Sol & Oso now Rudy & Bones
Rudy & Bones – and I – thought it was time to give you an update on their new living quarters. We have now lived together for 7 weeks and find each others company very comforting, comfortable, and sweet. Bones had a rough start here with urinary blockage and some days at the animal hospital. Lots of care after coming home again and he is now “as good as new”. Hopefully, he will never have to go through that again, and to reduce the risk we keep stress minimal (no more moves or changing family), and have added canned food to the diet.Rudy is a sweet little Teddy bear and likes to cuddle with either me or Bones. Bones is more reserved and may wait for me to come and cuddle with him. When food is about to be served, they are both there and telling me with their fine little voices that they are waiting. Both of them are so gentle and loving. They love to play-fight and chase each other around – Bones is the teaser, well, so is Rudy’s tail ... After saying goodbye to my two beloved cats in November and December last year, I was very fortunate that these two very sweet guys were available from Abbey cats to help make my place a home again.
Macartney (now Cobweb) & Swiffer
It didn't take too long for Swiffer and Cobweb (formerly Macartney) to become best friends. They are constantly playing together, chasing each other around the apartment and wrestling and getting up to mischief (their favourite game is for one kitten to knock a small item off tables, shelves, dressers, etc. while the other one watches -- needless to say we've had to make adjustments and move delicate items to places where little paws can't reach them, or worse get hurt) before they finally get sleepy and curl up together, groom each other - purring like crazy - and settle down for a snooze. Cobweb is so affectionate and playful and happy, everyone who meets him just falls in love with him. He won over all the ladies at the vet's office and even purrs during a check-up. He had a little bit of a kitty cold over the Christmas holidays (sneezing and wheezing) but the vet assured me it was nothing serious. He was lethargic and under the weather for a few days; he had no appetite and was not drinking water, either. The vet gave him fluids and said antibiotics or Lysene were probably not necessary. She was right; he was back to his rambunctious self after two days. It didn't occur to me until after the visit to the vet that Swiffer had been trying to alert us to the fact that Cobweb wasn't feeling well. He was curled up on a chair all night. Early in the morning Swiffer was pawing at us in bed, and mewing, then running to sit with Cobweb before repeating the whole process if we tried to go back to sleep. Later, after Cobweb was home from the vet, I kept him separated from Swiffer (as the vet instructed) so he could rest and absorb the fluids they gave him. Swiffer sat outside the bedroom door and was absolutely distraught, crying and scrabbling at the door and panting as cats do when they are stressed or upset. It was just breaking my heart to watch her, so I let her in to see him. She cleaned him all over and they both purred and had a good, long sleep. I have attached a picture of Swiffer and Cobweb during one of their many naps in their favourite spot: on a cat pad on top of a fleece blanket resting on a chair. The cat pad was a gift from my mother; the kittens were spoiled over the holidays with new toys, a fancy water fountain, treats, and a pretty snazzy litter box. We were so happy when Swiffer came into our lives and now that we have Cobweb it gives us even more joy (not to mention entertainment) to watch them playing and being so happy together. I just love knowing that they each have a friend for life, and that we will have them as friends for the duration of their lives. Many thanks and best regards, Jennifer
Miss Peabody (now Boo) & Newton
Steele (now Magnus)
Steel -- now called Magnus -- is doing fine! He is such a beautiful cat with a truly lovely personality. He LOVES my cat Hamish who also loves him! They bonded instantly with not one hiss! Hamish has been longing for a companion cat since my other one died and the new cat is so cat-centred and young and fun that Hamish is like a kitten again! Also Steel loves my dog! And Jasper loves all cats so my major concern about compatability with my current cat and dog have proved moot. Magnus is very shy with me of course and found the perfect place to hide yet be close to the action (a space I set up for my other cats who grew bored with it!) -- he was only coming out at night but now has begun to come out more and more when I am there. He gets startled when I am walking around and bolts to his safe space -- but that is happening less and less. This morning is the first time he came out to eat his food with Hamish in the kitchen in the daylight with me there! So happy ending on this front. Thanks for keeping him so healthy. He is truly a ferral in terms of human fear, but he is so not aggressive that I know in time he will end up one of the best cats ever (though I say that about all of them!). Thanks, David
Wilkes & Kushin
