Nando

Our first kitten! He came to us as Aly, but left as Nando. At only seven weeks old, Nando was a tiny little bundle of clumsiness, who craved attention until he wore himself out, then would curl up as close to my neck as possible and fall asleep.

He was absolutely adorable, and it was great watching him expore his exciting new surroundings and build his strength up over the two weeks he was with us for.

Somewhat annoyingly, Nando developed the habit of climbing people, and every morning, as I was brushing my teeth / applying my makeup / making my breakfast, he would launch himself up my leg, past my hip, up my arm and onto my shoulder, and there he would stay until I’d finished what I was doing, and carefully return him to the safety of the floor.

Nando was in good health, and only needed us to feed him up and give him lots of attention, so as soon as he was old enough, he was on his way to be rehomed.

Nando

Lx

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Ginger

After a successful three months of Blackie and Ginger living with us, going back to the Cats Protection and staying in a pen together proved to be too stressful for both cats, so after a trial separation at the centre, it was decided that Blackie and Ginger would be rehomed separately.

Unfortunately, Ginger had reacted badly to the stress of change, and had over-groomed his ear, which required medical attention and some stress free time to get over his stress-induced diarrhoea, so he came back to stay with us for a couple of weeks.

Ginger was noticably perkier, and more confident, and of course having stayed with us for a long time already, he settled back in very quickly. As soon as his ear had healed up, and after a trip to the vet for a checkup, he was deemed ready for rehoming, and so went back to the Cats Protection. He was rehomed shortly after!

Ginger

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Geegee

Geegee came to us on 22/04/2011, and immediately settled in. Probably the friendliest cat we’ve had so far, he was keen to sit on the sofa with us and loved jumping on the bed for a cuddle before we went to sleep. He didn’t require meds, just a bit of extra attention before there was space at Cats Protection for him to be rehomed.

Geegee was with us for only a couple of weeks before going back to Cats Protection to be rehomed.

Geegee

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Blackie and Ginger

Next up were sibling cats Blackie and Ginger, who were with us from 18/01/2011 to 13/04/2011.

Both cats came to us very scared and anti-social; Blackie hid in her litter tray for a solid three days, until she realised we weren’t a threat and as givers of food and changers of litter, could probably be trusted.

Ginger, however, took a lot longer, and would hide constantly in an inaccessible nook behind the TV, only coming out to eat or poop when we were at work or in bed.

After about two weeks, Ginger got a bit braver, and would scurry around in a mild panic when we were at home – after much persuasion, he allowed us to stroke him and he even dared to sit on the arm of the sofa next to us.

The reason the two cats were unable to be rehomed was Blackie’s hyperthyroidism, which required daily tablets until she was ready for an operation. Only having helped administer pills to a cat before, this was a bit daunting, but soon became routine. Eventually, Blackie was ready to have her operation to remove the thyroid in her throat, which would stabilise her hormones and allow her to have a fairly normal life.

Blackie finally had her operation on 5th April. She was a frantic sorry state after the operation, and required constant attention that evening, especially as her front legs remained numb for hours after. She looked like a zombie for a good week after the operation, but she quickly showed signs of recovery, and both cats were taken back to Cats Protection a week later ready to be rehomed.

Blackie and Ginger

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Ruby

First cat we fostered was a pretty 8 month old male kitten called Ruby, who was with us from 13/01/2011 to 17/01/2011. On arrival, Ruby was a bit nervous, as was I, as he was our first foster cat. Once Ruby got used to us, he was very sociable, and enjoyed the attention, though didn’t take to sitting on our laps.

Although Ruby was only with us for an extended weekend, I got very upset handing him back to Cats Protection. I wondered if I was a suitable candidate for fostering, with me getting so attached, but apparently it’s normal to get attached to the first one.

Ruby was adopted very quickly, which was very unsurprising. Lovely cat.

Ruby

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Cat Fosterer

Hi, my name is Louise and I am a regular cat fosterer for the Archway branch of Cats Protection.

I’m putting a blog together so that cat lovers / fellow fosterers / potential cat owners can read about the hard work that Cats Protection do daily to ensure cats and kittens are brought round to full health and ready to be rehomed into a new loving family, as well as my personal experience of assisting Cats Protection in the rehoming process.

Louise x

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