This is Ferrari. He is 10 years old, has arthritis and one front tooth.
We adopted him last may (2015) from the Cats Protection League here in Wellington, NZ. He had been in the shelter with about 30 other cats for a year before we adopted him. He ended up at the shelter because his previous family had a baby and got a puppy and he just couldn’t handle the commotion so the family decided to give him up, along with his sister. His sister was adopted by one of the shelter volunteers but Ferrari remained there for 12 months.
The first time we met him, Callum wanted to pick him up. He got a little turned off the idea when Ferarri hissed at him…. not to worry, after a few treats and getting into one of the volunteers lunches Ferrari was back to his smoochy self.
We weren’t in the position to get a cat just yet, as we wanted to make sure we had settled into our new flat before we bought a kitty home. So we went back to visit the next week and our cute black kitty was still there. We wandered around, got scratched a couple of times by the other felines and concluded that we still really wanted to get to know Ferrari some more.
On the third visit- we were ready- and so was he! When he saw us come into the shelter he came running! At that point we knew he was the cat for us so we adopted him and took him home. He hid for a couple of hours under our fish tank cabinet, but when he smelled the corn beef we had made for dinner he was out and about doing his best to get some morsels.
We absolutely adore him, he is such a funny little guy. We call him Squish on the daily as he is ‘a big boy’ (I took him to the vet and she said he isn’t ‘fat’ he is just big…he weighed 5.7kg!!!). He needed a check up to make sure that the medication he is on for his arthritis aren’t causing and liver or kidney problems- which thankfully, he got a clean bill of health.
His favourite thing by a mile is food. He LOVES food. I got him some ‘light’ biscuits which we call ‘skinny bitch biscuits’ which he despises. He will only eat them if we mix them in with his meat or he is desperate. He will pick out all the other biscuits (he gets a mix of ‘old man’ biscuits and dental bikkies) and leave the light ones behind.
He Meows. A LOT. We meow back and have chats about food. Not that we are crazy cat people or anything….
If you are interested in adopting a cat in NZ, I would recommend the Cats Protection League as your first port of call as they are mostly older cats that have had to be given up for one reason or another and super duper deserving of new homes. Check out the website here.
I’m sure he will feature more than once here on Livelikewewantto 😀