I am glad you emailed. I was going to send these pictures tonight! Alec and I were away on the weekend, Mark was home as he had to work, so he stayed with "the kittens" as we called them all the time the first week as we couldn't tell them apart. We are starting to see differences now. Wilkes seems a bit darker and smaller, and certainly more adventurous. They are having a great time, they settled in really well. The play and chase each other around all the time, and we can't stop laughing at them. Then they sleep like logs! They cuddle together often on Alec's bed (as it is in the sun in the afternoon). They are wonderful pets and are so much fun. Thanks so much for taking care of them till we got them, they bring so much joy to our lives. Allison, Mark and Alec
Zara (formerly Pandora)
The freshly dubbed Zara is doing fantastic! By the end of one week with us she is sleeping on the bed with all of us, she knows where her food is, uses her litter and scratching post, and is playing a lot and enjoying watching the squirrels and birds out the windows. Here are a couple of photos...she especially likes sitting on the radiator cover and looking out the front window. We're just waiting for her to become a lap cat for us. We love her, she's a total sweetie! -Heather
MAX (formerly Kinleigh)& RAMON
Just thought I would send you an update on these two rambunctious boys that we adopted back in May. Max (formerly known as Kinleigh) and Ramon have grown so much, and have become like brothers, even though they were not from the same foster homes. They have taken over our apartment, are constantly running around together, wrestling all the time, and discovering new ways to cause trouble!! Max is definitely the dominant and more bold one. He has absolutely no fear and will dive head first into or onto anything without thinking about what might happen. He has taken head first dives into the toilet, jumped right into the fridge when the door was opened, and even occasionally tries the mad dash out the apartment door when we get home. (although he can't get any further than down the hallway) His favourite toys are socks. He attacks them as if they were alive! We can be sure that if we leave any socks lying around, we will find them randomly strewn about the house. And even if we don't leave them lying around, he will climb shelves, or dig into boots to find them! Ramon on the other hand is the reserved one. He always checks and double checks before he enters into something new. He is careful and calculated, and is the complete opposite of Max. They make a great pair! Ramon does have this interesting habit of nibbling though. Usually at around 3 am, he decides that he wants some attention and starts licking and nibbling armpits, ears, chins and noses. It would be really cute if it were not in the middle of the night while we are sleeping!! Its hard to get upset with him though when he is just giving some love because he wants some back, and he's too cute to be mad at! We are proud to be the people parents to these two amazing boys. They have brought so much into our lives and we can't imagine living without them. Thanks to you and Abbey Cat Adoptions for helping us bring these two adorable and sometimes crazy characters into our lives. One thing that I forgot to mention was that although the boys are quite rambunctious, they are also both incredibly affectionate. Max is so cuddly (when he calms down for a few minutes). He climbs right onto you when you are lying down and rubs his nose right into your face while he kneads your neck and chest. He gets so happy and relaxed purring like crazy, that he drools all over you!! And Ramon is a no fuss kind of guy. When he wants your attention he lets you know with a couple of short, quiet meows and if you don't pick him up, he proceeds to climb up the side of your leg until he reaches your arms. Then, when you have no choice but to hold him, he purrs away while rubbing his face into yours. I'm so in love with both of these boys that I cannot even describe it to you. And even my husband who never had cats before, has turned into a cat lover. He comes home from work and if Max hasn't already run to the door to greet him, he calls him to come so he can pick him up and say hello. Its amazing how no matter how tired he is or how bad a day he had at work, the minute he picks up one of the boys and starts talking in his cuddly cat voice, his stress is gone and he's in such a better mood instantly! I love it! Again, I can't thank you enough for introducing these boys into our lives. They are our greatest joy and life without them would be boring and probably much more grumpy! Keep up the great work you are doing. Marylou & Cliff
ROSIE (formerly Amaryllis)
Amaryllis (now Rosie) is doing so well- we love her to bits and pieces. Abbey Cats did a fantastic job matching her personality with our other cat's character, and we still marvel at what a well-behaved and sweet cat she is. She's also losing a ton of the weight she had on when she came to us- nice and slowly, through eating well and by playing with her brother! She's down to about 11lbs as of the last vet visit a few months ago. We have her on Wellness Indoor, a mix of dry and wet, but the vet did mention that if she plateaus and stops losing weight, we can simply remove the dry from her diet. We're lucky because Rosie (we've renamed her for her lovely disposition and little red nose) LOVES to play. She looks like a big ol' cat but really, she's barely 2. So, she loves to play as much as her brother does and is always running around.
