It (was) five o’clock on a Saturday …

… when the regular crowd (finally) shuffled in, after a busy afternoon spent at the local animal shelter. Because we generally enjoy a leisurely start to the weekend with a sleep-in and a lazy breakfast, we rarely find a reason to get out and about to endure the horrendous Saturday traffic.

On this particular Saturday though, we were on a mission. As I mentioned last week, we’ve been thinking of adding a cat to our household menagerie for a while now, so after a lot of thought and planning – we decided to commit.

True to form the traffic was an absolute nightmare, and we spent the long trip practically melting in the car (we still haven’t got around to fixing our air-con). After fighting our way through all those cars, we were very happy to finally arrive at the animal shelter, thinking that the worst of it would now over … boy, we were wrong.

It turned out to be a bit of a Shackleton experience – ‘after today, nothing will be hard, ever again’. I think we chose the busiest Saturday on which to visit the shelter, there were lots of noisy children (with really odd parents), it was hot, we were hungry, there were lots and lots of forms to fill out, and some serious waiting to endure …

A new furry family addition

But none of that really matters now, as this is a tale that ends well. After two-and-a-half hours of painful waiting we were finally able to leave with our newest furry friend. He’s four months old, a beautiful tabby mixed breed, and is just about the most affectionate cat I’ve ever met. This is ‘Jones’ the cat .

We’re slowly introducing him to his older brother Baxter the dog, so until that process is complete Jones will be reigning supreme on the lower level of our house. He’s strictly an indoor cat which means that he won’t be a danger to local wildlife, hopefully won’t be a menace to society in general, and will dissuade the growing population of wild mice from coming inside.

So, what grand adventures did your weekend bring to you? Hopefully things were a little less frustrating, but equally exciting for you?

52 Comments

  1. jan

    What a beautiful face. Being a dog person I was reluctant to bring a cat into our pack, but it has worked out so well that I have convinced two of my friends to add cats to their dog pack.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Jan – He does have the most interesting markings and colourings … I’ll try to get a better photo of him soon (he’s tricky to keep still). I’m glad to hear that you were able to successfully integrate a cat into your doggy pack … it’s early days for us yet, but Baxter and the cat seem to be doing pretty well together (thank goodness).

  2. Kylie

    Awwww, cutie! Welcome Mr Jones!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Kylie – He’s such a sweetheart … I’ve forgotten how lovely the sound of a cat purring is! πŸ™‚

  3. Ian

    What a majestic little man. May he cuddle you through many Winters.
    You know though that Lee will start calling him Indie before too long πŸ˜‰

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Ian – He is rather majestic, he’s already been keeping me warm the last few nights. Indie is definitely too ready a nickname. πŸ˜‰

  4. Erika Lee Sears

    AWWWW adorable! How did pick the name? I love the new addition to your family.

    Nothing to exciting for me πŸ™‚ just trying to get back in the swing of things of regular life.

    E

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Erika – Thanks! As for picking his name … well we went through a lot of different options, and given that Lee is a pop culture guru, he was trying to find something kind of related – none of the other names really worked. We even considered ‘Indiana’ for a while given that he’s a bit of an explorer, but ‘Jones’ seemed to really suit him! πŸ™‚

      I hope your week is travelling well so far.
      xx

  5. Gabrielle Bryden

    What a cutey πŸ™‚ Congrats on your new puddy tat. Your trip to the shelter sounds horrible but all working out in the end.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Gabrielle – Thanks so much … he is a lovely little kitty. I don’t think I’ve ever had such a painful animal adoption experience, but the RSPCA can’t be faulted given the excellent work that they do … it was just one of those days where lots of little bits add together to create absolute chaos.

      It’s all good now that we have Jones at home with us! πŸ™‚

  6. Lucent Imagery

    OH guess what song just entered my head? Dr Jones, Dr Jones, calling Dr Jones! circa 1998??? What were they called again? Is that even the words??!! Oh dear…. Let’s start again….
    Jones is gorgeous!!! He reminds me of one of my childhood cats. I’m glad you persevered through the chaotic shelter experience to bring love to his life. I guess it’s a good thing that the shelter was crazy – there must be a lot of people out there wanting to adopt an animal into their household. Looking forward to seeing more of you Mr Jones.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Lucent Imagery – Haha, oh dear … don’t you hate it when you get a song like that stuck in your head?? I think that Dr Jones song was by ‘Aqua’, wasn’t it?

