Any of you who follow me on Twitter or have seen my Instagram photos will already know this, but just in case you don't, my husband and I have a new addition to the family. A little kitten called George.
Both my husband and I grew up with cats and we'd talked about getting one but George was a slightly unexpected arrival, not that we'd be without him now! George was actually found by friends of ours near to where they live, alone and very frightened. They managed to tempt him out of his hiding hole and gave him a home for a few days. I know they'd have kept him if they could but sadly allergies prevented that and so we offered him a home. Well my husband did knowing I wasn't going to say no.
Of course this meant a shopping trip for all the things needed to give a kitten a good home, or at least initially the most essential items. Pet Lovers Centre has since become my most popular shopping venue after the supermarket. It also meant finding a vet and thanks to various Facebook friends recommendations we found one not too far from where we live, they've certainly lived up to all the high praise they received.
George got a clean bill of health, which we were very pleased about given that we did not know anything of his origins etc. He has since had his first jabs with some more to come, as well as getting him microchipped and neutered in due course. He certainly is full of life and very feisty with a real little character and has made our home even more of one.
As I mentioned I grew up with, at least, one cat in my family and we also had chickens, zebra finches and goldfish at various times. My extended family have also always had cats and dogs and other animals so really it was inevitable that we'd have a pet of our own at some point. For us a cat is definitely the best option and really what we wanted the most, not to say that I'd never consider a dog but, at the moment, that's just not practical for us. I only now appreciate how much I missed living with a pet and the daily enjoyment they bring.
Something of a first for me though will be owning a cat that is essentially an indoors cat (other than access to our balcony). The cats my parents owned have always been able to have access to a garden and enjoyed the best of both worlds. Though my parents current cat is a self proclaimed house cat. She's fourteen and won't consider going out unless the weather is very good. Anyone knowing the UK will therefore know she doesn't go out much! I was worried about keeping him happy and entertained but he seems very content with his life and thoroughly enjoys the toys we've got him, as well as anything else he can find to play with. Of course any tips anyone has for keeping a house cat completely happy I'd love to hear them.
He is currently chasing a pen around the floor and quite frankly being absolutely gorgeous! Welcome to the family George.