if we pick her up, though we were never able to at all previously, now she rarely minds.
She’s come so far in 6 months and we’re sure that as we show her love and affection, and give her space, she’ll continue to become what she should have from the start.