|Rex Cat Club||
7 yr Old Brother & Sister Rosie & Hugo - March '16
The very popular duo, who swept social media to find a home, have succeeded!
This sweet chatty pair found an indoor home together and Rosie is now on a diet to reduce her weight.
Two Devoted Devon Sisters - NOW REHOMED
FLO & RUBY
Flo and Ruby, two Devon Rex girls, came from South Wales into foster care with me in April 2010. They were believed to be mother and daughter. Their owner had died and following this they were re homed to a young couple who split up after a year and the girl left them with her mother. The mother kept them in a shed for a while not wanting them, before handing Flo and Ruby into a rescue centre in a very thin and poor state.
They were there for about six months before the Rex Cat Club Welfare was asked for help in re-homing them as the rescue centre was inundated with moggies. They kindly bought them to Surrey. Before Flo and Ruby arrived my friend Anne Delnevo, Welfare Officer warned me not to get “too attached” to them (I had adopted my previous foster cats).
Both girls are torties – Flo being dark chocolate with silver and cream and Ruby red and black. I collected them from Anne, both cats were very friendly and when we arrived home walked around the room exploring not at all concerned. One had been vomiting and I quickly established this was Ruby. As this continued there followed a few trips to our vet before eventually she was diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease. We suspected this had been going on for some time but had very little history and no dates of birth or ages for them. We had vaccination certificates which stated they were both nine years old in 2008 - unlikely if they were mother and daughter. My vet contacted the veterinary practice who issued the certificates but they were unable to provide dates of birth or much information.
Ruby and Flo quickly settled in with me in the spare bedroom and seemed happy and content. A month went by there had been no enquiries for them. I put up the wire door on their room so they could see out and my other six cats. Ruby was not keen on this and it became obvious that she did not like other cats, only Flo. One of my cats, Silas hated them and would try to attack them if the opportunity arose. One day he hit Flo so aggressively in the eye it caused a corneal ulcer to develop, I was so upset that this had happened and it took weeks of veterinary attention and eye drops to heal. After this I made sure that Silas had no direct contact with the girls.
Weeks turned into months and there had been very few enquiries for my girls. Flo and Ruby wound their little paws tighter and tighter round my heart and I started to worry. Would anyone else understand their funny little ways? Flo adored food – I have yet to find something she does not like, she is really funny the way she sucks it up making noises. Ruby had a special diet to help her digestion and needed frequent veterinary attention – would any new owner accept this? Flo had this funny, waddling, walk and could not jump or climb as her legs are stiff. Most people want to adopt younger cats; Flo and Ruby were estimated to be about twelve and ten with Flo being the older. It had become impossible “not to get too attached”. Flo and Ruby were now part of the family and I could not imagine life without them.
Against all odds I adopted them and hope they are happy living with me. It is not ideal with Silas behaving as he does but we manage. Flo and Ruby live in their room but come out frequently when Silas is in another part of the house. Both girls have enjoyed the summer sitting in the garden on warmer days, eating grass and enjoying the sunshine.
Sadly the Rex Cat Club Welfare usually have older cats either in care or on the waiting list for adoption and I would say to anyone thinking of adopting a cat, do consider an older one. Flo and Ruby are adorable, so affectionate, and incredibly beautiful with their soft, curly, mottled fur. I could not wish for more loving cats and however long or short the time we have left together is I will never regret adopting them.
Rex Welfare Successful