SNOOPY & LINUS (formerly Tamu and Bulu)
Snoopy and Linus are relaxed, healthy kittens who are eating well and growing quickly. Every day they feel more at home and enjoy sitting in windows, drinking water dripping in the bathtub, sleeping on radiators and wrestling with each other and affectionately grooming each other. I wake up in the morning to their purring and wanting lots of cuddles. They have brought a lot of joy to my life. Thank you Abbeycats for taking such good care of these cats so that the transition to adoption is an easy experience.
RYLAN & RAIDER
We wanted to give you an update on how we're doing. Our new mommy and daddy gave us new names. Our names are now Rylan (formerly Gregory's Girl) and Raider (formerly Mr. Smith). We love our new home and are enjoying exploring. We especially love chasing each other up and down the stairs. We got a lot of new toys for Christmas. Our favourites are the squeaky bird and the fish on a stick that mommy and daddy play with us with. We also love to chase balls up and down stairs and hallways and then snuggle in with mom and dad for pats and belly rubs when we tucker ourselves out. We are getting lots of food and treats and are getting to know our older brother Thumper. Unfortunately, we lost our older brother Flower, who had been sick for a while, a few days ago so we didn't get a chance to know him very well. Thumper will lick our heads and let us sit with him for a while but still gets a little grumpy when we jump on his head so mommy and daddy still try to give him a bit of quiet time while they are sleeping. We wanted to thank you for taking us in and for helping us find our new mommy and daddy.
CHARLES XAVIER & PRINCESS PEACH
Jamie and I wanted to give you some updated pictures of Gingersnap and Schiffli and let you know how they are doing!
We did decide to choose some new names for the little kittens shortly after we adopted them. We renamed Gingersnap Charles Xavier (we call him Charlie) and Schiffli is now Princess Peach (we call her Peach). They settled in almost instantly and we couldn't imagine life without them. We adopted them for my birthday, so we had a few friends over the weekend after we got them and they were so social and loving the attention that they was being showered on them. They have a million toys, but they do love little paper balls and plastic springs the most. We recently cleaned the apartment and hundreds of them hidden behind the couch and oven, how they managed to get them behind the oven we have no idea!
They are both such playful amazing kittens, they love to curl up on our laps almost as much as they love running around being mischievous. Peach is very social and will meow and knead your stomach/lap until you are just the right sized bed for her to sleep in. Charlie, however will sit on you innocently, then as soon as you start reading a book or playing on the laptop he will go after your fingers, so playful! With that being said, I doubt we will ever tire of seeing them run around, playing with one another.
We are so happy that we decided to adopt these kittens. Neither of us could imagine life without them! They are an amazing addition to our family and every day we love them more and more. I think they're going to get tired of our kisses and hugs.
AGATHA CHRISTIE, RUTH RENDELL & BARBARA VINE
It was devastating to lose our wonderful cat Clio only 11 days before her 19th birthday. As we mourned her loss, I did a random search on “kitten adoption Toronto”, and up popped a group I’d never heard of, Abbey Cats.
As a mystery lover, I immediately noticed sisters Agatha Christie, Barbara Vine and Ruth Rendell on the Adoption page. And after a glance at their photos I knew that we had to adopt them.
Following a pleasant interview – and ecstatic that we passed – we met the sisters’ wonderful foster mother and confirmed our love of the kittens at first sight. We brought them home expecting that it would take time for them to adapt to a new house, and put up a barrier between our bedroom and the rest of the house to help them feel secure. When we noticed Barbara having fun leaping both ways over the barrier an hour later, soon joined by Agatha and Ruth, we figured that they were comfortable and more than ready to explore the house.
Our triplets are extremely friendly, always ready for a pat and a new game, playing energetically until they wear us and each other out and need a nap. They love “Cat Dancer”. They have the loudest purrs imaginable. When we brought them to our vet for a checkup, he declared them very healthy, was amazed at how calm and confident they were, couldn’t hear their hearts beating above the roar of their purrs, and asked us to please arrange to bring them back when he was on duty so that he could see them again.
