So, the cats are at home, and slowly settling in. Rupert was first out of the cat basket, and had no hesitation in setting off to explore his new home. In fact, he’s already of the opinion that the downstairs in under control and he’d like to see what else in on offer. I’m sitting on the sofa now, and he’s curled up next to me seeming quite content.
Rein and Stogholo will take somewhat longer to adjust. Rein is currently hiding under the sofa and Stogholo in a small space between the fridge and the wall. Rein was fairly quick to venture out and explore, but Stogholo is extremely nervous and waited quite a while before leaving the travelling basket. He has taken a small tour of the room, although he walked in a crouch, flattening himself almost to the ground in the hope that no-one would see him.
So far the cats don’t seem to have any problems with each other. Rein seems quite keen to play with Rupert, who is far more interested in exploring than making friends. Still there’s been no fighting or growling yet. All three cats managed to come together in one small space whilst they explored the cupboard under the stairs, but Rupert (who seems to have a head for heights) put paid to that by trying to climb up on to the shelves. The result – half the contents of the shelf were flung to the floor and all three cats came flying out in shock. The kittens haven’t yet emerged again!
The names, by the way, are those given to them by the animal shelter. Rupert is already so firmly fixed in my head that I won’t change it. Rein and Stogholo will be renamed, although I haven’t picked their new names yet.
However much I wanted a lie-in this morning, I had something more important to do. So at 9am, as soon as it opened, I was at the pet shop, to buy a litter tray and some cat baskets…
At 9.30, Ruben arrived, to take me to the animal sanctuary in Rijswijk, whose website I’ve been perusing in search for a cat or, preferably, two. After some difficulty, and help from a passing dog walker, we managed to find the sanctuary which is in the middle of a park, and not particularly obvious.
They have two rooms of cats, with both cats in cages and also running loose around the room. As soon as I walked in, I realized that trying to make any choice based on preferences I had from the website photos was useless.
Rupert leapt out at me (not literally!) as soon as I walked up to his cage. A sleek brown tabby, he came right up to the front of the cage and rubbed against my fingers. Bringing him out of the cage, he was comfortable being held and purred happily. It didn’t take me long to decide that Rupert would be coming home with me. Finding a companion for him was a challenge though. Both a friendly black and white cat, and a ginger tom had to be ruled out as neither were happy with other cats.
In the second room, some younger cats caught my eye. I fell for a beautiful grey tabby, but it was quickly clear that he was going to be taken by someone else. In the cage next to him were two black and white cats… Rein and Stogholo. Rein is white and black, and was very friendly and playful, trying to catch my hand through the bars of the cage. Stogholo was more aloof, keeping to the back of the cage, watching. The more I watched, the more I felt they belonged with me…. but I hadn’t planned on taking 3 cats home with me! After some consultation, we decided that the two kittens would fit together in one basket, leaving the other for Rupert.