Finding two kitties
At Catit, we have various socially engaged employees. One of them is Laurien (pronounced Loreen). On weekdays, she’s a copywriter with our Catit Basecamp team, while in the weekends, she volunteers as an EMT (Emergency Medical Technician). One day, when on medical duty, Laurien was showing another EMT pictures of her cats when this person mentioned that he had spotted two cats that seemed to be living behind the ambulance service’s garage.
Gaining their trust
Naturally, Laurien went to investigate, and sure enough she found a gorgeous longhaired black-and-white cat and her ridiculously cute kitten. The little one was incredibly fluffy and a near-perfect copy of momma cat, only much smaller. Neither momma nor her kitten would allow anyone to come close, but upon being offered food, the pair would come out of hiding to fill their tummy. While the kitten would run off again at the slightest noise, momma cat didn’t seem to mind the human company all that much and would even purr when touched while eating.
Finding a forever home
Since momma cat and her kitten clearly weren’t feral, Laurien decided she would continue to gain the cats’ trust in the hopes of eventually being able to rehome them. She reached out to various cat rescue organisations, but they all asked Laurien to find the cats a permanent home herself as all cat shelters in the region were full. This was a major setback, but luckily Joris came to the rescue. Joris is one of our IT specialists here at Catit, and he and his wife had been thinking about adopting a cat for a while. They agreed on giving both momma cat and her kitten a loving forever home. A match made in heaven!
Catching mom and her kitten
After a few weeks of gaining their trust, the time had come for the cats to say goodbye to their life on the streets and to move in with Joris and his wife Hannelore. Trying to catch the felines wasn’t easy, and the first attempt failed miserably as the felines were spooked by heavy traffic in the parking lot next to the garage that day. The second attempt, which took place a few days later, was successful right away, in part thanks to the Catit Cabrio cat carrier with its handy top opening.
After they were captured, mom and her kitten were immediately transferred to their new home, which was only a 20-minute-drive. They were given their very own room, filled with toys, baskets and hiding spots. After a few weeks, the cats had become accustomed to their new surroundings, so it was time for them to be taken to the vet to get microchipped and vaccinated, as well as spayed and neutered. Up to then, the cats had been nameless, but Joris and Hannelore came up with wonderful names. Momma cat would be called Panda and her kitten, who turned out to be male, would go by the name of Pooky.
How are they doing?
Panda and Pooky are doing great! Pooky has grown to be nearly as large as his mom, but at heart he is still a kitten. He loves to pounce at his mom and catch her tail until she gets annoyed and tells him off. While Pooky was very shy at first, he is now a confident kitty that loves to join his humans on the sofa. And Panda? She’ll happily join in!