Meet our new family member Beau.
|First time out in the big bad world|
We found Beau by chance when searching online for local animal shelters. We spotted a link to the Gumtree with an urgent appeal from his old owners to find their beloved Beau a 3 year old female flat cat a new home. Her old owner Gem was pregnant and she and her partner were being forced to move to a larger property which unfortunately didn't allow pets, she desperately wanted to find a good home for her rather than giving her to a rescue shelter. We ummed and erred, unsure if we would be doing the right thing, but after talking to her lovely owners we agreed we would give Beau a new home.
We picked Beau up nearly a month ago now and I can't say that it has been the easiest of transitions. Firstly we found out that Beau was not a girl cat! Oh no, She is well and truly a He cat. An unuttered, he at that! Embarrassing vet consultation that was I can tell you, I must confess due to his territorial nature, I'd not got close enough to him to see when we told his old owners they were mighty shocked too!
|One chilled out Cat!|
The effect of the very expensive but worth every penny Feliway room spray
Where before, Beau had been a 3rd floor flat cat (in Chelsea no less) with no access to the outside world and importantly way out of smelling distance of other cats. He suddenly from our ground floor windows, could see a garden patrolled by the areas finest felines and this sent his feisty un-neutered mind and body a little potty, to say the least.
So the last few weeks have been quite stressful, it has been like living with a very bossy, grumpy, hissy teenager who constantly howls, paces around, spraying on everything in sight and then wants to eat, but not the food you've given him, oh no the packets of (the same) cat food which he steals out of the cupboard, are soo much tastier, even if you have to bite through the plastic first!
But thankfully since his neutering and then finally being allowed to venture out in the big bad world (for the first time in his life, awah) he has calmed down loads and is getting increasingly friendly! Almost living up to his 'Beautiful' name in nature as well as looks...
|Just in case you thought he was all sleepy fluff and cuddles :)|
So we still have a way to go, especially as he has now waged a war of terror on my sewing machine, (what to do?) But he's now firmly a family member who we love to bits, and wouldn't be without. We both agree he has certainly been worth the effort and the blood loss ;)