I can’t imagine us without these three wonderful cats. We are extremely grateful for the excellent fostering and care that enabled Agatha, Barbara and Ruth to be so well adjusted despite their experiences before Abbey Cats rescued them. Thank you, Abbey Cats, for enriching our lives with our fabulous trio.
The above photo is Sammy in his new comfy bed.
Sammy is adjusting well to his new home with us. He's such a well behaved and smart ginger cat. Sammy enjoys looking out of our livingroom window and getting to know the animals that visit our garden. Sammy is six years young and a real character. He has a delightful personality and we're so glad we adopted him. I would write some more about our adorable Sammy, but we're still getting to know this very special new member of our family.
Warmest wishes, Karen and Gary
Moosh formerly Cherry Ripe. She has been an absolute delight. We are so lucky to have her. We laughed out loud when you asked about the little lap cat!!! She is not so dainty anymore. Moosh has LOUD footsteps which is probably because she is loud in general. She is always talking to someone when she isn't sleeping.
She made herself at home from the moment we let her out of the carrier. If she had been a person, she would have mixed up a martini and lit up a cigarette! The dog was initially hesitant but they were soon drinking out of the same water bowl, sleeping together, chasing each other around the house and loving each other.
Moosh absolutely adores my 19 year old son. She curls up under his chin, she licks his hair, washes his face, cleans his ears and occasionally she puts her front paws around his face. it is the cutest thing ever....
My daughter who initially said that she thought that cats were kind of creepy also dotes on her. Moosh and I have a routine in the morning....she insists that I fill up the water glass in the bathroom, after she finishes, she follows me downstairs and demands treats...and then she goes back to bed.....Life is tough for her... Naomi
I've re-named Carter, Dexter, he's doing really well! He's been a wonderful companion, and is so well behaved. I've set up my second bedroom as an office/guest room and he's taken that room over as his own! (see the pic). He has his perch by the window and he spends most of his time there looking out the window or hanging out on "his" couch. He also loves to sit with me when I'm reading or watching tv. - Karen
A few weeks ago I adopted Fifa, (7 months old) and renamed her Tara. I wanted to adopt a younger cat to be a buddy for my Burmese, Tai, who is 16 months old and was living with a 13 year old girl named Shadow. Needless to say, Shadow was not as playful as Tai would like.
I learned about Abbeycats from CP24’s Animal Housecalls and a day later we adopted a beautiful tortie from Abbeycats. After 3 days from when we brought Tara home, she and Tai were chasing each other around like they were long, lost lovers. First Tai chases Tara down the hall, and then Tara chases Tai back in the other direction. Tara is always 'talking' to Tai; I wish you could hear her.
Tai loves to wash Tara’s face and she lies there and loves it. Tara has made herself at home and even climbed into Tai’s bed with him! Tara is playing fetch with Tai’s toys, but he doesn’t mind. Shadow is not quite sure what to make of two youngsters tearing around but she is curious.
I want to thank Ann Rohmer of CP24, for showcasing Abbeycats and also kudos to her foster mom for raising Tara from a 4 week old kitten with no mother – Tara is very sweet and talkative and loves people. Great job by all of you. I am so grateful for Tara, she is a real joy.
Lana O'Grady, Port Credit
The beautiful Russian-Blue Cross I adopted from Abbey Cats has become one of the most important parts of my life and I can’t imagine being without her. I’d love to share my success story with you.
I was visiting a friend in Toronto in July 2008. Her roommate was fostering an Abbey Cat by the name of Edie Britt. I was not ‘in the market’ for a cat, but something about this beautiful little girl really struck a chord with me. She was eight years old, but super friendly and cuddly. She would jump into the laps of another visiting friend and I and literally put her arms around our necks and hug us. She literally just wanted love.
I left Toronto and came back to Ottawa and thought about that cat until October. I couldn’t stop thinking about her, but I didn’t want to rush into adopting her because I had never had a pet on my own before and I wanted to make sure I really wanted her and that it wasn’t just a fleeting interest. But, when four months passed by and I couldn’t get her out of my head, I knew I had to have her.
I called Abbey Cats and the foster parent and made arrangements to adopt her. A friend and I drove to Toronto a couple of weeks later and brought her back to her new home in Ottawa where she became Jenga Jayde.
