TinkerbellAs a family we’ve always had cats but my elderly parents lost two much loved pets after years of being together. After some time without one, they decided to re-home an older cat and he moved in. Unfortunately he was only with them a month and developed feline enteritis. However, his last month was a happy one and the search went on for another cat.

In October we contacted the Wootton Bassett branch of the Cats Protection League and went to visit a five year old She cat called Tinkerbell in her foster home. She was friendly but the foster carer said she had a problem with men and she did spit and lash out once when we visited her.

However, my parents couldn’t wait to get her home and we picked her up at the end of October 2009. From the start she was a handful. She would spit and attack without any warning, often going for your feet if you walked past.

My Mum, who has had years of experience with cats, was thinking about giving up after the first week and sending her back. I think the thought was that it was the home environment that was causing Tinker to get stressed. However, they persevered when they were given a little bit of her background. It would appear that she hadn’t had much human contact or affection. And that perseverance paid off. Little by little she started to trust, to play, to talk and even to purr (she didn’t do that in the early days). She is now a delightful addition to the family, loves human company and especially loves to play. She even looks different in that her eyes are wider and she has a contented air about her.

If my Mum had given up and sent her back they would never have known the delight she now brings to the family. So, if you re-home any animal that’s a bit of a rough diamond just be a little patient and give them some time to adjust.