I was originally putting off this post as I was too sad to write it, but as you will read, it has turned into a happy story after all.
On 20 March 2010, our beautiful cat Chibi disappeared. In the 11 years that he had been with us, he had never missed a meal, so we knew something was wrong when he was suddenly not there. We waited a couple of days before we stuck up ‘Missing Cat’ posters and did a mail drop to people’s houses. We also checked with the RSPCA, but he was not there. Chibi was microchipped, so we knew if he was picked up and taken to a vet or shelter that we would be contacted. So we waited and hoped and we were very sad. He was like our baby and it was just so empty without him there.
As each week went by, we really didn’t think he was coming home and being the feline lovers we are, we decided to fill the empty void and get some kittens. We always said that when Chibi’s time comes, that we would get two kittens, so they could grow up together and have each others company. So on 12 April 2010, we chose 2 gorgeous ginger and white kittens from 4 brothers that were being housed at Ingrid’s Haven. Ingrid is a wonderful women who saves cats before they get put down and houses them at her shelter before adopting them out to people like us. It was a bitter sweet time, as Neil and I both felt guilty going to get the kittens, as we of course couldn’t stop thinking about Chibi. We decided to stick with Japanese names and chose the names Yoshi and Aki (pronounced Arkee).
After a week at home, the kittens had settled in quite well. They were a lot more work than Chibi was, but very cute of non-the-less. Then at 3am on 20th April, there was a rattle at the front door. Neil at first thought it was the wind, but after realising it wasn’t actually a windy night, he went to investigate. To Neil’s amazement, our old boy had come home! Chibi rushed in and headed straight to his food bowl. After eating, Neil brought Chibi in and woke me up. It took me a minute or so to realise that I wasn’t dreaming. Chibi was back. He looked ok, but had a very traumatised expression on his face. His coat was extremely thick as though he had been cold for a while and initially we thought he hadn’t lost much weight at all. After getting vet checked the next day, we discovered that he had lost half his body weight. Now for those of you who know Chibi, he is a big boy. He had lost about 3kg. His thick coat was covering up his now bumpy spine.
Finding it hard to imagine what he went through during past last month, we showered him with lots of cuddles and pats and decided to keep his new little housemates confined for a day or so. Chibi knew something was going on, new smells and little meows coming from the bathroom., so after a couple of days, we eventually let them meet each other. As you can imagine, Chibi was not impressed at all! Who were these 2 little upstarts in his home? I have never seen Chibi hissing so much. The kittens didn’t care, they just thought he was a new play thing. Fun times to come…
…so now, after 2 months of all being together, there is some kind of harmony. Chibi is tolerating the kittens, who are growing up fast, but still tearing around the house getting into everything. There is still hissing, but not too often and they have all been seen sleeping on the bed together, which is nice to see. Things are improving day by day. Life is fun and never dull with 3 felines!
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