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Everything’s Coming Up Rosies

28 February 2021
 Everything’s Coming Up Rosies

To paraphrase that old saying, it never rains, but it purrs. That’s how it seemed when not just one, but two cats both named ‘Rosie’ turned up simultaneously for adoption. To avoid confusion, we’ll keep them apart. This month’s tale concerns the first Rosie.

She was adopted by Zoe and Ray, a couple looking to offer a very cosy home to a very young cat. Would they, we asked, consider a shy, nervous 18-month old puss?  Yes, they would.

Initially, though, it turned out this flowery-labelled cat was not a cushy feline bedding plant, but a rather thornier specimen. A ‘Rambling Rosie,’ you might say.

The cat appeared very nervous on arrival at the new home. She would only leave her room to seek obscure, unlikely places to hide. After just one day there, she mysteriously disappeared completely. Her distraught adopters called us anxiously to say Rosie was missing. She couldn’t have gone outside – there were no doors, nor windows open. Rosie must be somewhere in the house. However, just in case she had somehow escaped, we checked and confirmed that Rosie’s microchip was registered to the correct address.

There was nothing for it but to mount ‘Operation Dragnet.’  A full-blown search went on under beds, in cupboards, drawers and all those silly obscure places in and around the house. Eventually, Rosie was found skulking behind the skirting board kick space under the kitchen units. She had managed to squeeze into a two-inch gap and hide away there. The only rescue solution was to dismantle the entire set of units, get Rosie out and then seal the opening.     Job done? Oh, no!  Rosie then discovered she could jump on top of the wall units and hide out of reach in the corner.

Poor Zoe and Ray wondered what this calamity cat might get up to next. They were concerned she might climb up the chimney, so that had to be blocked. That, also, was to no avail.  The chase was hotting up - Rosie had squeezed round the boarding to be found asleep on the fake gas-fire coals.

This nightmare hide-and-seek scenario lasted for two tiresome weeks until Rosie finally began to settle down. She still likes to explore, but no longer goes AWOL. She’s learned to play, especially with dozens of bouncy table tennis balls. Rosie even has a favourite fluffy toy she takes up to Zoe and Ray in the night. She follows Zoe everywhere and is curious about all her ‘mum’ is doing. Rosie even comes when called – most unusual for cats. Now more than 18 months old, nobody has reminded her she is no longer a chaotic kitten.

We were pleased to hear that Zoe and Ray sent grateful thanks to Cats Protection and to all volunteers for the “great work” we do. Thanks Zoe, Thanks Ray – we’ll drink to that.   Maybe with a big glass of Rosé?