I am in love with my little girl and anyone who knows me will echo the same sentiments. She is a joy to have in my life. All she wants is for me to love her and cuddle her. She will sometimes follow me around my apartment and ‘cry’ until I will sit on the couch where she can cuddle in my arms. She greets me at the door every day when I come home and tells me about her day. She is especially cuddly and needy when I return from work trips (although she is taken care of by other cat lovers). Jenga rubs her little nose so hard on my face sometimes it hurts! And of course she kneads her little kitty claws on my chest and tummy (I won’t stop her, but it makes me aware she needs a nail clipping!). And about 75 per cent of the time she will come to bed with me and lay in my nook and cuddle right into me and my face. It is a little piece of kitty heaven.
While she does love cuddling, she also likes to play despite being ten years old! She loves her little furry mice, catnip toys, and chasing her own tail! Jenga also has a weird obsession with licking metal and purses! She is a silly little girl, but I love her with all my heart.
She is one of the best decisions I ever made and if Jenga Jayde wasn’t set on being the Queen of the castle I would have more Abbey Cats. I wish I could adopt them all. Please keep up the wonderful work you do.
Sincerely, Lori Tarbett
Dear Abbey Cats,
I am writing to tell you how happy I am in my new home.
I live with some wonderful humans who have a lot of windows for me to watch the birds and squirrels from.
They even built me a special cat seat in the bay window where I spend most of my days.
I also have my own bed (though I prefer to sleep with my new family at night) and I have lots of toys.
Purrs and mews,
Silver Lace (Lacey)
JACQUE, TEMPLETON & AVERY
Cara and I just wanted to send you a quick email with some pictures to let you know that the 3 kittens we adopted back in May are doing fantastic J
Each of the kittens have certainly developed quite the personalities.
Jacque (grey/white female) is very subdued and likes to spend a lot of her time laying against the windows of the condo looking down at the traffic. She is usually found sleeping at the top of a cat tree that we got for them a few months ago.
Templeton (orange/white male) is certainly the adventurous one. Always inspecting the nooks and crannies. He has successfully escaped the front door of the condo while we are trying to leave for work, and we have had to chase him down the hall a few times to bring him back. We are certain he is just exploring, and isn’t trying to get away J
Avery (grey/white male) is the most affectionate of the bunch. Although it took him about an hour to come out of the cat carrier when we brought him home, he has grown from being the runt of the group to the most dominant. He is now physically larger than his brother Templeton, and certainly is the one who causes the most of the noise as they run and play most of the day.
Thank you again for the service you do as a foster parent to these little kittens, and we are so grateful that we were able to adopt these little bundles of joy.
Shaun and Cara
Thought I would pop you an email and let you know that Sonia (Sylvania) is doing really well. She spent the whole of Sunday exploring the apartment, meowing and then cuddling! She is adjusting very well and appears to be pleased and has a great appetite which is really good I think! She follows us around and is really taken with Tim (she sleeps on his night table!) She let me trim her nails while asleep and give her a little brush too, but when I do that she wakes up and just wants to play with it:) I attached some photos for you to have a look at! you'll be glad to know she sleeps on her blanket and plays with the lovely toys you kindly provided for us. Thank you so much for that. I will send you some more photos is a few weeks to update you on her progress. Other than that she and we are doing really well!
LYLE & LINCOLN
Lyle came home with me in August 2007 and we had a great time together from the start. He is a loud and hilarious cat who loves to play and has tons of energy. He is an amazing hunter and can leap huge distances to catch mice on a string as well as catch toys between his paws. Lyle was abandoned at the pound as a kitten and instead of making him afraid of people, it turned him into an extremely loving pet. He purrs most of the time and likes to be doing whatever anyone else is doing. He always wants to be in on the fun. After Lyle and I had a fun year together we decided that he could maybe use a friend. He has so much love to give that some of it was being wasted when I was out of the house or trying to sleep. We decided that having another friend around might help him cope with times when I couldn’t give him all the attention he loved to get. The wonderful volunteers at Abbeycats helped us find a great companion for Lyle. We needed someone who could take Lyle’s “big” personality and who would like playing as much as Lyle does.
