A love affair in Mooroopna
FOUR CATS AND TWO DOGS AT KERRY CASBURN’S HOUSE CHARM WITH THEIR ANTICS AND STRONG BOND
With four cats and two dogs getting up to antics, there is always something to entertain you in Kerry Casburn’s house.
When Kerry, her son Kayleb Casburn and his partner, Kira Cabot, all ended up living under the same roof again in Mooroopna, it meant a pooling of their pets into one household — for the time being, anyway.
It was also the start of a beautiful love affair for two of the cats — Psycho and Ripple — and Kayleb and Kira know that when they move out, they will probably have to leave behind Ripple because Psycho has “claimed ownership” of him.
Kerry got Psycho — named because she scratches for no reason — about four or five years ago.
While she only comes for pats from her owners when she wants pats, Psycho has developed a close relationship with three-year-old Ripple.
The two cats sleep together, play together and lick each other.
Kira said Ripple was quiet and wouldn’t come out of the bedroom when they moved in with Kerry.
“He’s now come out of his shell a lot,” she said.
The two cats aren’t the only furry members of the household who have developed a bond.
Four-year-old cat Mooney and bull Arab cross Irish wolfhound Panda also love to curl up together for a sleep.
Kerry calls Mooney her “foster fail”.
She had initially fostered him, but when Kayleb — who lived in Wagga Wagga at the time — saw a photo of Mooney he immediately wanted them to keep him.
Mooney is a snuggly cat, and when he is not sleeping with Panda, Kerry says he always wants to sleep in someone’s arms.
“He’s the biggest purrer,” Kerry said.
“Normally I just have to look at him and he starts purring.”
Most definitely the biggest of all the pets, five-year-old Panda is described as “the mum of the group” by Kira.
As well as looking after Mooney, Panda looks out for the much smaller, but much older, dog Gypsy.
Panda has also developed an innate sense as a ‘diabetes dog’ of sorts, and won’t leave Kerry — a diabetic — alone if her sugar levels drop too low.
And she loves to cuddle her humans, but can be very goofy at times, especially because of her size.
“She still thinks she’s tiny. She’ll roll on the floor and push the couch out of the way,” Kira said.
Gypsy, a Maltese shih tzu, is the oldest of the furry members of the house at 13 years.
She also loves being around people and when Kayleb had to work from home recently Gypsy insisted on being in his arms while he worked at the computer.
She also likes to sit on Kerry’s nephews’ laps while they are home-schooling.
Gypsy is also a big fan of belly rubs.
“Every time you go to pat her she will roll on her back,” Kira said.
Foley, a 21⁄2-year-old cat, is the “baby” of the household.
Kerry rescued him at only four weeks old after a farm dog had found him and carried him in his mouth to show the humans.
Kerry bottle-fed the tiny kitten and he has stayed with her ever since.
Kira jokes that Foley is now the “very opposite of a farm cat”.
“He doesn’t like storms, the rain or hot weather,” she said.
Foley now sleeps on Kira and Kayleb’s bed and likes to suckle on their blanket.
Several of the animals have taken a liking to unusual foods. Ripple loves to eat vegetables. “He will take off with carrots and beans,” Kira said.
Psycho has a penchant for cheese, while Mooney enjoys batting grapes around the floor, but not eating them.
Just recently he even took off with a banana, Kira said.
While things are a little hectic in the house with so many animals, it is an interim measure that seems to suit everyone.
“It’s fun. It’s never boring,” Kerry said.