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The first time I ever laid eyes on Cleo it was in her profile picture on an adoption website. She had the most lovely long thick coat and lovely markings that were a mix of tortie and tabby but what struck me the most about her were her sad eyes…

You see she had been waiting patiently for a furever home for quite a while at the stage I saw her, having gone from a cage in the pound to a foster home with many other cats.

As soon as I saw her I knew that I had to have her – So after convincing the other half (who is not at all fond of cats) I arranged to meet her.

I took my mum with me on the day and when we arrived there were quite a few cats in the house – Some who had been there for quite some time, all of whom were very well looked after though… If I could have taken them all I would of but it was Cleo who I was there to see…

At first she was very shy and wary – When we first arrived she hid under a table and hissed quite dramatically, mum and I both looked at each other as if to say ‘what have we gotten ourselves in to?’

However soon she was coaxed from under the table and as soon as I picked her up she began purring… I think she probably realised then that she was on to a good thing!

I took her home that day and we didn’t really see a lot of her for the next week, as she much preferred hiding under the couch in her unfamiliar new surroundings…

Slowly but surely though she began to trust us (I think the copious amounts of food that I offered her probably helped) … Soon she would snuggle up on the lounge and try sleeping on the bed at every chance she got…

The majority of cats like to sleep during the day but not Cleo if someone was home through the day she would be always just a few steps behind. When I got home from work she would always be waiting at the door to greet me….

We’ve had her for three years now and she is the most lovely natured cat you can imagine…. She still isn’t quite used to our 14 month old yet – She kind of looks at me as if to say ‘What does this mini-human want with me’ lets my daughter give her a little pat and then promptly jumps on to something out of the little ones reach! I am sure one day they will be the best of friends though!

Adopting Cleo was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made! She really is part of the family now =^^=

Please when you are thinking about getting a pet, seriously consider adopting rather than buying! An adopted animal is always so grateful to be given a second chance!


Posted by kaz_123, 20th August 2013


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  • What a beautiful story. I am all for the adoption of animals. I will never buy, happy to cover the costs of desexing, worming, vaccinations & maybe some food to the carer or original owner. ♡

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  • Most likely the ones you buy, especially from pet shops, are from puppy farms. Don’t buy from pet shops! Much better to adopt a rescue animal from a shelter. They’re usually micro chipped, de sexed and vaccinated and are sold for a minimal fee

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  • Adopting is a really good idea.

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  • Love this and you are so right!! If we ever decide to get a pet when the kids are older we will adopt!

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  • Also; make sure all of the family are on board and will be responsible for the care of an animal.

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  • I agree; adopting is a wonderful gift!

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  • i got my beautiful dog from the pound 13 yeras ago. she is beautiful

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  • And so true. I bought a dog a few years ago but as I was really irresponsible and didn’t take good care of him. I should have adopted one and learn better

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  • thank you for your story

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  • Thank you what a great read I will certainly be adopting my next pet.

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  • That’s so nice, my cat recently passed away from old age and when I am ready I will adopt.

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