I have a new arrival announcement!
No, the holiday sun, sea and shennanagins with The Mr hasn’t resulted in THAT kind of announcement (!) and our family is definitely complete with two kids, but we do have news! And that name Luna that I always secretly kept for a second daughter? It finally has a use!
You might remember earlier in the year THIS happened – and life would never be the same again!
Having grown up with cats as a child, I’ve never felt able to give one a home as an adult. I guess a gap year in Israel, then years travelling with TV shows and 3 years living in LA made for a pretty nomadic existence to an extent and I couldn’t see how our lifestyle would be fair on an animal.
And now, with my Breakfast Show on Heart and two children in school, life is a bit less nomadic so the search was on!
The cat who visited earlier in the year was part Bengal and super friendly, so I was quite keen to look at that breed. But after visiting some kittens and leaving with hives on the backs of my legs and itching all over (despite trying to hide the fact from Trey!) I realised I might have developed a cat allergy and the cat dream started to fade, especially given that Bengals are supposedly hypo-allergenic. Sad times!
THEN – my friend Kate mentioned that Russian Blue cats are actually the least allergic breed and the dream was back on! The kids even made a countdown for the fridge…
But what to look for? I asked some of my lovely blogger mates what THEY look for when choosing a kitten:
Alice from Life As Alice:
Check if mum looks happy and healthy as if she’s stressed it can affect her milk and the baby’s health. Also let the kitten pick you. Sounds hippy dippy but they pick you not the other way around FACT
Tanya from Mummy Barrow:
Clean is a must. Dirty bums are a big no no and sign of problems. And check if lively. Are they behaving like kittens? ie nutters !!!
Sandy from Baby Baby:
Use your instincts. If the mother or kittens look anything less than healthy, don’t risk it. There will be other kittens. Good luck.
Mari from Maris World:
I would follow my heart and the one that pulls my strings gets taken home. Have fun x
I fell at the first hurdle and made the big mistake of taking the kids with me and soon clocked that visiting kittens with kids is a bit like viewing a house in the summer sun! You want to say yes to pretty much every one you visit! Several houses and lots of mileage and kittens later, we found our girl!
Just about the most gorgeous kitten you could ever wish to meet! We timed her arrival for the end of the summer holidays and the count-down has been on our fridge ever since we met her and this weekend we brought her home – just before school started again.
I say Luna. Her full name, according to the kids, is:
Lady Luna von Snugglemuffin 1st, OBE. Yeah. Thank goodness for Luna!
The first night she was mewing for her family which just about ripped my heart out, so I brought her into our bed! Shhh…don’t tell! She took quite a shine to Trey and, even though he put a pillow on his head to drown out the noise, she found a way of getting close to him!
But night 2 – not a peep. Happy as anything in her new home and just gorgeous – excited to see us in the morning and seeming pretty pleased with her lot! She already feels like part of the gang and the children are adoring her already. She’s the perfect combination of playful and cosy. Yay! I love a happy ending! So thanks again for all your supportive messages earlier in the year.
It’s official. I am a bit in love with Luna!
And apologies if you follow me on Twitter or Instagram.
Let the kitten spam commence!