Monday, 29 March 2010

Yesterday was C day!

I woke up nervous and excited and couldn't wait to pick that little kittencat up.

It's been almost a month since we started out on the search for our kitty. During that time I've spent a lot of time reading articles online and in books about what to expect when you bring your first cat home. 

I was prepared. Before we went to collect her I checked her designated 'safe' room (as I was told to do in most of the hundred articles I'd read). There was fresh water, toys, a warm basket, littler tray, scratching mat and food at the ready. I even got down on my hands and knees to view things from 'a cat's perspective' as I'd been advised. Everything was ready.

Very shortly after we had arrived at the shelter (a little early and very eager) we were cat owners! The kitty (she still doesn't have a definite name!) was put in to our cat carrier and we were on our way home. I talked to her all the way, reassuring her like I had read to do. She didn't look very happy about the situation but she was calm. So far so good I thought.

I was nervous about the kind of day we had ahead of us. I knew there was every chance that when we arrived home she might stay in her carrier until she gained in confidence and that she might well run to the nearest nook or cranny and stay there (some articles said) for up to 3 days before she wanted attention. I was prepared to leave it on her terms.

As soon as we got home I took her to her safe room, took a deep breath, opened the carrier door and stood back. At first she peeped up at me with a little confused look on her face then she wandered round the small room, bobbing her head up and down, taking in every little sight, sound and smell. I sat on the floor to watch her quietly. As soon as I did she stopped, looked at me and then came straight over and sat on my knee purring and rolling on me like a cat that had known me all her life! 

She didn't do anything I expected her to do. Within an hour it was as though we'd always had her. I was so pleasantly surprised at how at home she seemed so soon. 
She's super affectionate and loves anyone that is giving her attention. She's what, in the North of England, we would call 'a right soft lump'! I think she's going to fit right in.

Her first day....


  1. I have been looking forward to hearing about how the first day went. It sounds like things couldn't have gone better! I'm so happy that she's such a good fit for you. It pays off to wait for just the right cat!

  2. We are so excited that you finally have your girl at home. She seems a real lovie, and I know she is going to have a fabulous life with you. What a great mum you are to her already - she looks super contented.

    Big purrs and hugs.

    Julie and Poppy Q

  3. Oh, yeah, she's home. LOL! Sometimes it just happens that way, and since there are no other animals in the house, there shouldn't be any problems.

    *Happy dance*!!!!

  4. She is a beauty!...Sounds like your baby picked the perfect parents; so glad to hear she fit in immediately and is so affectionate=good for you!...Can't wait to find out her name and get to know her better!...xo...Calle, Halle, Sukki

  5. We are very happy for all of you! She is beautious and looks very happy. You are going to have so much fun together, we can't wait to see how it all unfolds.
    Give her a scritch from all of us.

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  7. Caroline she is adorable! And we can tell from the pictures that she is very happy to be in her new forever home! And know, we are all here if you have any questions - and be sure to check out the cat blogosphere because there are a lot of cat bloggers out there ready to help if you need it. We can't wait to find out what name you decide on!

  8. OH CONCATS TO YOU ALL!!! She is gorgeous!