Isis and Cleo's story
14 May 2020
We’re paused on the rehoming during the COVID-19 lockdown, but we’re adding stories about our resident cats so you can get to know them even more. Here is Isis and Cleo's story, written by their fosterer.
"Our two female cats Isis & Cleopatra arrived with us for fostering back in October 2019, having been owned by a lady since they were kittens in the same litter. The lady had them for all of their 12 years, but sadly she had to give them up as she was moving in with her partner who was allergic to cats. When they arrived, we were informed that Cleo had most of her tail amputated about a year before, as she had injured it, and the tail was refusing to heal properly. Isis is black and white, and Cleo is tortoiseshell and white.
Initially they were very nervous, as this was the first time in 12 years that they had been away from their owner and in strange surroundings. It was a few weeks before we could get them to the vet for their health check, which went okay although Isis had some small growths in her ear. The vet said they were not uncommon and nothing to worry about at this stage. The cats initially spent a lot of time together behind the television in the back room, and it was clear that they preferred females, having taken much more to Doreen and not liking Chris at all.
We took them on as homing was starting to trail off in the run up to Christmas, and of course just when we were hoping that homing would start to pick up after the initial quiet months of January and February, we were hit by the corona virus crisis, so we've now been fostering them for over 7 months. In that time we have seen quite a change and the cats characters have really come out. At first they would only get on Doreen's lap, sometimes both at once, but they gradually lost their suspicion of Chris and now Cleo is a frequent visitor to his lap, with Isis meowing loudly at him for strokes and attention!
Cleo is the more playful of the two, often chasing Isis and running away and hiding from us - especially first thing in the morning. She has also decided recently that being put out in their designated area (the back of the house) at night is a game, and while Isis goes out with no problem, Cleo gets as far as the door and then runs off and tries to escape until she is eventually persuaded to join her sister after a bit of a run around!
Overall the cats are no trouble at all - they do get a bit excited when on your lap and knead with their claws, so we have to have a throw or a cushion on our laps when the cats decide they want some attention. This is not their fault, as their claws were last clipped when they went to the vet for their health check last year and have of course grown in the meantime. Neither of us are confident enough to clip their claws ourselves and of course we can't take them to the vet during the corona virus outbreak. Both cats love affection, but will also sleep for long periods during the day so they are not what you would call "high maintenance", which is good as we can happily leave them to themselves most of the time. We told a male visitor that they did not like men but no sooner had we said it then Cleo was on his lap purring loudly and demanding to be stroked! So, it appears that the cats initial fear of men has finally been overcome while we have fostered them. Our visitor thought Cleo was beautiful and could not understand why they had not found a new owner.
We have enjoyed fostering both cats as they are both very loving and affectionate, no trouble to look after and would make ideal pets; especially for an older person or couple. As they have been together since they were kittens, they obviously can't be separated and would have to be homed together."