Monday, 29 April 2013

Lucky Black Cat

So I thought some of you might be interested in seeing how Figgy is getting on in her new home! I didn't manage to include many pictures of her in my original post since she was so nervous and spent most of her time hiding behind the sofa! We've now had her for a whole month (it feels like longer) and she is a completely different cat to the one we bought home a month ago.


I say cat, but Figgy is completely convinced that she's a dog. She spends half of her time carrying random objects around in her mouth (mainly pens and toys) and chewing things. We've had to start unplugging everything just in case she chews through a live wire. She particularly likes to chew the wire on my GHDs, which is a bit worrying! She also thumps her tail when she's happy (she purrs at the same time) which is something I've never witnessed from a cat before!

The good news is that she isn't hiding at all now. When she gets scared now she'll run upstairs and into my room instead of behind the sofa, and if there's somebody she doesn't know in the house, she'll only go downstairs if I go down first. She's incredibly fussy though, everybody who has been to my house has fallen in love with her!

The sad news is that she has so obviously been abused in her last home. If I catch her doing something naughty (like trying to drink my tea out of my mug for instance) she'll lower herself to the floor and whine, and when I tried to step over her the other day she thought I was going to kick her. The thought that anybody could ever be cruel to her breaks my heart, but at the same time I'm glad that she's safe with us now. I still miss Thomasina every single day, but it's comforting to know that we've given Figgy a second chance at life and an opportunity for her to be happy and loved instead of scared and alone.

She really is a lovely cat and is coming out of her shell a lot now. She's very vocal and lets you know exactly what she wants when she wants it, and has the cutest and most innocent looking face! She's extremely playful and mischievous and loves cat toys. When she wants to play she goes behind the sofa and drags her toys out into the middle of the rug, which is just the sweetest thing! It's nice to see her developing a personality.

The other good news (I think?) is that she loves the garden. She is only allowed out into our little garden at the moment, we're trying to get her used to her surroundings and build her confidence a bit before we completely let her loose. She did manage to sneak out once and went wandering for an hour, but she came back. I'm a bit concerned that Figgy is too friendly...the majority of my neighbours are lovely (Thomasina used to go into my next door neighbours house for chicken and fuss and we didn't even know about it), but I don't trust some of the kids on our road. Figgy is the kind of cat that thinks everybody is her friend, and I'm worried that someone will take advantage of that and hurt her. I'm still hoping that she's more of a house and garden cat!

We've still got a few kinks to work out. She doesn't know how to use the cat flap for instance (she'll go through if I hold it open but not when it's closed) but aside from that she has been absolutely perfect! It's great to see her learning to trust us.

I hope you're all having a great week!

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  1. What a lovely story! Made me well up to think that she was abused in her last home, some people are just horrible :( So nice to see her doing well and enjoying herself! xxx

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    1. I hope that the people/person who abused her gets what they deserve. It breaks my heart to think that anybody could ever be cruel to animals. It's wonderful to see her recover from it and watching her to learn to be happy is just priceless!

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  2. I'm so glad she has a safe home now. Happy to hear she is opening up and having some fun. She looks beautiful against the red carpet!

    When I got Wolfgang he had never been outdoors. And since I live in an apartment I've just let him roam on the balcony a few times. I'll have a cup of tea or a cocktail and he'll sit outside with me.

    Good luck with the cat flap training. I was thinking maybe you could put a treat on the other side and get her to go through, but then it wouldn't be good if she always went through the flap expecting a treat.

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    1. Thank you, her fur is so gorgeous! She's a semi-long haired cat so it's so soft and lovely!

      Figgy was a stray so she spent all her time outdoors, so I don't think I'd be able to keep her inside! Thomasina actually preferred to stay inside. She loved the garden when it was sunny but aside from that she liked to stay inside in the warm!

      Thank you! I've tried her with treats, but we've not yet found any that she likes enough to attempt the cat flap to get to them! We're going to prop the flap open and gradually lower it and see if she figures it out. At the moment she just stands and cries at the door for me to open it.

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  3. What a pleasure to read of how well Figgy is settling into her lovely new home. :-) Over the years we've had 3 cats from rescue homes (the first passed away from old age, the 2nd from complications due to being the tiniest of her litter) and we know that at least one had been ill-treated. But we also know that we've given them a happy, loving home like the one you've given gorgeous little Figgy. :-) I love seeing her latest photos!

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    1. I'm sorry to hear about your other cats! Giving abused cats a loving home is so fulfilling and watching them learn to love you and trust you is beyond words. Thank you, I'm glad you like seeing her pictures! I never know if I post too many of them but I can't resist it!

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    2. There's no such thing as too many photos of Figgy, she's beautiful. :-)

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  4. I know what you mean about not trusting the kids in your neighbourhood. There are little kids a few doors down and while Trenty (black cat named named after Trent Reznor from NIN) will run away when he hears noise, the kids throw dirt and rocks sometimes. I dread to think if they threw any in Trenty's direction, I'd go ballistic.

    I'm sure Figgy will be fine, she'll learn to toughen up a bit when she goes out. Plus cats can run and jump pretty quickly and bite too!

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    1. Haha, several of my friends are NIN fans so they'd definitely approve! Figgy would have a panic attack if someone threw something at her. I'm really hoping she stays in our garden and doesn't venture onto the front.

      I hope so! And that's very true!

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