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.