Wel­come

Cornwall Life - - WELCOME - CAROL BURNS,

Ear­lier this year, the Burns house­hold found it­self bro­ken-hearted by the death of our fam­ily cat of 15 years; Sea­mus Aloy­sius was a mem­ber of our fam­ily in pretty much ev­ery way. He ate first, even be­fore our in­fant son. He had the run of the house and could of­ten be found es­chew­ing any pur­pose-bought sleep sta­tion in favour of curl­ing up in the bath­room shower tray. He quickly earned the nick­name Shame­less Avari­cious, thanks to our in­abil­ity to open a fridge or cup­board door with­out his plain­tive cries for a share. But de­spite it all, and to quote my hus­band: ‘I liked that cat more than I liked most peo­ple’.

The house im­me­di­ately felt the loss of the pat­ter of paws. And we found our­selves pe­rus­ing the Cats Pro­tec­tion adop­tion cen­tre web­site, where kit­tens and older cats awaited new homes. With more than 100 cats await­ing space in the adop­tion cen­tre, we found our­selves go­ing home with Truf­faut – a 12-week-old kit­ten, named af­ter the 1960s French film di­rec­tor. His black and white face re­sem­bles a su­per­hero mask and has cap­tured the imag­i­na­tion of my son and his fe­line-lov­ing friends.

I’m told by the staff there will be plenty of kit­tens ar­riv­ing at the cen­tre dur­ing Septem­ber, as strays find them­selves giv­ing birth or fam­i­lies find them­selves un­able to care for sur­prise ad­di­tions to their fam­i­lies (cats can get breed at just a few months old). There are many older cats in need of homes that carry fas­ci­nat­ing (and some­times heart­break­ing) back sto­ries, some of which we hope to tell in our so­cial me­dia plat­forms. Of course cats are far from the only species look­ing for new homes and we hope to feature some of those too.

So what would Sea­mus think of his re­place­ment? I think he would de­clare us cat-com­pe­tent, af­ter in­ten­sively train­ing us. And as any sec­ond-time around cat owner knows, there are all kinds of cats in the world, but never the same cat twice. Cer­tainly the chances of the Burns fam­ily not find­ing it­self with yet an­other new mem­ber are low. Mean­while find your new fam­ily mem­ber at cats.org.uk/corn­wall

‘As any sec­ond-time around cat owner knows, there are all kinds of cats in the world, but never the same cat twice.’

Truf­faut be­gan life in a Newquay gar­den and joined the Burns house­hold af­ter a spell at Cats Pro­tec­tion

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