I'm way behind with the rescue stories - things are very busy here and cats lovers of this island have just finished the second round of cat neutering which again was a great success. More about that in some later post.
Anyhow... I found this adorable couple freshly (it seemed) dumped at the side of the road almost 6 weeks ago. I spotted them because the little one was running out in the middle of the road and I knew I had to stop if this one was to be prevented from being run over. Well, turned out there was another slightly bigger kitten just in the side of road hiding in a bush. The little one was 6 weeks and the bigger one 10 weeks. Luckily I happened to have a cage in the car and I instantly scooped them up - no way could I leave them behind. As I drove away I discovered a car hidden behind a bush and a couple standing behind the car looking towards me. I felt convinced they'd just dumped the kittens there. The were so easy to handle and were quite plump, for sure they'd been well fed - maybe so they'd survive longer trying to fend for themselves?? Maybe casulties of the Greek crisis, which have hit Greek people hard.
Maxi interacting with his new mates
No matter what, these boys were a bit of a mystery to me. They clung to each other like brothers and they look like brothers - but no way can they actually be brothers. The little one is for sure at least 4 weeks younger. At first I named them Mini and Maxi (yes, how imaginative is that, lol!). Poor Maxi (bigger boy) - only a tiny kitten himself and yet he had to act as the bigger brother and look after and nurture his little "brother". It was of course very sweet and tender to see them together but it was also obvious that Maxi had a need to be with kittens his own size. Mini was actually a bit too little to play with (kittens under the age of 6 weeks shouldn't interact with bigger cats) and it was obvious that it did get just a little too rough for Mini sometimes. But luckily... after a week in confinement they were introduced to the rest of their new slightly bigger kitten mates and they blended in just beautifully (they are so well behaved). This meant Maxi suddenly had new friends his own age and it was obvious a load was taken off his tiny furry shoulders.
Toddy (Mini) watching the wild games safely tucked under a lavender bush
Whilst Maxi was having a hoot, Mini (because of such a great character has since been renamed Toddy) spent a week hiding under the cupboards. All the wild games was a bit too overwhelming but then he became bolder and has since caught up with the bigger guys, no longer intimidated by their size. Last Saturday Toddy was introduced as a playmate to Ellie. She was only 5 weeks old and needed a gentle mate. Toddy was such a perfect match - he is tender and not actually that interested in fierce combat.
The delights of playing in a safe environment - and a curious little onlooker!
It was alo such a delight introducing these two boys to the garden. It's a little haven where they can safely romp and play hide and seek. You can imagine the magic when you have a garden full of kittens of various sizes all playing hide and seek together. The pay off for rescuing these precious little souls is immeasurable.
On a different note I've got some great and exciting news I want to share with you all so do be sure to pop by in a few days time!