Last week, after loads and loads of working on Dee, she finally gave in and allowed us to get a third cat. We looked at kittens at a local neutering centre, but decided the risk was too high of the possibility of feline HIV as their cats and kittens were all feral ones or semi feral.
I decided to check a site I had followed on Facebook for a while. Helping Pets North East. I checked their site but could not see a suitable candidate. I decided to ring them for a chat. They were lovely on the phone and really informative. Helping Pets take in ‘at risk’ pets, many of whom are being given away ‘free to a good home’, or animals that the owners request us to take in as they feel they can no longer care for them. They may also take in a stray animal and try to locate its owner before putting it up for adoption. While on the phone, Kirsty, the woman who runs Helping Pets, told me of a male kitten called Franklin who was currently with a foster home and is looking for a forever home. She sent a few photos of Franklin to check out.
I couldn’t resist it. The facial markings just sold him to me. I sent them to Dee, and showed them to Gee, both of which really like him just from the photos.
The next step was to for a home visit by Kirsty to make sure we and our home was suitable for adopting a cat. That went fine, as expected. We then spoke to the fosterer, who coincidentally turned out to be one of our vets. She told us all about Franklin. Telling us how he is so full of energy and into everything. He also likes to chatter to himself. Sort of little chirps and meows. He also has a very loud purr and is very confident, so much so he won round a cat hating dog at the foster home within a week.
The next day, we picked little Franklin up, and straight away, he took to Gee, which was lovely to see. We brought him home, complete with his favourite toys from the fosterer. Once home, he settled in instantly. He didn’t hide away or look scared at all. He even went straight up to Molly and Costa to make friends, although they were not as keen. A little bit of hissing and growling from them, but no attacking. The only concern we had, was that he pants like a dog when he has been playing a lot. We checked with the fosterer who confirmed that they noticed this and they had given him a full medical and there was no problems with him. No cardiac problems or heart murmurs etc. It normally only lasts a few minutes then eases off. We will keep an eye on that, but the fosterer ( vet ) is not worried at all.
Since then he has settled right in. Costa and Molly are even getting used to him. There’s less and less hissing each day. When it does happen, its just because Franklin has rush up to them or looks like he wants to chase them.
Today, Franklin went for his first injection. No problems at all. He even made a few human friends at the vets.
Having Franklin in the house is like having a furry whirlwind rushing around. Once he has had a sleep he loves to rush round the house and drag his fish toys around, which looks really funny. He even likes to play fetch sometimes. We thrown one of his fish toys and he runs after it and brings it back.
For all you cat people out there, here are some photos for you to go awwwwww too.