I know this will have come as a bit of a surprise to you all, since we weren’t looking for a new family member, but there’s a lovely story to his arrival!
A couple of days ago, we had a phone call from our friend Lisa from FOAL farm, the rescue home where we got Teego. Daddycat volunteers there occasionally too, and they’re big fans of this blog! Lisa explained that they had a male Bengal kitten come in and they couldn’t give him out to just anyone, as Bengal cats are a little specialist and can’t be homed with inexperienced cat owners.
Makes me feel quite proud to be a Bengal cat!
Anyway, the previous owners had bought him as a kitten from a Breeder, but they also had a number of very young children and it was all too much for them with the very young kids and a high-maintenance kitten too! So being responsible people, they took the little kitten to FOAL to see if they could rehome him.
Once he arrived at FOAL, he instantly became the talk of the farm, as he is rather striking looking, and he LOVES cuddles! He’s rather vocal too, and calls all the time when he wants attention!
So Lisa called us, knowing that we already had an incredibly beautiful Bengal cat, graceful, intelligent, famous, did I say beautiful already? (Daddycat: HEY! What’s going on! Freya, get off the keyboard!) Lisa knew we already had some old spotty cat, so wondered if we might be interested in another. She emphasised that there was no pressure at all, but we didn’t need to be told twice!
The next day we shot over to FOAL, and were bowled over by the little kitten who was then called Banjo. They’d put as many stimulating toys and dangly things as they could into his pen, and the cardboard box is actually his own personal activity centre, that Natasha had custom built especially for him!
And what do you think the green thing at the bottom left is? How many kittens in a rescue home have their own swimming pool? Chatzi LOVES water! At his previous home he was always getting into the bath and the sink, and even when we went to see him, his paws and belly were wet!
You can imagine, this was an incredible bolt from the blue, but even more amazingly, two days earlier, a friend had been visiting FOAL farm, and seen a beautiful Bengal kitten, taken 6 photos of him, and wondered if the big RESERVED sign on his pen was because of us! We asssured them that we knew nothing about the Bengal! So how amazing that two days later, We should get a call, about the exact same Kitten!
I did a video tour around FOAL farm a while ago if you want to take a look at what it’s like there!