Way back in March, I contacted the Norwegian Forest Cat Club, to volunteer to re-home one or two “Weegies”. It had been eight months since the last of my deeply-loved pair of elderly ladies died, and while they will always be in my heart, I felt that the grieving was over and I was ready to move on.
There were a couple of exchanges of e-mails, but ultimately things didn’t work out. Then they got back to me in July, to ask if I’d take a couple of 4-year old brothers. Of course I said yes! Norwegian Forest Cats may take a fair bit of looking after – that massive coat is prone to tangle – and eat a fair bit, but I’ve always felt attracted to them. And after two little old ladies, a pair of rather large (I’m told, about 7 kg each) boys would be a change. And, from the pictures, of course adorable!
Alvenkatt Johnny Mnemonic
Then an e-mail on 30th September, saying could they come last weekend or this? I preferred this weekend – last weekend was mollocking about with TW4 Production meetings and suchlike, and I had stuff to get ready. So, an Ocado delivery of loads of cat litter, and some IAMS dried catfood of an anti-hairball variety. And the purchase of a much larger cat-flap to replace the (broken, small) existing one – even though they won’t be allowed out for a couple of months. And a set of nice non-tip stainless-steel cat dishes.. And a couple of brushes for grooming. And cleaning and tidying and trying to make the flat cat-friendly.
Yesterday, Mary Rose confirmed that Jimmy and Johnny will be arriving on Friday evening, probably between 8 and 10. Apparently, they are used to eating “Royal Canin” products. A quick web-search reveled a stockist on Kilburn High Road, less than five minutes walk from work … when I got there, there was a bewildering arrang of Royal Canin: for Siamese; for Maine Coon, for kittens under six months; for elderly; for hairballs; for indoor cats with long hair: I decided this last was probably best! £15 for 2 kg – a fortnight for two cats, but if it helps make them feel at home….
So home, cat-flap fitted, tidying largely done. Cat corner now looks like this:
I still don’t really believe it’s gonna happen after all these months, but I think I’m as set up as I can be.