Thursday, October 21, 2010


And this is a first! I was so excited when I met


on Twitter and discovered she had an Oriental cat! And Woody is one handsome boy!

Lucy will receive 50 FREE TWEETS next week for being my guest today!

Yep...I really am a BLUE cat!

I was sitting at my desk one day browsing the cats that needed a home on when I came across the Oriental Cat Association. I’ve always loved Orientals and couldn’t resist a look. Listed on the rehoming page was a five year old blue oriental male and he had the best ears I’ve ever seen!

Real men like pink.

He was described as needing a quiet single cat home as he’d had a few problems. It turned out that he hadn’t gotten on with the cat he was living with and had a very nervous disposition. He was living in the cattery of his breeder as he’d been returned to her rather than to a cat’s home. Unfortunately this was a three hour drive for us, but we decided to make a weekend of it and go and see him.

We cats know when we find a special human!

When we arrived I was shocked to see the state he was in. He cowered in the corner with terror when we entered his cage. I’ve had cats for many years and am experienced with cats that need special care, but I thought that Woody was beyond my skills. He had even plucked all the fur from his back with anxiety. We were left alone with him for 10 minutes. During this time I managed to get him to purr, so we both decided that we couldn’t leave him there. We packed him in the car and I sat in the back with him. I have never seen such a dramatic change in a cat’s behaviour in such a short period of time. Before long he was purring and sat quietly for the entire journey.

I wish every cat would be so lucky....

He’s been with us for 5 months now and his recovery has been amazing. All his fur has grown back and although he’s still a little nervous around strangers, he no longer hides. He has a very individual character. Being an Oriental he is very loud and shouty and very attention seeking. He loves jumping, and one of his favourite party tricks is jumping onto my shoulders (I have to catch him or he falls straight off). He loves his toy mouse and often walks around with them in his mouth before dropping them in his water bowl. But his favourite game is taking me for a walk. I have to hold one end of a piece of string and he picks up the other and he pulls me round the house.

Thanks, Mom, for giving me a chance. You're the best!

He’s not the best sleeper and most nights he gets me up 2-3 times by either shouting or jumping on me, but generally he’s an absolute joy and arguably the most important member of the family.

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  1. What a wonderful story! That is one unusual looking -- and beautiful -- cat :) So glad she found her perfect owners!

  2. Aww, it is just purrfect when animals find their forever homes. :) What a handsome kitty he is, too.

  3. Wow - Woody is gorgeous! So glad Lucy has given him a second chance. Jx

  4. It always brings tears to my eyes when I read a story about an animal in need, and then finds that someone to help. What a great story, and a beautiful cat. May you have lots of happy, wonderful years together.
    Great handbags too.

  5. Lovely story! So glad Woody found a super mom to help him out! Gorgeous cat!

  6. WOW - lucky woody indeed. I know what its like to be woken up in the night and that can get quite challenging after a while. A very handsome adorable fellow :)

  7. What seriously gorgeous bags. Look at that face. You just know that boy is super smart and a talker. What a lovely kitty.

  8. Oh, what a gorgeous kitty! (and lovely shop, too!) I have two adopted kitties of my own, and one of them also loves to carry around mice and dump them in water dishes (or full bathtubs . . .) Thanks for sharing this story!
    I have a small etsy shop and I'd love to have either of my kitty boys featured on your blog, if you wanted.
    @HyperspaceHippo on twitter

  9. I love that cat, he looks so fun, and that was nice of his Mom and Dad to adopt him.

    The leading Woody around with the string is so funny, people who do not have cats would not believe how smart they are I can tell my cat Diesel to lay down and he does it!

  10. What a gorgeous cat! Am so glad there is a happy ending to his life story and wish Lucy and Woody many years of love to come!

  11. What a beautiful kitty Woody is, and that story brought tears to our eyes. We love happy endings! :)

  12. I have no pets at the present time, and have never owned a cat...but I just had to let you know how much I enjoyed this post!!!...The cat story was so touching...and I want to touch one of those bags!!! :-)

  13. I am so thrilled that you found each other. Every animal deserves a loving home & every home needs a loving animal.

    Nubbin wiggles,

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