How are we all? It’s been a while hasn’t it? There’s a lot to catch up on, a lot has been going on and there are a lot of changes going on. All that can wait for now though right? I’ll share the most exciting part first.
Towards the end of June, something in me told me it may be time to let another baby girl into our home. Not because I’m over Leica, I never will be, but there was just something in my gut telling me that this was the time.
For one thing, I was seeing countless posts from all the cat related pages I follow all sharing their own version of the same sad story. Un-neutered female, brought into rescue with her kittens, all needing to be homed. Rescues are full to bursting at this time of year, so seriously, if you’re a cat owner, please get them neutered and spare the suffering.
It all felt a little different this time around. Neko and Leica had both come into our lives by chance, so actively seeking out a new arrival didn’t quite feel the same. Neko and Leica both felt as though there were meant to be ours, how would we know who would be right for us when we’re actively seeking one out? Would there be bias? Would we make the right decision? I reached out to the best person I could think of for help. The wonderful Lisa from Fur and Feathers.
Lisa showed us a litter of adorable black and white kittens who were available straight away, and sure enough there was one who caught our eye, due to her name. The kittens were being fostered by a lovely lady called Diane, so we got in touch and arranged to go and meet them, just to see if I was able to bond with a new one yet. As excited as I was, I couldn’t help but feel a little guilty.
We went to meet the kittens one evening, and got to spend some time with them and their lovely Mummy. Joe was in his absolute element, he loves cats more than I do, so getting to sit on the floor and be covered in kittens is his idea of heaven. We fed them dreamies and played with them. The one I had originally be drawn to was the shyest one out of the litter, she was a little more hesitant and not as out going as her brothers and sisters, but knowing full well, that sometimes the shy ones just need the right environment they can thrive. That coupled with something in her sweet nature helped us to decide she was the one for us. So the following week, we went to pick her up.
What was it about her, that drew her to us? I hear you ask. Well, her name was Laura! It felt like a sign, a sign that would make her stand out to me and ensure she found her home with us. She was meant to be outs just as much as Neko and Leica, all we needed was a little hint.
Naturally, having two Lauras in the house would be confusing, so we set about thinking of the name. We decided to go with another Japanese name to go with Neko, but it would need to have a good meaning as well as suit her character.
After a few days of going back and forth, we finally settled on Yumi. It means ‘Friend,’
Now for the bit you’ve all been waiting for….
We’ve had her for about a month now, and she is growing in to those ears she has! She’s actually quite the cheeky little minx and is far more outgoing than we thought she’d be.
It’s safe to say that we’re all in love with her, apart from Neko who still seems a little confused by her arrival. She is totally different to Leica, and in a way I am glad because that means I can’t compare them and learn to love them both for the unique little characters they are.
So there you have it. We’re a family of four once again. I promise updates on all the rest of it as soon as I can. But, in the meantime, please take a look at the work Fur and Feathers do, and if you can, please donate a little something. They are small charity but really do wonderful work for the animals of Birmingham.