      I’m glad you think Jones is gorgeous too … he’s certainly added a new dimension to our household. That’s a great point you raise about the shelter being so busy … it’s definitely a positive to know so many wonderful pets found lovely new homes that day (we saw many of them walk by us after their adoptions).
      πŸ™‚

  7. Hayley Cafarella

    Hurrah! New furbabies are wonderful πŸ™‚ xx

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Hayley – Agreed! New furbabies are the best!! We’re just remembering how different cats are from dogs … it’s rather fascinating, and also lovely to see his personality develop.
      πŸ™‚

  8. fairchildstreet

    Oh his is beautiful. We spent a few hours at the local skate/scooter park so my son could use up his energy. Charmaine

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Charmaine – Thank you! I’ll try and get some better photos of him another day … he doesn’t seem to sit still for too long at all.

      I hope the hours you spent at the local skate park were successful in tiring your son out – it’s great that there’s a park like that nearby. πŸ™‚

  9. hila

    oh so cute!! He looks so much like my cat when I first got him. I just adore Jones! Good idea to keep him indoors as cats are notorious for getting run over – that’s how my first cat died and I was devastated. The cat I have now is an indoor cat, I learnt my lesson.

    Enjoy your new bundle of fur πŸ™‚

    p.s. I’ve tagged you on my blog, see my latest post.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Hila – He is a cutie. It’s funny you mention his resemblance to your cat … when I was at the shelter, I saw a kitty that looked just like a cat I had as a child … they’re all so beautiful, the only trouble was coming away with just one new family member! πŸ˜‰

      Oh that’s terrible about your first cat … I expect that my dog doesn’t have the best level of road sense, so he’s largely an indoor, well-behind-the-fence kind of dog. Indoor is definitely better for so many reasons.

      I am enjoying the furry goodness (even though we didn’t mean to come away with a medium-hair cat, so we’re getting used to a new kind of fur appearing everywhere).

      PS. Thanks for the tag, I’ll probably put my response together next week.
      πŸ™‚

  10. sofia

    Hi Jones πŸ™‚ love love cats and Jones is adorable πŸ™‚

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Sofia – Jones says a big ‘hello’ back to you! (well he actually said ‘meow’, but I’m sure that’s what he meant). πŸ˜‰

  11. Katie Yang

    Hi Jones! He’s beautiful! πŸ™‚ What a great addition to your family!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Katie – I’m happy to hear you think he’s beautiful too … he’s certainly making his presence felt in the household! πŸ˜‰

  12. Jess

    He is gorgeous πŸ˜€ I hope he and Baxter love each other, I’m sure they will!
    Getting another kitty is in the works for us – once we get back from our trip ton England – so I have to wait until August…

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Jess – They seem to be doing OK so far, poor Baxter just doesn’t quite understand this strange little dog yet! πŸ˜‰
      Ohhh … how lovely you’re planning on getting another kitty, even if you have to wait a little longer (it seems they are addictive). πŸ˜‰

  13. bobbi

    I love him, I love him, I love him!!!!!!
    I am so happy you saved him. Happy he will be an indoor cat. Unless you don’t live in open country or have a alcatraz-like garden where a cat can’t escape from, cats are best kept inside. People don’t realize how much danger they can cause if left outside. I have recently bumped my car to avoid hitting a cat that lives in a house next to my shop. Anyway I am sooo happy. I’m sure he and Baxter will become great friends! Well done girl!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Bobbi – Isn’t he just the sweetest? (well apart from your beautiful cats of course!) πŸ˜‰
      I totally agree that cats are best kept indoors, they can get up to far too much trouble when they get outside … both for themselves and for other wildlife.

