As many of you know, my family and I have been fostering rescue cats through North Queensland Animal Rescue for a little while now.
All up, we have fostered a total of 10 cats now, and it has been a truly rewarding experience for our entire family.
It is also very ironic that before fostering cats, I had never ever owned one, to be honest, I actually thought cats hated me!
February this year one of our foster cats was delivered to us.
She had been found wandering the streets, and once more research had been done, we realized that she had been missing for 6 weeks, being fed by lovely people in a nearby old peoples home.
She shot out of her cat carrier the moment she arrived, running to hide in the darkness under Kiara’s bed. Whenever anyone came near, she would howl in fear and visibly shake. There was even a very cranky hiss to be heard at times.
Though I wasn’t ever scared of her, I could tell the poor thing was just so frightened.
It was our daughters turn to name a cat, so she choose “Sparkles”
It took forever to gain her trust, and still for weeks she would hide away.
That serious look never left her face.
Then slowly she got a bit more used to us, allowing an occasional pat, but any sharp movements would have her sprinting off scared.
I did all I could to show her I could be trusted, and to help her feel safe.
I made sure she had easily accessible hiding spots, and I would talk to her in a soft soothing voice.
Slowly, we got there, though some days I felt it was one step forward, two steps back.
She started to come out of hiding more often, however, whenever someone other than family came over, she could not be found again.
I also was afraid to admit, but I was falling in love, and hard.
A few people showed interest in Sparkles, but the moment they would come, she would run off again, sometimes just crying loudly from her spot, and being visibly shaken for hours to come.
In July, Jamie made the executive decision and suggested we adopt Sparkles, neither of us could see her easily transferring to yet another new home when it had taken 5 months of hard work for us to gain her trust.
For a while I really thought her name did not suit her, many people would say
“Sparkles is not really very “Sparkly” is she?”
Now I realize it suits her to a tee.
We were fortunate enough to watch an amazing transformation.
We were lucky enough to watch a scared little kitty turn into a lovely,trusting cat.
I think we got to witness the wonderful.
We got to witness Sparkles Shine.
Then it was real!
We owned our first cat!
Jamie chuckles to himself quite often when Spakles runs after me in the house, or when she jumps on my lap as we watch tv, she has also taken to sleeping at my feet every night.
“To think you used to think cats hate you” he says
“That one is in love with you”
I proudly reply back
“And I am in love with her”