In September 2008, we introduced Lincoln (formerly Cefalu) to his new brother Lyle. When I first met Lincoln he was so scared of new situations that I barely got a look at him before taking him home—luckily for both of us Lincoln’s foster mom knew that he would be a great addition to our family and she was completely right. After adjusting to his new environment, Linc came out of his shell and gives both Lyle and I so much of his sweet little heart. He is still quiet and reserved, but the goodness in him pours out onto anyone lucky enough to meet him. Linc is more wary of new situations than boisterous Lyle, but they have a lot of fun together. They love to chase each other around and are both great at wrestling. Quite often, Lyle will come up with a great idea for some sort of caper (like unrolling an entire roll of toilet paper) and Linc is more than happy to play along.
It took Linc awhile to get used to his new house, but he and Lyle got along from the start. Lyle was happy to have another friend around on whom he could heap his love, and Linc takes Lyle’s attention in stride. Both of them know that they have found a home for good and they help each other live happy lives. Lincoln’s presence has helped Lyle learn that he will always be taken care of because he is part of a family and Lyle has taught Linc that sometimes, getting in to trouble is totally worth it. On cold Ottawa days they can be found sleeping together on the bed or staring out the window at the snow. Both Linc and Lyle appreciate having a brother around to beat up on, scheme with, groom, and most of all, love.
Thank you Abbeycats, Lauren
Hi! Its Ashley. I thought I would email you some pictures of Hercule, well I renamed him Ivan. Hes doing great here with his new friend Sammy who loves him. they enjoy playing and sleeping lots together. I must say he is quite the character. he lives for food. he is constantly in the kitchen when i am cooking and i catch him sleeping beside the garbage bin sometimes just incase something might just so happen to fall out. Ivan likes to steal everything from pens, my jewelry, lip chap to change. I could only get pictures of him sleeping because he is way too fast to catch on camera. enjoy! Thank you for everything :) Ashley
Hi Abbeycats! Thought I would give you a quick update on Angus (formerly known as Herrick). He is doing really really well. He was neutered at the beginning of January and everything went well. He is growing like a weed and is almost as big as my 5 year old cat. When I took him to be neutered we weighed him and he was 9 1/2 lbs! And he's still got lots of growing to do....... He is quite a character, loves to play and he actually sometimes plays "fetch" and brings things to me after I've thrown them for him. He's incredibly affectionate as well and loves to snuggle. He and my older cat are getting on very well, they play a lot and also groom each other too. I've attached a couple of pics so you can see how big he's getting. Thank you, Jacky
KIMA (Formerly Flavia)
Hi Abbeycats, hope you are enjoying the holiday season. I know we are with the new member of the family! It took my boyfriend about 10 seconds to fall in love with her and named her Detective Shakima Greggs (a character from a favourite TV show, The Wire). We call her Kima for short. Kima is a very well-behaved kitty and we are so pleased she is so polite. Nor is she clumsy like the family collie dog who comes for holiday visits. She is adjusting very well we think (and hope) by selecting choice spots for snoozing, greeting us when we come home, and coming to us when we beckon her new name. Thanks so much Marion and Abbeycats. Helen
Yama (aka Bo Jangles) & Kirei at Christmas. They came together for the first time.
I trust you had a great Christmas...so the very best in the new year 2010...and every success to you in all of your endeavours throughout this year. I hope you get to place all the cats that come to you during this year. Sincerely, Art.
Hi Abbeycats!. I just wanted to let you all know how happy I am with adopting Penlow this past summer. I've enjoyed watching her grow from a wee kitty to a large 9 month old still kitten. Despite her abundant growth probably due to being a Maine Coon mix, she has never lost her playfulness and still loves to be cuddled. Abbeycats does a wonderful job finding homes for all their cats and I'm frateful Penlow was able to become part of my family. Thank you all, Lisa.
Hi Abbeycats. My apologies for the delay in sending you this email. Just wanted to say that Andrew is very healthy and doing well. He's still a little ball of energy and extremely curious. He likes to sit in the bathroom window, jump in the shower with you, sleep in the bathroom sink, and occassionally we find him drinking out of the toilet if we forget to put the seat down :-) He never fails to entertain us, is there to greet us when we get home from work, and he loves his cuddle time...usually curling up on your chest and purring constantly. Just wanted to send you our heartfelt thanks for helping us make Andrew part of our family. We love him dearly and it's hard to imagine what life would be like without him. Many Thanks...Cara and Harold