Or maybe it's because the first thing she asks each morning is if she can go downstairs and feed him. She even attempted to change his litter tray once but we won't speak of that.
Can you believe he was dumped on a doorstep? We adopted him through the Cats Protection League. Mr had been worn down by the kids begging for a kitten and then finding a dead mouse festering in the oven after a holiday was the tipping point (that smell will haunt me for eternity, it was even worse than the holiday where we forgot to put the waste food bin outside and came home to find the kitchen floor teaming with maggots).
After going to a local rehoming day and ooing and ahhing at the cute cats and kittens I signed up for a home visit. A week later the volunteer house-checker arrived and I answered the door looking like something out of 28 Days Later thanks to E sharing conjunctivitis with me. After explaining that I don't usually look like this (and not mentioning that my house is never usually as tidy as this) the paper work was completed and a few days before Christmas we had a call about a kitten they thought would be good with the kids, so we went to visit him at his foster mum's house. The kids loved him and he didn't run away from them as most cats do so we took him home the same day! I was totally unprepared (conjunctivitis had been replaced by flu) and had to borrow a cat basket from a neighbour, use an old tray from the garden as a litter tray and run round to the shop to buy cat litter and food.
We've only had him two months but it feels like he's been here for ages. We don't know how old he is (they guessed three to four months when we got him) or where he came from, but he was found with another, younger black and white kitten who was from a different litter. And we kept the old-man name that his foster-mum had given him, it just stuck and suits him.
K's kitten portrait
Cats Protection was such a good experience. The adoption fee we paid covered microchipping, de-fleaing, worming and two sets of vaccinations. One of the conditions of adopting is that you agree to have the cat neutered... ours is booked in for next week.
Their website has a "Find a Cat' section, a kind of Tinder for felines! They also have a surprisingly good online gift shop. I've picked out some of my favourite things. You know in case anyone needs any present ideas for me, what with Mothers day coming up and everything...
Clockwise from top left: Sailor cat mug, Bunny paperclip holder, Blue Tit cushion, Tiger beaker