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A year in the life of Merlin (the cat not the wizard!)
Cats in General
Member Name: MoodyLauz
Cats in General
Advantages: A great addition to our house, I wouldn't be without him
Our cat, Merlin has been in our life for just over a year now and although at sometimes he's a pain, he's a lovely pain and he is a wonderful addition our household. I thought I would share some tales of having Merlin in our lives in general and look at the ins and outs of looking after him in different review.
Me and my other half had been talking about the possibility of having a pet for a little while. On my birthday last year my other half took me to the pet shop and told me I was going to be getting a kitten for my birthday. I was really excited!
My excitement was quickly reversed to disappointment however as I came to realise my other half hadn't done his research. We were living in a rented house and he hadn't checked to see if pets were allowed, upon ringing up the landlord he was told that we weren't allowed cats or large dogs. However, if we could name a breed of small dog we would want then that would more likely be a possibility (where's the sense in that?). Needless to say I think it's the longest I haven't spoken to him!
However, you all know this story ends well as you know I now have Merlin. My other half had gone for the view of 'sod the landlord he'll never know' and on returning from work a couple of days later. I sat down in my front room to a pair of bright blue eyes looking at me from behind the TV stand.
Choosing a cat
Ads for kittens seemed to be few and far between with some owners asking for around £50.00 for kittens that weren't pedigree and hadn't been vaccinated. I wasn't there to pick Merlin up though I heard the story a fair few times. My other half went with his sister to buy Merlin, they had managed to find an ad in a paper but it took them over an hours drive to go and see the cats they had.
Upon arriving there were three kittens left, two males and a female. Apparently the female was gorgeous, even cuter than Merlin, but my other half had decided he wanted a boy. He was looking at one of the male cats when one of the children who lived there came in and his sister happened to talk to him and asked him which kitten he preferred. He pointed to the other male and said 'he's more fun.' Naturally after a quick check, the fun one came home and spent the car ride cuddled inside my other half's jacket. I learnt that Merlin had cost us £10.00, which made me feel quite strange when later that night we ordered takeaway that cost so much more than an animals life!
Having a kitten
I think the first few hours of me being in Merlin's presence were the scariest. For one he was so tiny, just fitting in my hands! Though I think the worst thing was waiting to see if he would eat and go to the toilet. However, once I realised he would be fine I relaxed a lot and managed to get used to him being a boisterous, inquisitive little creature.
Merlin was quite a quiet kitten and seemed to fit in to our lives purrfectly (sorry couldn't help myself). At first while we left him alone in the house we would leave the radio on to make sure he had some company (though if you read one of my previous reviews that job soon went to the annoying babbling ball). When we came home from work he would greet us at the door and happily play for hours. One of his favourite past times was throwing himself at the computer chairs back (made out of leather) and landing splat on it with all four legs splayed out and climbing his way to the top like Spiderman. This was obviously a big achievement for him, until the day he realised he was big enough to jump to the top without the Spiderman routine. During the night he would sleep on my chest, presumably because it reminded him of his mum.
If a cat does have nine lives, then Merlin lost one of his pretty quickly. Ever the inquisitive little soul he liked to put his head through the banister on the first floor, where there was a slight gap to view the hallway below. He seemed to enjoy watching us from above perhaps a little too much and fell through the gap to the floor below. Luckily he landed on all fours and was completely fine, he looked a little shocked in that 'how did I get down here' sort of way but tottered off quite happily to get some food. Afterwards we boarded up the banister so it wouldn't happen again.
This isn't going to sound too great, but his second life went a couple of months afterwards. I accidentally shut him in the bathroom before going to bed, he had sneakily followed me in and I hadn't noticed. The previous house we lived in had no fan in the bathroom, so I always left the window open and the door shut to help stop mould. The next morning curious as to why we hadn't been woken up by a hungry kitten searched the house to find Merlin wasn't there. He had jumped from the bathroom window (again on the first floor) to the garden below and was waiting by the patio doors to be let back in. Though he was fine, through the night he had obviously come across another cat who hadn't taken a liking to him and he had a little scratch on his nose.
Becoming a cat
We've now had Merlin for a year and although he's not the playful kitten anymore he still loves playtime, almost as much as he loves sleep! He's developed his own personality, which is amazing and everyone who meets him loves him. He's not as big and beefy as other cats but I'm sure he'll get there eventually. However, he did loose his amazing bright blue eyes,which are now greener. Since I'm currently unemployed after moving, me and Merlin have bonded on a whole new level. I think he appreciates the fact I'm around, especially since he doesn't like going out so much anymore due to the farm cats nearby that bully him!
It's nice to think that Merlin will be in our lives for years to come and I'm sure he will be just the start of a large pet family that will follow in the future. Though how happy about that he'll be I'm not sure! He's created so many happy memories in a short space of time and although I never considered myself to be a cat person I wouldn't be without him.
Summary: The first year of having Merlin!
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