Thursday, August 7, 2014

WE NOW HAVE A CALICO CAT

Yes, that's right a calico cat .... that is the colour given on her list of details.  I've heard of calico cats and now we have one right here with us in our home.

Her name is Candy and she was born on 25 March, 2011, so at three and a half years of age she is just right for we oldies and she is BEAUTIFUL.


She is the little girl both Karen and I had chosen from the Animal Protection Society facebook page (their website is being redeveloped right now but will be up and running by the end of August).  We met so many beautiful cats and then were introduced to Candy and made a fuss of her and she seemed to enjoy it.

After looking at so many cats we decided to go and sit in the outdoor area and think hard about what to do and who should come and sit with us but Candy and she didn't seem too keen on other cats that wanted to come near.  She wasn't nasty to them but just gave them a look that said "Back off."   We then went and looked at kittens, just for the fun of it, and when we returned to the outdoor area where we sat in a different place who should arrive but Candy and she stayed around the whole time, eventually jumping up on to the big table and going over to Phil to be made a fuss of.


I think that decided it although there was also a little boy named Russell that took a fancy to us but at 8 months he was a tad too young especially with me not being too good on my feet.  I refused to leave as he sat right by the exit gate for ages but eventually he gave up and went back inside.  I asked for the lady in charge and off we went to the office to pay for our new friend and sign papers that needed signing.  Phil went and got the carry bag from the car and we were ready to head off, complete with a new litter tray. 

I couldn't believe how quickly Candy settled in.  She of course did the cat thing and smooched up to everything leaving her mark with her face as they do and investigated all the nooks and crannies she could find.  Eventually she jumped on to my lap, then walked across the telephone table onto Phil's lap.  She then made herself comfortable on a tub chair near the window and already loves to stand with her feet on the back of the chair looking out of the window.

I had to laugh as she could see Phil's reflection in the window and couldn't make out who that man was sitting out there.  By that time it was getting dark so down came the blind.  She then caught her  reflection in the TV screen and kept looking for that other cat.  She is obviously not used to reflections in windows or mirrors but hopefully she will soon be used to seeing that 'other' cat and not worry too much.

She has the loudest purr I've ever heard, even louder than our Henry and we thought his purr loud.  She purrs as she follows us around the house.    She has eaten some biscuits and had a drink of water which is good but doesn't seem keen on the Dine so perhaps not used to 'wet' food.  We were told Dine is one of the better foods for cats and that is what Precious always ate.

We are having to keep her as an indoor cat for up to four weeks which will be challenging and so far I've not tried putting butter on her paws which was the trick we had used for years when moving from one house to another with a cat.   I may still do so although she seems to be glad to be here with us so perhaps not necessary.  Right now she investigating my work room including my desk.  She is very inquisitive and all the time this LOUD purr.

Karen rang me on the way home from work and asked "How's Candy".  Seems the bush telegraph moves fast.   One of her workmates volunteers at APS and when a cat is homed they are all advised and she knew I was going to look at Candy and guessed we had taken her home.    Figure it won't be long before we receive a visit from Karen as I know she is dying to meet Candy and give her a cuddle.

I've not yet had a chance to take her photo and the three I've shown here I 'stole' from APS' facebook page which I am sure they won't mind me doing one little bit.

There are sure to be more Candy stories coming up just as River tells stories about her beautiful Angel.

18 comments:

  1. Hari OM
    Welcome home Candy Calico!!!!!! Oh my, you make me sigh...

    Calico is the American term for what in UK (and, I thought, in OZ) we know as 'tortoiseshell', which requires that the coat be tri-coloured. She's a real beauty Mimsie and looking forward to reading her adventures! YAM xx

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    1. Yes you are so right with your description re calico cats but do you know I'd not realised previously that tortoiseshells were included under that category.
      She has fitted in so well we are quite amazed. xx

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    1. She is proving to be quite adorable.

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  3. Congratulations to all of you! Humans and cat.

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    1. Thank you and also for popping in. Nice to have you to pay a visit.

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  4. How wonderful for you! Calico cats are my favorite - I love their colouring! A three year old cat should be just perfect - I hope you have many happy years together.

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    1. Thank you Susan. We are hoping we will be able to make her a good home although she seems to have one that already.

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  5. Congratulations. I am so happy for you, for Phil and for Candy.
    Perhaps we need to hold a purr-off. I have NEVER heard a purr louder than Jazz. Rescue cats purr?

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    1. Thanks EC. My word this cat acts as though she's been here all her life.
      Her purr is more like a trill really. She will sit on a chair or on the window sill and keep purring even though we are on the other side of the room.
      I think you maybe right about rescue cats purring so loud, out of sheer happiness at being chosen to have a home of their own.

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  6. Wonderful wonderful news Mimsie!! Welcome Candy and congratulations to you and Phil. May she bring the joy back into your life.

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    1. Thanks Rose. She is already bringing us a lot of happiness and we seem to be doing the same for her going by the amount of purring/trilling she is doing most of the time she is awake.

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  7. She's beautiful Mimsie! I think you were right not to choose Russell, at eight months he would be far too frisky. Angel is eight months now and still streaks around at the speed of light when he needs to burn off energy. He only purrs when he comes to the computer for his daily cuddle though and when he is on my pillow at night going to sleep. It's lovely to hear of Candy purring as she goes about the house.
    I found Angel didn't like the Dine cat food, and Whiskas gave him smelly breath, so now I have him on Fancy Feast wet food and Friskies dry food. He still has fishy breath straight after eating, but not hours later as he did with the Whiskas wet food. It got so bad I would turn away if he yawned while next to me.
    Please give Candy a welcome hug from me.

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    1. Thanks River, she is beautiful and she shall have that hug from you.
      I believe Whiskas is not good for cats but don't know about Fancy Feast. Dine was recommended and we had 4 little tins left over from Precious. Tonight I intend to give Candy just a tablespoon full and see how she goes. She does seem to enjoy ONE furball biscuits but not Fancy Feast biscuits. It's all trial and error for a while but we are delighted she used her tray. I had no litter so shredded some newspaper as soon as we got her home but Karen is going to bring down some clumping crystals so she told me. I am sure we will get a visit from her very soon as he fell in love with Candy just from her photo.

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  8. It looks like Candy chose you too Mimsie. She sounds a lovely little cat and I look forward to hearing those stories.

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    1. She has settler in so well Denise and is so affectionate. Yes, she did choose us for which we were very thankful. We'd loved her photograph and now love her for herself.

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