      I’m sure Baxter and Jones will eventually become great friends – I can’t quite believe how well they’re already getting on! πŸ˜€

  14. Camila F.

    Ohhhh…Jones is so cute! I’m so proud of you for addopting, that’s an amazing thing to do! Looking forward to see more pictures of him!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Camila – He is rather lovely (if I do say so myself). While the experience was a long one, we can’t imagine adding a kitty to our family any other way than via adoption at the animal shelter. I’ll be sure to share more pictures of him soon (no doubt you’ll all get sick of seeing him!) πŸ˜‰

  15. sarah

    Well, it was definitely all worth it in the end because he is sooo lovely, such a sweet face and pretty colouring too. Hope he settles in soon. x

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Sarah – Indeed! All the trials and tribulations of the day are not all that important now that we have brought our little man home to stay with us. We can see how much he is growing in confidence by the day, and we’re probably more worried about the dog being scared of him, than the other way around! πŸ˜‰
      xx

  16. Krystal/Village

    Jones is the COOLEST name ever. Seriously. I love it….and he is so cute!!!!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Krystal – Haha, he’s one cool cat so he definitely needed a cool name! πŸ™‚
      He is a funny little fellow, a bit of a handful (in all the best kinds of ways) … but I suppose all kittens are! πŸ™‚

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  18. ejorpin

    Great name and great looking kitty! Welcome Jones πŸ™‚

    I find most days are equal parts frustration and excitement, it’s just a matter of trying to focus on the good bit (doesn’t always work, but I try!)

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Emily – Thanks for your warm Jones welcome! (he very much appreciates it).
      I agree that trying to focus on the good bits in any day is the very best way to be … I’m trying to do more of that, but sometimes the frustrations can get the better of me.
      All we can do is aim for positivity as often as we can I think! πŸ™‚

  19. PRIMOEZA

    he he πŸ™‚ sounds like a terrible ‘labour’ but now you get to enjoy the new baby.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Primoeza – Haha, that’s a very appropriate way to look at it! πŸ˜‰
      He’s certainly a little bundle of (furry) joy! πŸ™‚

  20. louise

    What a love! I’m sure Jones will be ever so happy in his new home and thank-you everyday for enduring that traffic, heat, lack of food and many forms to bring him home. xolj

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Louise – He is a dear one. Given that he’s such a wonderful little fellow, it makes all that bother and frustration worth it in the end. I’ve forgotten how lovely life with a cat can be! πŸ™‚

  21. sandrine

    Oh Congratulations Tracey, Jones is really cute and I wish you all the very best life together :)Our dogs are little rescued ones too!Good luck with the big brother though πŸ™‚
    Sandrine x

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Sandrine – Thanks so much, he is a very sweet and very affectionate little cat. I can’t wait to see him grow up each day. I can’t imagine not adopting pets from the animal shelter … it’s lovely to give them a new home! πŸ™‚
      He and his brother are getting on quite well at the moment, so I’m keeping fingers crossed that the war between dogs and cats can be called a truce in our household! πŸ˜‰

  22. Mel

    Oh, my! But well worth it, huh? πŸ™‚ He’s lovely! How’s he settling in?

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Mel – Oh yes, all the bother and trouble was most definitely worth it in the end … I think we just suffered from some bad timing.

      He’s a lovely little cat, and he’s settling in very well … him and the dog are getting along incredibly well (so far, so good). πŸ™‚

  23. Rol

    That’s a very pretty kitty. Well done to you and Lee for giving him such a good home.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Rol – He is a lovely little gentleman. We’re just looking forward to the day when he settles down to more of a relaxed pace of living … his crazy kitten moods can be hard to keep up with! πŸ˜‰

  24. katie

    he’s just lovely – a little reminiscent of spooky, no? hope the siblings are getting along. xx kmc

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Katie – I’m glad you think so! πŸ™‚
      I would definitely say there is a resemblance to Spooky … he’s almost like a smaller, brown version of him.
      Jones and Baxter are getting along well so far – the poor dog doesn’t quite understand why Jones has to get his claws out all the time (I’m sure he’ll get the idea soon, and just get out of the way).
      Take care of yourself.
      xx

