Annie wanted a cat (preferably a British Shorthair) ever since she could think, but it was never the right time. Shortly after she moved in with her boyfriend, they heard of an abandoned 3-week old kitten. It was fate, so they adopted him.
Mr. Mau was way too young when he became part of their family. There’s a critical period in kitten development — between four and 14 weeks of age— when a kitten’s personality is shaped by his or her experiences. During the time with their mother and litter mates, kittens learn important lessons such as bite and scratch inhibition — how to use their teeth and claws cautiously — as well as other perceptual, motor, and social skills.
Mr. Mau did not get this opportunity. He learned most of what he knew from his human parents. So, slowly, he started to act like them. He slept like a human (in the bed and on his back), went to cafés with them and sat at the table with them. He literally sat on a chair with his paws on the table!
1,5 years later, he got hit by a car. Coming home to an empty apartment was too much to bear, so they went to the shelter for the first time. Momo was found emaciated, roaming the streets with a gift ribbon around her neck.
She was battling a cold but seemed very interested and curious. They instantly fell in love with her, took her home and nursed her back to health. Soon it became clear that they couldn’t leave her alone all day while we were gone – so they went back to the shelter to get her a sister.
Cleo was found on a parking lot. She was only 10 weeks old and had broken hind legs, so she had to wear an external fixture for about two months until her bones grew back together. The vets really did one hell of a job! She can’t really sit like a cat, her hip is quite underdeveloped and has she a high risk of arthritis – other than that, she’s healthy and good-spirited.
Seeing Momo and Cleo run around and playing with each other warms her heart every single day. Who knows where they might have ended up if they hadn’t adopted them? Shelters are overcrowded. But they are full of healthy, sweet and smart animals who were surrendered not because of their behaviour but generally due to the issues of their guardians. Visit your local shelter before buying a cat. You might find the perfect cats – like Annie did!
You can follow Momo’s and Cleo’s adventures on Instagram or read their full story on their website www.2chaoscats.de!