Everyone, I would like you to meet my new fur baby; Lola ❤
For a bit of context, let’s give you all the background as to how we ended up with this gorgeous bundle of fluff.
Chris and I moved into out own place last October, after having rented for what felt like forever long. One of the main reasons we were both so eager to get our own place was to be able to finally have pets. We would both call ourselves dog people; I have only ever grown up with dogs, and Chris has had both cats and dogs. Whenever we talked about pets, we always talked about what dog breed we would like.
But as time went past and the major work to the house was completed (central heating installed, carpets fitted, etc, etc…), we made no move to find a dog. For one very, very important reason.
We both work full time.
It simply wouldn’t be fair to expect a pack animal like a dog to spend 8-9 hours a day, 5 days a week, alone by itself. As much as I would have loved to have a little woofer running around, that just didn’t sit well on my conscience.
It was becoming more and more apparent, however, that no pet was not an option. The place just felt too quiet without 4 paws running around. So the conversation moved to “well, what about a cat?”
And to cut a long story short – *tah dah!* Lola appears as if by maaagggiiccc (ghost and ghouly sounds here)
We adopted Lola from our local RSPCA cattery. She was the very last cat we were introduced to, and as the volunteer was telling us a bit more about her, I knew then and there she was coming home with us.
Lola is a 7 year old black cat that had been part of a loving family home all her life, so no nasty backstory, thankfully; the sad gist of the story is the family had another child that ended up being allergic to her, so could no longer keep her.
What tugged at my heart strings was when we were told she wasn’t coping very well in the cattery. It was probably a combination of missing her old family, and being confined in a small space that she wasn’t used to, but the man told us that she wasn’t showing herself off in the best light, so no-one was showing any interest in her, and she was then their longest resident. When we saw her, she hid in corners and was extremely shy. But we persevered, and when she let us stroke her, she had the loudest purr I have ever heard! And she dribbled… a lot! The little derp 😛
The adoption process was really quick. We had a house visit to make sure all was ok, and we were able to bring her home in the next few days. She’s now been here 3 weeks or so, and is settling well!
I must admit, I was really nervous about getting a cat, I think just through fear of the unknown. I didn’t know how much work a cat would be, and through memes and things you see online, I was under the impression she would just be kind of aloof and independent and do her own thing.
How wrong was I?!
I would say that Lola is just as affectionate, if not more than, my 2 labradors! As loyal and loving and cuddly as they both are, those food hoovers only really cuddle up to you when they want what you are eating.
Lola just loves to cuddle! Full stop! Head rubs and chin scratches on demand.
And don’t get me started on playful! Look at those saucer sized eyes! Wiggly toes, beware…
I hope you have enjoyed meeting our newest family addition 🙂 She is sitting next to me on her favourite window sill, staring out the window as I type this hahaha. I hope this post gives you a bit of food for thought if you haven’t already got pets of your own and are wondering which way to turn.
Or feel free to share your own pet stories in the comments below!
Until next time,