Well just thought I would update you on how today went !
We went to the rescue centre and saw the kitties ! Claude in particular who is HUGE seemed to like us and loved being stroked !
So we decided that he was the cat for us.
We found out that he was found as a stray, but then was rehomed for 10 weeks before the new owner returned him as she said he was fighting with neighbouring cats.
Anyways, was was put into the pen and wanted to play with a few of the other cats so was put alone, a few days later back with the others and fine every since, being a big cat, seems like he wants to be boss !
He is around 1 - 2 years old and I would say quite a large and heavy cat, not far but very very strong !
We brought him home and he is settling in well, used litter tray ate some food (seems to love food) !
Couple of incidents, which I am sure are normal, he tried to bite the laptop wire so I tried to move him and he bit me, quite a hard bite, then was fine, more strokes, he loves nuzzling.
Then later my daughter was stroking him but he rolled onto his back and she put her hand to stroke his tum and he bit her hand, and broke the skin.
I have explained to her that some cats do not like their tum stroked (or old cat didn't) and she is ok, again went straight back to being loving and wanting to sit on us ! And of course as he is a large cat, he has quite a bite.
Any ideas how to make sure this isn't a regular occurance, other that making sure no tummy stroking ! Altho ears and head are fine - he loves to nuzzle his head on every part of us !
This is the funniest tho, we have windows with 2 smaller windows at the top and the dining room one was open, we couldn't find him, and all of a sudden my mum in law shouted there's his bum ! And he has jumped on windowsill, onto the ledge and jumped to sill on other side........I went outside and found he was stretched out, enjoying the sun !!!! He is going to love the outdoors, but we need to keep him inside for a little while until he gets used to us !
He is currently on daughters bed, having a snooze, enjoying being looked after ! I have tried adding pics but they are too large but I will sort this out !
I would appreciate any advice about the little biting incidents as on the whole he is a lovely cat with a very loving personality, it may be normal for cats from rescues to behave a little oddly at first, from his nature I would say he was from a loving home and perhaps got lost and hence why found as a stray !
As for his name.............well the rescue called him Claude so he wasn't too used to it and the lady said new home, new name.............and because he seems to like his food and we are a fan, we named him after our fav chef - so HESTON he is !