Real Rescue Cats Are Talking…
HIYA!! SAVANNAH HERE!!!
I am back again with another PAWSOME …
LIFE CHANGING INTERVIEW WITH SAVANNAH:
And, this is my last Real Rescue Cats Are Talking interview…I have done 12 in one year…my goal has been reached…and I know all my feline furriends who took the time to answer my questions will be happy to know that I am still focused on making all their interviews into a book…to donate to shelters where adult cats are available for adoption.
Thank you efurryone of you who have pawticipated over this past year…I will be publishing a list of all interviewees when I post my last Real Rescue Dogs Are Talking interview in the next week or two.
So, let’s get going. This next ladycat is not known to the Blogville furramily…but her huMum certainly is. Her huMum is none other than Miss Annie from our much loved blog Animal Couriers!!
Purrlease help me in giving a very very warm Savannah’s Paw Tracks welcome to…
APAWS!!! APAWS!!! APAWS!!!
Let’s get started…
Savannah: Hiya Iggy. Thanks lots for stopping by and having a meow with me. Of course, I know your huMom and about her business, Animal Couriers, but I haven’t met you—so this is really great!!!
Iggy: Hi Savvy, thanks for inviting me, I don’t get about much!
Savannah: Oh Iggy…you really outta get your huMum to let you take some of those trips all the other cats and dogs take…well, actually…probably only if you like riding in a car…ok, ok…being a cat myself…that’s a bad idea…
Sorry Iggy, I let my imagination run wild there for a sec’…so…would you share with all of us how you arrived in your furrever home?
Iggy: Well, I found my family myself. I walked right up to their house in the middle of the night and howled my lungs out. Woke the whole house up and then ran off to hide…got their attention though!
As you can see from this first photo, I was in a very sad state and this was my last-ditch attempt to find help. My humans think I was around four months old but it was hard to tell exactly. I’m seven years old now!
Savannah: Oh My Cat! (reaches over to Iggy and puts her paw around Iggy’s shoulder)…you were so very, very tiny!!…and so thin!! (wipes leaky eyes with paw). I can’t imagine how pawful you must have felt…like no one would ever notice you needed help.
How did you get in the house? What kind of challenges did you have to get through so you could even begin to think about showing your humans some of your REAL SELF???
Iggy: There were so many things to overcome. There were four other cats in the house and two puppies!
The youngest male cat, Felix, was a real gent and invited me to stay. His sister Lala wanted to play ball with me. Edgar, a ginger male was very indifferent but Clan mother Bertie sorted them all out and took me as her kitten!
I had been living in the outbuildings during the summer when lots of building work was going on but when the colder weather started to arrive I realized I had to move into the house. Here’s a picture of me investigating and there’s Bertie in the background.
I moved into the house that day and didn’t leave again for five months! Here’s me and Bertie—you can see just how much she took me under her wing.
And here’s a photo of all five of us together:
Those five months were difficult as my tummy had suffered a lot of damage during my time of starvation. Eventually the humans found a cat food that I could digest properly and life was a lot easier for us all.
During that time I wouldn’t let the humans anywhere near me. I gradually started to trust them when I started to feel better and here’s a picture of the first time I let one of them touch me!
Savannah: Aiieeee…that was so very brave of you Iggy!!
Iggy: I know, huh?!…but actually…it felt kind of good…
Savannah: So, would you mind meowing a bit more about some of the ways you and your humans worked together to help get you through your fears and start to trust them more?
Iggy: It took time but I now love and trust my humans—I’m not hot on tummy tickles but they can pick me up and give me big hugs.
Savannah: Oh Yeowzers! That is like way better than even I can do now and I am almost 7 years old!!
Iggy: I get very nervous when they approach me with something box shaped—I don’t like the vet at all! I still hate the dogs and only come into the living rooms once they have gone to bed. I’m scared of visitors but will let them see me once I’ve got to know them.
Savannah: I certainly understand how you feel about strangers too Iggy…I mostly stay out of sight when humans come around I don’t know…so do you think you have been successful in getting more and more comfy in your furrever home?
Iggy: Well, I now look like this!
You can see that I’m certainly over the starvation phase of my life. If you watch the video clip, you’ll see that I love to play and life isn’t that bad…no siree…not at all!
Click HERE to visit You Tube and watch Iggy strutin’ her stuff!!
Savannah: MOL!!! Iggy, you are one crazy dancing ladycat now!! Pawsome!!
Now, last question, can you offer any advice to our readers to help them support their adult rescue cat, or one they may be thinkin’ about bringing into their home, through its recovery process?
Iggy: It’s different for every new cat or kitten that enters a house. I was lucky because I wasn’t a threat and my cat family was very kind. Giving time to new additions who have had a difficult start is very important—most of us get there in the end!
Savannah: This was great! Any last words of wisdom you want to share?
Iggy: I really miss my Mum, Bertie. She sadly got dementia. I was able to pay her back for her kindness by keeping her bathed and finding her when she had got lost. Cat families are the best!
Oh Iggy, thank you so very much for taking time to meow with me. I hope all of you who stopped by to learn about another Real Rescue Cat enjoyed learning about Iggy.
As I mentioned, this is my last Cat Rescue interview in this series. If you would still like to be interviewed and featured on my bloggy, just let me know…I am happy to post more interviews.