*Miaows* to all my lovely readers!
I know you hoomins have a saying about time flying, but I think you may have a point! We’re fast approaching our first birthday and I can’t believe how quickly the time has gone!
We seem to have packed a lot into the first year of our lives, so I thought I’d take this opportunity to look back and review in pictures the year we’ve had – I hope you’ll accompany me on this journey 🙂
Of course, it all started off with us being born, on 14th May 2011, and here we are with our cat mummy, Pandora 🙂 There were only two of us in the litter and Pandora was a fantastic mum!
We were bred by Sue from Tobysden Bengals who is a brilliant breeder: we’ve stayed friends with her since and go to cat shows with her on a regular basis. She’s a veterinarian and a very clever lady 🙂
Our hoomin mummy and daddy first saw us when we were about 2 weeks old, but they didn’t know then that we were going to be their special fur-babies!
This photo and the next were taken when we were about 6 weeks old … this was the first time mummy and daddy saw us after it was known that we would be theirs.
It seemed so long after this that we were ready to go to our new home as Sue doesn’t let any of her kittens go until they’re at least 13 weeks old.
What made it seem longer was that mummy and daddy were on holiday in the USA when we hit 13 weeks, so we were nearly 15 weeks old by the time we left Sue, though mummy and daddy did visit us a few times in between.
When we got to our new home, it didn’t take me long to work out that the squashy bit of the sofa was a good place to sleep!
Lula soon made herself feel at home too 😆
One of our biggest challenges was being introduced to the three cats who already lived with mummy and daddy.
A good way of doing this was at feeding time, though it was all done very gradually and we were all given our own space to make sure no-one felt threatened.
As kittens, there’s nothing better than having a play, though sometimes it could look a little rough! (but we love each other really!)
We had to get used to all the new things in the house… and in the garden!
We were supervised when we first went out to make sure we didn’t wander… but I still managed to fall in the pond! (as Lula did too on a different day!)
I quickly discovered that the tree was a good thing to climb up, and the first few times I did it, I scared my mummy so much!
Luckily, there were no falls or injuries: well, I am a cat after all 😆
Mummy took us to cat shows from when we were about 5 months old. She started off by entering just one of us per show to see whether we liked it or not …
Lula was the first to go to a show and did really well – you’ll be able to see all of our results on my “Cat Show Corner” page when I’ve updated it!
Then it was my turn to go to a show a few weeks later, and my mummy was so proud of me! I did far better than all expectations as my mummy didn’t think I’d like it!
Then Lula went to the Supreme cat show!!
My mummy would have entered me if she’d known how good I was at my first show, but the entry deadline had passed by then 🙁
We’ve been to lots more shows, but back at home as we got older we were given a little more freedom to explore the great outdoors and the field next to our house.
And so, to the present day! In March we set up our website, Facebook and Twitter pages, and YouTube channel and we’ve started to make lots of friends from all over the world!
Today, we reached 100 likes on Facebook and 50 followers on Twitter!
And of course, we have lots of lovely readers and subscribers to this web-page!
Thank you everyone for reading about our adventures! Let’s hope our second year is just as good 🙂