Hello Minnie Moo here - I came into Cats Protection with a neck injury
and was feeling very nervous about everything. I found it difficult to settle at
the centre. Once my neck was almost healed the staff decided that I needed to
have my own personal servant or as they call it a foster carer. I have been in
foster care for about three weeks now and am now looking to employ my own
housekeeper. This temp does her best but its no substitute for a permanent home
I’ll let my servant uh em I’d better say foster carer (she can get a bit touchy
about these things, strange creature) explain more about me and what it’s like
to be in my employ…
Hi I’m Minnie’s foster carer but servant is probably a better description
if I’m honest but then anyone who has owned a cat will know exactly what I
mean. As Minnie has already told you she has been with me for about three weeks
now and that she came into CP with a neck wound and is a nervous cat.
I don’t know a lot about Minnie’s past life but she was very nervous at the CP
centre and hid all the time in her box. Since she has been in foster care with
me at home, although she is still nervous, she has shown positive signs of
Minnie Moo is an interesting character and for a cat that is so nervous, she is
not exactly backwards in coming forwards to let me know if she wants something.
She is also surprisingly not bothered by all kinds of noisy things like
thunderstorms. It just seems like she has never quite got to grips with being
At first she spent any time when I was around squeezed down the side of the
sofa, tucked into the corner against a wall or just
hissing at me whenever I went
anywhere near. She would mostly only come out for food and to use her
litter tray when I was not around. I soon discovered that despite the hissing
she is not immune to the power of Dreamies and that she would come out of
hiding for them and allow me to stroke her whilst she ate them. I also realised
that she was also purring as I stroked her.
Now although she hides away all day she has another bed which although still
hidden is more out in the open, so she appears to be more comfortable in her
surroundings and shows that she is slightly more relaxed. I still find her down
the side of the sofa first thing in the morning which I really think is because
she is waiting for breakfast as I have caught her out and about on several
occasions now as her confidence slowly grows. She also has started to come out
in the evening to meow at me if she wants more food or Dreamies cheeky madam!
However the good bit is at that time I can stroke her and she seems to be ok
She still hisses at me at times but I think this is almost like a reflex
action and despite the hissing she has not shown any real aggression towards me
since she has been in my care.
Minnie is most active in the evening as the sun goes down and will sit on
the window sill and watch the world. She often plays with her toys at night
when I have gone to bed but I have managed to play with her with a fishing rod
toy a couple of times.
I have seen this improvement in a short space of time and think that it is now
time for Minnie to find her permanent/forever home with somebody who is
prepared to accept her as she is and to continue to work with her to increase
her confidence with people.
Being honest, I don’t think she will ever completely give up her independant
ways but with time I think that she may show further improvement and will
reward her new owner/servant in her own unique way. Minnie Moo has obviously been through some trauma that she can't tell us about and needs patience and understanding and love she deserves.
Are you that special someone?
Because of Minnie Moo’s nature we are looking to home her directly from foster
care so if you are interested and either want more information or would
like to offer her a home please contact the adoption centre on tel:01983 562609 or firstname.lastname@example.org