Did we find our kittens sister?

So in my last blog I wrote about finding Scoby, (Sounds like Toby) our wee black and white kitten that my Mum and Dad found when they were walking through the field behind our house. Our Adopted Kitten

So within a couple of days of finding Scoby, we suddenly saw another kitten outside our garden! It was black and white, just like our kitten, and it was running around the garden and generally it looked in much better condition. We weren’t able to catch it so my Mum would leave food outside so that it could eat.

Everyday we would see it roaming around the garden, going into bushes, and I saw it playing with leaves another time.

During the couple of weeks, my Mum slowly gained it’s confidence and it got to the point where my Mum could sit and the kitten would go up to her and purr. As soon as my Mum moved though it was run away, but then one day my Mum quickly gave it a pet!

Soon after that my Mum could pick it up and I was able to see it up close. She was pretty sure it was a girl because it had a more girly face and it was small. So we decided that we would keep it with myself and my husband that night in the bathroom with food and water, and the next day we would bring it to the vet. It’s belly was really swollen and we didn’t want to bring her near Scoby in case she had a disease.

So Mum brought her and she was fine. She had worms so the vet gave us tablets to give, and slowly her belly is going down.

We are thinking that Scoby is her brother, because they are both black and white, they are of similar age, and as soon as we found Scoby we saw her a few days later! What’s funny is that when my Mum was at the Vet, she met our neighbour, who incidentally had brought in a black and white kitten that she had just found!

What’s even funnier, is that when the Receptionist said to our neighbour “What’s the name of the kitten?”

“Lola”

Our kitten was ALSO called Lola!

My Mum said “Lola??? My kitten is also a Lola!”

So that was such a coincidence! I’m sure that the 3 kittens were dumped all together and they just managed to make it to the houses at the other side of the field.

We thought “Oh this is great Scoby can meet his sister and they can play again! “

Wrong. We have learned that Lola is completely different to Scoby, and that she likes nothing more but sleeping…. and sleeping… and sleeping some more.

Scoby on the other hand loves playing and he’s really affectionate (but only when he wants to be). So when they meet all Scoby wants to do is get a reaction out of her, and because of his hormones he just goes crazy when he knows she is near. (He’s visiting the vet next week for the snip) So unfortunately they just don’t get along and we have had to keep Lola with myself and my husband in the mobile.

Because Lola didn’t really learn social skills, she’s not affectionate at all really, she doesn’t play much at all (only when I encourage her), she never miaows unless she’s hungry, and she’s quite happy to just be on her own. I think she is getting better with wanting to play though.

Scoby miaows when he’s hungry, wants to play and when he wants attention, so he’s a lot more vocal!

But Lola can have her cute moments too, especially when she is playing. Her furr is fluffy while his is shiny and silky, and she is half the size of Scoby! When they were together, we realised how small she is! I think maybe she was the runt of the group, or maybe she didn’t develop properly when she was outside.

Oh, and something new that I found, Lola has cat acne! I never knew it existed but there you go. I always thought it was just dirt but no, it’s acne.

It’s nice having Lola here with us, and right now I’m in the mobile a lot because I’m having classes online, so I’m here everyday by myself. She keeps me company.

She’s still skittish though and she definitely isn’t used to the boys, or other people at all really. She’s used to me and my Husband but even sometimes she’s skittish with us.

Hopefully after Scoby has his surgery (and she will have hers too) they might get along better! I want to get a cute photo of the two of them together!

Aisling

Our Adopted Kitten

We have a new addition to the family! My Mam and Dad found a wee kitten while they were walking in a field behind our house, and I think he has settled in great!

However it didn’t have a good start in life. The poor thing was found in an awful state, and it was in such a bad a state that when it heard my parents walking by, it creeped out and started meowing. My Mum walked over to it and it ran away, but it quickly came back, so Mum picked it up and held it in her arms. That shows how desperate it must have been! Myself and my husband were in town so we were very surprised when we saw this scrawny kitten on my Dad’s lap.

The day we found him

The poor thing just kept meowing when it was put down and all it did was sleep and it ate a little. We could also feel all it’s bones so it must have been out there for a while. What’s worse is that when it went to the toilet, we could see straw in his faeces. The poor thing was that hungry that it was eating straw! We decided to bring it to the vets the next Monday to see how they could help him.

After we bathed him

The vet said that they would keep him for about 2 hours to see what problems it had, so I left the vets empty-handed!

After a few hours I became a little concerned because it was more than 2 hours, but finally they rang! They told me the poor thing has:

-A broken jaw.

-An abscess on his bum and paw.

-The skin around his lip has been torn.

I knew his lip was torn but I didn’t think he had a broken jaw! Although he was struggling, he ate some food that we gave him! She asked me if we wanted to go ahead and pay for the surgery and all that, and I replied that I would talk to the family. Myself, my husband and my Mum and Dad decided that we would split all the bills so that we could pay for the operation and his stay in the vets. We felt so sorry for him we just couldn’t leave him!

After his stay we picked him up and he was a new kitten! He was a bit anxious at first but then he calmed down and got used to his surroundings.

Just back from the vets

He got blue stitches on his bottom and in his jaw so he looked like a vampire kitten for a while, but he looked fantastic. He was now playing, exploring and acting like a kitten!

Living the dream

As you can see from the last picture, he has his ‘fang’ stitches out and he is just loving life! He loves his cuddles (when he wants them), and he loves playing and also ruining all my clothes with his claws. He can be so friendly and gentle and the next minute he will be running around the sitting room like an eejit!

His name is Scoby, no not Scooby. Scoby, like Toby (We actually had a dog called Toby once), and at the beginning I really wasn’t fussed on the name. We all had different names for him:

I wanted ‘Tiger’

My husband wanted ‘Oreo’

My sister wanted ‘Lucky’

My nephew (9) wanted ‘Nocturnal’

My other nephew (5) wanted ‘Fireblast’

But my Dad won out with Scoby.

At the beginning I really didn’t think the name suited him, and I would often call him Scooby by accident. But now it has grown on me and now I only see him as Scoby!

Now I’m not fussed on cats at all, and I’ve always preferred to have a dog over a cat, but I must say he has changed my view on cats. He’s so soft and fluffy and I love when he purrs. He’s a nice little addition to the family and although he is ruining our sofa, it’s great to see how much he has improved! We just couldn’t leave him in the vets because it was certain he would have been put to sleep. Who would want a half-dead kitten with a broken jaw?

My nephews also like him and although the kitten was very nervous with them at the beginning, he is now curious and looks and whatever the two boys are doing, but of course at a distant!

Aisling