‘Toots & Mikey’

Claire’s Cats

Me and my husband currently have two sibling cats, called Toots and Mikey (I let my husband name them – short for ‘two turntables’ and ‘a microphone’… he used to be a DJ!)

They came to us a few months after we lost our last cat Boo to mouth cancer in 2014. My friend and then next-door neighbour, Helen, had taken on a queen with her litter of five 10-day old kittens, which she was fostering for a charity named Portsmouth Second Chance.

Toots (or Pickle Pants as she was known at the time) was a tiny runt who wouldn’t suckle at all and suffered from horrendous diarrhoea. There were times when we thought she wouldn’t pull through, but thanks to Helen and her boyfriend’s stubbornness and the two of them force-feeding her through the wee hours for several weeks, she finally turned a corner and has never looked back.

We realised she had quite a significant overbite, which was probably why she couldn’t suckle – being unable to clamp onto the nipple properly. When it was time to find forever homes for the litter, Helen couldn’t possibly let her go to just anybody, so who better to have the precious little runt than a cat vet?

Toots is a very special girl, she is my shadow and my muse, and is generally not far from my side when I’m home. Her favourite hobbies are playing with Da Bird and kneading a big soft toy tiger.

Mikey is a big handsome boy, with possibly some type of pedigree genes – he is so gentle and laid back, I think there might be a bit of Ragdoll in him (by the way, did you know that kittens from the same litter can have different fathers?). His favourite hobbies are eating and sleeping, but he is quite sociable and regularly pops into neighbours’ houses to say hello!

Toots came with her favourite brother, Mikey, into the Zentveld family, and we now dote on the pair of them.

The Five Freedoms of Animal Welfare

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  1. Freedom From Hunger and Thirst
  2. Freedom From Discomfort
  3. Freedom From Pain, Injury or Disease
  4. Freedom to Express Normal Behaviour
  5. Freedom From Fear and Distress

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