OLIVER and BETH came to C.L.A.W.S. in the autumn of 2016 and are now are about 2 ½ years old.
We are often asked ‘Why isn’t Oliver up for adoption – he is such a friendly little boy ‘ ?
And indeed he is. He likes nothing better than cuddling up beside you and rolling over on his back to have his tummy tickled. In fact, he is a real character entertaining us with his hilarious antics. He is yet to grasp the fact that if he whacks Meg or Ruby they are likely to whack him back !
If this happens he crouches down, screws up his face and close his eyes! ‘What have I done to deserve such treatment ‘ ? But it isn’t long before he is off again seeing what new mischief he can get up to !
But there is another side to Oliver – his fear of noises. And not necessarily loud ones – two stainless steel feeding dishes clattering together spook him, the raucous cry of the magpies gets him in a spin and the lawn mower sends him running to hide behind his bed.
Out in a garden he is bound to encounter such noises. What would he do ? Almost certainly run away from them – and then might not be able to find his way home. We can’t take that chance. And, of course, we wouldn’t want to separate him from Beth.
Beth is still shy. When she, along with Oliver, Meg and Ruby, moved to the new enclosure she took up residence on the roof of the cat cabin (the higher a cat can get the safer it feels) only descending when all was quiet.
Recently she has started coming down on to the roof on the litter tray compartment when she sees food coming and even gets up on to the shelf overlooking the fields to eat it sometimes. Now she is always waiting there when she sees one of the carers coming with treats.
It has taken a long time but at last she is gaining confidence and we are hopeful that this trend will continue.