I told my husband that Pearl would be our last rescue from Eastern Europe. She came to us just before Christmas last year and I kept my word for all of eight months. Then I spotted a nearly blind kitten at a wonderful rescue in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. The rescuers rent a property where they house up to 55 cats at any one time. Heaven only knows how they fund the place, but the cats receive all the veterinary care they need and for some of the worst cases, that can be quite considerable.
Vicky was one of the lucky ones. Found as a tiny kitten, with herpes and blind in both eyes, she was taken to the Cat House by a kind lady. She was too small for surgery in the beginning, but by the time she was fit enough to have her eyes removed, they found that one could actually be saved. She has hardly any vision left, but it’s better than nothing.
She arrived on 25th September at the age of five months, weighing in at just 1.35kg. We had never seen such a tiny little cat. In the seven weeks that followed, she has put on a whopping 1.1kg and although she will always be small, she is now looking decidedly chunky.
She has fitted in so well with our other nine cats too and Buddy in particular (also from Plovdiv) is absolutely besotted with his new little friend. They spend hours together every day, washing one another, or simply tearing round the house. She has adopted some of his habits as well, so now I have two cats guarding me while I vacuum the house and they will both attack the nozzle given half a chance. She also perched on top of the PC while I worked on some images this afternoon, so double the chance of someone accidentally pressing the OFF button!
Zookeeper and amateur photographer.