I have found a new furry girl to join the boys – meet Eleanor (Ellie). Ellie is a tripod – she had been caught in a trap, taken to my vets and had an article in the local paper to try to find her owner – see link http://www.shropshirestar.com/news/2013/07/29/cat-cheats-death-after-being-snared-in-trap/
. Her previous owner never came forward (hmmm) so I went to visit her a couple of times. I had to wait for her spay to be done but she came home with me on Friday 13 September, complete with buster collar (she’s a stitch nibbler and had previously managed to unpick her amputation stitches).
Compared to the boys she is so tiny (although I understand a lot bigger than she was when first found). Her missing leg doesn’t bother or limit her, her size means she’ll be able to get into spaces the boys can’t (I expect to find out what these are in time!) and she has bundles of energy. The vets reckon she’s about 12-15 months old and semi-long haired – hard to tell when she’s got so many baldy bits from her ops and general fur clipping around her back legs and tail to remove maggots (yuk). She went back to the vets last Friday for her spay check – yay, collar off and weight gain since her spay – plus her first vaccinations and will be back in three weeks for second vaccs and another weight check.
So far the boys aren’t that impressed with the alien in the cage – particularly when Ellie had the collar on as she’d bang about in her cage like a prisoner rattling a tin cup along the bars. It’s still (very) early days on the integration front – they have seen each other and scent swapping is in progress. James, I think, is mortified at the prospect of sharing lap time with another cat and is pretending she’s not there whereas Christopher is intrigued, although Ellie did come out with some fairly fruity hissing when she spotted him.
here are some to be getting on with . . .