I fell in love with an alley cat.
His name is Leo and I fell in love the moment I laid eyes on him, exactly a month ago on the 8th April.
I didn’t think I could adopt another cat after Fluffy passed away.
The story goes, Fluffy was an elderly, stray cat who very quickly became my absolute world. I know people always say this about their cats but seriously, she was awesome -the most gentle and affectionate cat I have ever met.
The tragedy about Fluffy was, she was a long-term stray and came with lot of health issues and sensitivities. Towards the end of her life she started having seizures and one day she had a very drawn out episode and didn’t recover. She was completely changed, lifeless, like a different cat. She no longer recognised me, as if her soul was missing.
The whole thing was so traumatic. I miss her so much and I still weep when I think of her.
Anyways, I was in two minds about adopting another cat (mainly because I can’t cope when I lose them) but I started following a few local cat rescue charities on Facebook.
One day, someone posted a picture of Leo describing how they just rescued him from the other side of town.
For some reason I just fell in love with him and knew that I had to adopt him.
Absolutely devastated at the sight of him and the state he was in I contacted the charity immediately.
The story about his past is utterly heart breaking. He was abandoned a number of years ago and was living in an alley. Now and again the residents would feed him but left him homeless – and apparently he was bullied and beaten up by other cats in the neighbourhood. He became so poorly that a concerned resident contacted the charity and he was rescued.
I’ll never forget the first time I met him in person.
His foster mummy opened his cage door, I put my head inside and he stood up and rubbed his face all over my face. I picked him up to hug him and he hugged me back.
His foster mummy broke down in tears. She said that he isn’t normally like this and hisses at people. I gave her a cuddle and cried a bit too.
This was so fated.
I’m looking over at him now as he sleeps beside me on the other end of the couch. He looks so content and cosy right now. I put the heating on so the living room is extra cosy and warm for him.
I’m sending regular pics and videos to his foster mummy as she found it very difficult to let him go.
Again, I know that all cat owners will say this – but this little man is definitely a special cat.
He’s still nervous in his new surroundings but already I would say he is “the boss of me” and after he has settled in, he will have the other housemates running after him too.
So that’s how I fell in love with an alley cat.
(other news: I still haven’t built the IKEA furniture or done the gardening.)