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How it all began

Anne – a former coworker of ours – contacted us with a story that immediately reminded us of our office cat Pixi. As a teeny tiny kitten, Pixi and her siblings were abandoned by their mom, after which they ended up in foster care. Once she was old enough, we adopted Pixi and made her the star of our office. Now, Anne has a similar story, though luckily it has a much better start!

Is it a bird…?

On a sunny evening in mid-April, Anne was about to put up a birdhouse in her garden when she heard a faint noise at her feet. Naturally, she presumed it was one of the small birds that she knew lived in the climbing vine, but when she looked down, two big, yellow cat eyes stared back at her. The unexpected sight startled Anne, so a little bewildered she picked up the birdhouse and went back inside.

After a few seconds, it dawned on her that it was strange how she was the one to walk away rather than the cat, who didn’t even flinch. Anne decided to go back outside to have a closer look and soon realized what was going on. The cat she just encountered had recently become a mother, and was caring for her 4 tiny kittens, who still had their eyes closed and were definitely no more than a week old! 

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A cat needs a name

As the cat in the vine wasn’t hers, Anne went on a search for the owner of the beautiful calico cat. Many website visits and Facebook searches later, no one seemed to be missing the feline, so Anne and her partner decided to care for momma cat and her little ones until the owner would pop up, or the kittens would be old enough to be adopted. They provided mom with fresh water and some premium cat food and decided it was time to give momma cat a name. Since she and her kittens had taken up residence at the bottom of a climbing hydrangea, which is in the family of the hortensia plant, momma cat was named Hortense. The name Hortense also means “from the garden”, which is exactly where the feline was found.

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The story continues…

Anne told us that, after a few days, Hortense and her 4 little ones seemingly had become accustomed to their new home. Hortense would often be spotted basking in the sun or having a drink from the water features in the garden, while miraculously leaving the 5 resident shubunkin – a type of goldfish – alone. Coming into contact with humans was a huge adjustment for Hortense, leaving her unsure about how to behave. One moment, she would rub against Anne’s legs, while the next she would be hissing and growling.

4 cute new born kittens
4 cute new born kittens  next to eachother

An adoption waiting to happen?

For now, Anne and her partner can enjoy the fluffy family from inside, as Hortense’s nesting place is visible from the living room. Anne promised to keep us up to date on the antics of the little ones and momma Hortense, so hopefully, we’ll be able to provide you with many happy updates on the little family! Subscribe to our newsletter to stay tuned!