I can’t believe that I’m just only introducing my kittens now. There’s a 110% chance that you’ve seen them both already as I’m posting them everywhere, constantly. I’ve wanted a kitten for as long as I can remember, I’ve asked for years, and I even took to posting kittens constantly across my feeds to drop the hint to my parents. Mid-November this year my mum finally agreed after we visited the Sheffield Cat Cafe and I almost cried in public. We had always been put off because of the kitten upsetting our older cat Gypsy but we were prepared to keep them separate and take it really slowly. Exactly a week after my mum said yes, my little baby Anya was home and settling in from the very first day. We really did want to adopt from a shelter but it isn’t cat season and no one near Sheffield had any kittens at all.
The first night Anya played with us all, we all immediately loved her. My dad and I couldn’t stop staring at her on the way back. We saw both of her parents who were a Turkish Angora and White Russian, both stunning cats. It was a 3 hour round trip and worth every second. The first night Anya slept in the gap between the bottom of my bed and the wall, the next night she slept on my chest. She settled in so quickly and we really bonded immediately. She melts my heart on a daily basis. The plan was to get two kittens but after me and Anya had bonded so much, I really didn’t want her to not bother with me anymore, or to be upset by the new kitten. It sounds selfish I know, but she was exactly what I needed in my life.
Two weeks later our older cat suddenly became very sick and we soon found out that Gypsy had cancer. We didn’t want her to suffer and so we chose to have her put to sleep in the comfort of our home. It was the kindest thing to do but it was a seriously sad decision. Even though we all talked about it and made the decision together, saying it out loud and it actually happening was heartbreaking. The house immediately felt empty without Gypsy. Anya had only been coming downstairs for an hour or two whilst she was out, so waking up that morning without Gypsy there after 14+ years, it was awful. We hated it.
It made me change my mind completely, a 3 story house for one small kitten just seemed too much, and my mum (obviously before Gypsy passed) was a little sad about me not wanting a second kitten. So I started looking again and as soon as I saw Bella, I knew she was the one! I said I would only change my mind for a Ragdoll or Siamese cat and fortunately, Bella is part Ragdoll! Mum, my best friend (Ryan) and I headed to see her that night and it was instant love. Out of 7 kittens, Bella was the only one who stayed in the room with us to play and fuss. She was so fluffy, tiny, beautiful and still is. A couple days later we went to pick her up and brought her home. We kept Anya and Bella separate for a few hours like the specialists recommend, but soon enough they were together.
It wasn’t great at the start, Anya really wasn’t impressed but around a week later, they were grooming each other, sleeping together, and now they’re loving sisters! We’re all in love, everyone is so needy for their attention, we all fight for their affection. They both sleep with me at night and they’ve helped me so much. I’m not hiding the fact that the only reason my mum agreed is because my depression has been so awful this year. I finally asked my doctor for help and now I’m on antidepressants but they’re not an instant fix. My mum thought the kittens would make me want to get up more even on bad days, and make me happier and she was right. They’re the best thing to happen to me.
Having a little tiny creature love and depend on you is amazing. They snuggle me, nap just as much as I do, they’re always learning new things and doing something that makes me laugh and smile. They’re just amazing.
To celebrate my new kittens I’m giving away a Songmics Cat Tower worth £45! Anya and Bella absolutely obsess over this tower and they’re always on it, it’s definitely their favourite toy. The little ladder is amazing for Bella as she’s a lot smaller than Anya (they’re only two weeks apart).
It’s a huge three storey cat tower, in a beautiful grey colour and it was shockingly easy to put together. It took Alfie around 1.5 hours and to say he’s not assembled many things before, I think that’s rather good! It’s easy to move and clean, and compared to some of the towers I’ve seen at other places, the price is amazing!