Crunchie is our 10 month old mischievous kitten who has brought much love and laughter into our home. He is a rescue kitten, found dumped on the side of the road with his mother and 3 siblings in a cardboard box. It was estimated the kittens were around 4 weeks old when they were found. He was taken to a foster carer and at 8 weeks old we brought him home. My daughter said that was the best day of her life! He came home in December 2016. The first day of the school holidays.
|The day we brought him home|
He was named Crunchie after the chocolate bar, by his foster carer. My daughter and husband said it suited him, so the name stuck. Our previous cat was named Oreo, are you seeing the theme?
We haven't had a kitten for our long time and I forgot how much work they could be. The first week my husband slept downstairs with him at night so he didn't feel lonely. It was like having a new baby! He constantly wanted to play and if anything moved he was pouncing on it, even if you accidently moved your toes while watching TV. When we wanted to rest he ALWAYS wanted to play. He needed feeding around 4 times a day. But I must say he was litter box trained so thankfully there were no problems there. However there were screens to be climbed especially if he saw a moth or gecko, curtains to hang off and paper to chew up. Lucky he was cute!
Even now, we are always laughing at something he is doing. He may not be the most handsome looking cat, but he is full of character. My daughter just loves him, and told me the other day, she couldn't imagine her life without him. He sleeps on her bed every night and when my husband goes to bed, he puts him in the laundry. When he gets let out in the morning, he gets fed, then runs straight up to see my daughter (often waking her by walking all over her and sniffing her face). He is very aware of our routines.
|Best buddies from the beginning|
Crunchie is always around when I go about my daily tasks. If I open a cupboard, he is in it. If I run upstairs to grab something, he runs after me (and always beats me, I didnt know it was a race!) When I am cooking, he is at my feet or supervising at the breakfast bar and when we are relaxing, he is always around. He even sits on the bathmat and waits while we are showering, lately opening the shower door!
He is like no other cat I have ever had. He is very comfortable around children, he has an easy going nature and the vets always comment on how placid he is when he visits. He can be carried around and he doesn't mind a tummy rub or playing dress ups!
I have always had cats growing up and love their presence in my life. There is a feeling of comfort they provide by just being there.
But Crunchie's short life hasn't always been smooth sailing. And I''ll write about that in another post.