My kids have been asking for a pet for the majority of years they have been on the planet. Back home in Scotland, we did have pet cockroaches for a while. Seven Madagascan Hissing Cockroaches. They were fascinating creatures and pretty easy to look after but they did not quell the boys’ desire for a more cuddly pet. The youngest two have been campaigning for a dog for a few years now. Specifically they want a pug named Russell. For several reasons, that was not going to happen. However, Mr Pict and I decided that perhaps we would be willing to compromise with another type of pet. We hoped that a pet might help the boys settle further into life here, make it feel more like home. Mr Pict and I had had a cat before we became parents so we felt comfortable with the idea of having a cat. We broke the news to the kids and they were ecstatic.
We decided to adopt a rescue cat so set about visiting rescue places to find the perfect cat for us. We knew we wanted a young cat but one who was no longer a kitten and it also had to be a cat who was good around kids and tolerated lots of noise and hectic activity. We also wanted a cat who was good with other cats since our aim is to have two so that they are buddies for each other when we are away for the day. On Saturday, we went along to an adoption event run by the local animal control department. We fell in love with a fluffy grey two year old cat named Satchi. He had a rear leg amputated a week ago as he was picked up off the streets with a badly broken leg. When we spent time with him, he was very affectionate and very tolerant of being in a confined space with four kids and two adults. We decided he had to come home with us.
The boys are over the moon and are loving having a pet to snuggle and take care of. Satchi is adjusting well to the Pict family home and is pretty mobile already on his three legs. I have never had a house cat before (although I have cared for many cats before, they have all been allowed to spend time outdoors) so learning how to tweak the care regime is interesting. Already he feels like part of the family.