You know, I have heard so many excuses (lies) from people when they hand their pets over for rehoming....I wasn't there when Figaro was picked up, but the dates the owner was leaving, I believe they changed a lot - at one stage the day I adopted him was the day owner was supposed to be leaving - yet I had offered him a home the week before - owner failed to return the initial call and the last I heard, owner wasn't emigrating but rather going abroad for a year or so. I don't know. I wonder if this was less about moving and more about Figgy getting old, getting grumpy and being very vocal.....
HA! I hope they get shoved aside when they are old and crotchety and no one wants them around......
Ever since we rehomed a tiny black and white kitten to a woman who bought him back a fortnight later and asked to exchange him for a ginger one, like he was a pair of shoes and she'd changed her mind about colour.......I've kind of given up on people.
I actually had a falling out with a good friend from high school over this sort of thing. They must have returned two or three dogs before they found the one that was 'just right'
Anyway, good, good news from Mr Figgy-Nose! And time for everyone here to say 'I told you so' He has decided he likes it here and he's going to stay. He and Phillip are making friends of each other, and the spitting has stopped, to be replaced by growls (a paw in the right direction, I think). I went out yesterday afternoon/evening and left Figlet on the radiator cushion, spent a lot of time worrying about that decision and if I would be coming home to a bloodbath - when I came home he was in the kitchen waiting for dinner to be served....with the rest of the family! He's already snuck in and grabbed a piece of my heart I love him......
Photos, a little later, of the little ol' man and his new catnip mousie.....
So glad the little guy is coming around...........he may find that he likes being around a bunch of cats after all!
Yay for Figgy! I guess your crew has convinced him that you do not eat kitties for dinner, but actully fix some pretty tasty grub for them.
I would try to convince myself that Figgy's former person was trying to do the best thing for Figgy. At 17, a move to another country could have been pretty dangerous for the old man, even if it was just temporary. Some people would have just put him down instead of trying to find him a new home. Not many people would be willing to take in a senior cat.
We need more pictures please, even if it is just Figgy Nose toasting his buns on the radiator.
So happy for Figgy! I'm a complete sucker for kittens (I spend half the day on IBKC lol), but the the old men and grey ladies have a special place in my heart--in your tribe I quickly fell for Clarins and I felt a pang when he passed over the Bridge. But he sent you another growly, grumpy old guy to show the young ones how to be proper cats! This makes my heart smile
I'm so happy to read about his progress, which is quick, if you think about the huge change in his life. We've adopted dogs who were abused and/or abandoned and the fact that most of the cats and dogs can ever love or trust a human again tells me they have more ability to forgive than humans do. Really, I cry when I think of our dogs being left in an empty apartment, in a junk car, etc. Some are forever stuck to our sides, not wanting to lose sight of us, and I understand that.
Continued best wishes to your kitteh family, clevercat, and you are indeed clever!
So it's official - I have fallen in with Mr figgy-Nose.
This morning, I had to clean his eye (he has a mild infection) and he was rolling around on his back, paws waving....le sigh....He isn't at the purry happy stage yet, but I think he is growing more content by the day.
A day in the life of.....
0100 Wake Mum up, wailing like a banshee
0215 - 0600 - repeat as above (although this is getting better as each evening passes)
0600 Breakfast - hurrah! Figgy loves his food - I was told he had a sensitive tummy, but he is ignoring vet food in favour of teh gushy stinky Felix food
0615 - 1300 sleep and birdwatching on the radiator cushion
1300 - snack time, hurrah!
1310 - 1800 nap time
1800 - dinner time - hurrah!
1815 - bedtime - nap next to my new person, ignore all the other cats......
Time for another picture....I know it's just a variation of Figgy sleepin' on teh cushion, but he doesn't do anything else!
Well really why would he want to sleep anywhere other than a warm comfy place? Our old man can often be found sitting on top of a heater vent, and the other two have found a place in a doorway that gets some strange source of heat and they try to squish themselves in there together to suck up as much heat as they can. Then of course there is always laying on a human body to be warm as well.