I adopted a cat in January. Her name is Smudge, she's nine years old and she's an absolute beauty!
I visited the Cambridge Blue Cross in the first week of the year after spending a few months trawling their website looking for the perfect companion. I didn't have much luck on the website, though there were of course some lovely cats featured. As I currently live in a small house without suitable outdoor space or a cat flap, I knew that I could only adopt an indoor cat, which seriously limited my choice. So anyway, that Saturday, I popped into the shelter, hoping but not too confident that I'd find 'the one'.
Well, guess how happy I was to meet Smudge! She had only been in there a week, looked gorgeous in her pure white coat and was very happy to be indoors. She was moody and aloof when I visited her, but I was still besotted. After a few treats, she deigned to come out of hiding and quickly say hi. And that was that! Forms were filled out, arrangements were made, a large amount of cat equipment (house, litter box, scratching post, food, toys, etc.) was bought and a week later, there was a cat in my house!
I've never introduced a cat to a new home before and was quite anxious about it, especially considering that my house is mostly open plan so I couldn't welcome her one room at a time. However, I had absolutely nothing to worry about with Smudge! While I expected her to be shy and stay in her carrier for a few hours, she was out and exploring the house the minute I opened the door. She was upstairs within a half hour, and settled herself on my laundry box for the rest of the afternoon.
And so it's been since January 17th. She was timid of my first few visitors, but now takes every new person in her stride and sits on their lap at her first opportunity. As long as they'll pet her... but only where and when she wants. She steals treats out of her toy box the minute I'm not looking. She chases her laser toy with a passion. And she's even venturing outside occasionally, but only around my small garden. She's quick to run inside at the smallest sound though!
She makes me so happy! She cuddles up to me every evening and at night. She sits on me in the morning, waiting (somewhat) patiently for me to wake up and feed her. I've never met a cat with such a personality, and am loving learning about her and how to make her happy.
Welcome to the family, Smudge, and to this fun new adventure!