  25. Jan

    Hi Tracey
    I wanted to reply when you first put this post up but there didn’t seem to be a reply box!! He looks adorable and you must have got him from the RSPCA at Fairfield which is where I got my girl cat (Sam, short for Samantha). She is part Siamese and very affectionate, she looked very much like a Birman when I got her but she changed to silver tabby at about 6 months. My boy cat Ben s a pure bred Siamese Red Point. I reckon Siamese are as close to a dog as you can get without being a dog! They are at the door when I come home from work and follow me around. Mine are indoors only as well until we can erect a fence around the front garden that will be cat proofed so that they can’t get out. We did that at our last place and the cats had all day access to a huge courtyard. He sounds like a cutey.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Jan – Sorry you couldn’t leave a comment the first time around, sometimes these sites just get a mind of their own and cause all sorts of problems.

      We did indeed get Jones from the Fairfield RSPCA … and I have a feeling he may be similar to your lovely Sam, in that he is a bit of a mix, perhaps with a Siamese or something similar … he has that kind of structure to his face. Your lovely cats sound beautiful, and very full of distinct personalities … how lovely that they greet you at the door! πŸ™‚

      That’s a great idea to cat proof your front garden, I’ve been thinking of doing something similar with our front balcony, so that Jones has access to some ‘outside’ air and sunshine from time to time.

    2. Jan

      Hi Tracey, you might be interested in looking at Catmax – http://www.catmax.com, my vet at the Creek Road Cat Surgery has an enclosure for cats and kittens inside the surgery and another outdoor one where the surgery cats can go outside – it will depend on whether you like the look or not, the netting has quite big squares so I quite like it as it doesn’t look too much like a “jail”. It seems to be very sturdy as the cats climb up it as well. The outside one at the surgery surrounds a courtyard and then has a top bit that curves inward so that they can’t climb out.

      At my other place, Dad made some brackets and fixed them all around the top of the fence and then nailed some 20 cm wide trellis wire to the top of the brackets, so that when they went to jump, they had the optical illusion that there was something there that would stop them. I had 2 Siamese boys then and they never got out but we did have a couple of little visitors who managed to get in and out, I was always worried that my boys would get the idea. When I got Sam though, she was a little Houdini and escaped several times until Dad nailed the wiring down in a few more places so that she couldn’t scoot up the the fence and under it because it was only nailed down on the brackets and not the whole way along. She used to get out where there was a cross bar, and use that to jump up and get her little head under the wire – she gave us a few heart attack moments. Now, good or bad, she is firmly earth bound as she is a bit chubby!

      Hope you enjoy the rest of the holiday πŸ™‚

      1. tracey (Post author)

        Hi Jan – Thanks for the Catmax tip … I think we’re going to use something like that for a semi-outdoor enclosure for Jones. He’ll then be able to get ‘outside’ and soak up some sun amongst the plants, without getting himself or the local wildlife into trouble. I actually think the cat netting doesn’t look all that bad.

        It sounds like your dad did an amazing job at your other place to make the outdoors a wonderful place for your cats to be. That’s very clever!

        Haha, speaking of chubby cats … Jones just went to the vet today and apparently he’s a little overweight … I’m not sure how that happened as he doesn’t eat all that much and he exercises like a mad cat … it’ll be food rations for him for a little while! πŸ˜‰

        1. Jan

          Well Sam doesn’t eat much at all but she expends NO energy, hence she is a bit chubby. The most she does is wander from her sleeping place to the food dish, but although I am supposed to put her on a diet, how do you explain that to a cat – it’s for your own good honey, I know you’re hungry!! I just can’t do it. So long as she doesn’t get any chubbier! I let Ben outside with me supervising him and that works quite well, but because of time constraints I can’t spend too long outside. I am going to let Sammy out tomorrow for a bit of a wander as well as I am on holiday for a week – I will be with her of course. I am sure if they could both get outdoors they have plenty to be interested in but when you weigh up the pros and cons, they are going to have to be indoor cats. Hopefully we will get the courtyard done soon so that they can go out a bit more.

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