Friday, May 25, 2007

Kirkby Kitten




Today I want to tell you about my before sister Kirkby (the second K is silent e.g. Kerbee).

Kirkby was a feral kitten who was rescued from a building site in North London along with her mother and two sisters. At 12 weeks old she came to live with the humans who had to drive her all the way from North London to South London. Little Kirkby was so scared in the car she had a fit and the humans were really worried she would not survive the journey.

Because they thought she was a ruffy tuffy feral cat she should have a ruffy tuffy name, so they called her Kirkby after a rough suburb of Liverpool. She wasn't rough at all though, she turned out to be the world's most timid cat.

For the first six months she hid under the furniture and only came out to eat and use the litter tray when no one was around. She never grew bigger than a large kitten and was always very slim (the human's think this was down to her nervous temperament).

When she got a bit older, she would jump on the bed at night and snuggle up between the pillows but she wouldn't go near the humans unless they were lying down under the covers. If they wanted to take her to the V.E.T. they would have to get dressed, get under the covers and then pretend to be asleep in bed so they could catch her. When they put her in the basket she would start to shake violently and wet herself.

She never left the garden perimeter her whole life and it was only when she got to be an older cat (about ten) that she started sitting on the boy human's lap for a cuddle. This was a momentous day. Even then she would jump a mile high if anyone moved or made a noise.

Although I never met her, I know she was the sweetest little cat and I wish I had been there to protect her and look after her. She got ill when she was fifteen. At first they thought it was an over-active thyroid but it turned out to be cancer of the thyroid and the humans couldn't put her through regular trips to the vet, so they let her sleep.

RIP little princess.

35 comments:

Riley & Tiki said...

Thank you for sharing your siser's story. She looks like she was a sweet little scaredycat.

~*SilverNeurotic*~ said...

Aww, poor thing.

Forty Paws said...

We're so glad that Kirkby had a wonderful home with your mom and dad and that they let her be who she needed to be. She sounds a lot like our Jenny. Bless her little heart.

Luf, Us

Dragonheart said...

Thank you for introducing us to Kirkby, Faz. It sounds like she was a lovely cat, although she must have been traumatized as a young feral, poor thing. :( I'm very glad she found a good Forever Home with your humans.

Daisy said...

Oh, Kirkby sounds very sweet! That is a funny story about how your mom and dad got her to the vet. But I am sorry she was so scairt. I liked learning all about Kirkby.

Caesar and Princess said...

Kirkby was a very pretty kitty.
She had a very good life with your mom and dad that loved her.


<3 Purrrrrs
Princess

Parker said...

How nice of your folks to take such good care of Kirkby! She sounded very sweet, too bad she never got a little more trusting!

Chairman Mao said...

Thanks for sharing sweet little Kirkby with us! She was a lucky kitty to have found such special, loving beans.

Kittyhugs and purrs from MaoMao!

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

thanks for telling me about kirkby. she sounded furry nice.

podunk is really blairsville, georgia, but i call it podunk because it is a small little town that is sort of backward. now you know!

smiles, auntie bee

Kimo & Sabi said...

Kirkby sounded like a nice kitty!

Jeter and Mickey said...

hey ... kirkby hadda start like mi noo brudder matsui ... freekin owt wen mi dad capshured him ... den spending da first month or two under da bed.
he likez thingz on hiz termz ... but he'z az tame az he'll ever be now.
luv--yer frend--jh

Lux said...

It sounds like she had a good life when she found her forever home; I wish I'd known her, too.

Zoey and the furballs (the Zoo Crew) said...

She was lucky to be adopted into such a wonderful home and your beans were lucky to have her.

Kelly Cat said...

It's always good to remember our absent friends. Kirkby must have had the best possible life with your humans. They will always have many happy memories of her.

DaisyMae Maus said...

What a sweetie ... Thanks for sharin' her story. Little eye leaks ...
DMM

Marie the Defender said...

awwww she is a sweet sister. I hope that she and our big sis angel kitty Missy are furriends at the Rainbow Bridge....

Monty Q. Kat said...

I'm glad she found a loving furrever family with loving beans. :)

Pearl C. Pritchard said...

To a lesser degree... I am a bit like Kirkby. But I think I know exactly how she felt. It's very hard to be nervous all the time.

Artsy Catsy said...

Faz, what a lovely story about Kirkby; thank you for sharing. We're sorry we haven't been to see you more often - we've been very busy lately with my human's daughter Tiffany visiting us from Italy. Things are getting back to normal now, so we look forward to spending more time with you!

Rocky
& everybody at Artsy Catsy

Phoebe said...

Poor little Kirkby. I'm so glad that she found a good home with your people who were very patient and kind to her.

Marie the Defender said...

Awwww your before sister was so sweet. She reminds mommy of our big sis angel kitty Missy. She passed over the Bridge at age 4 but the 3 yrs she was with mommy and daddy, she went from timid to guest greeter.

caricature said...

sweet little cat. ferals are often hard to habituate once they are more than a few weeks old. she looks very lovely though!

Ariel said...

Thanks for sharing your sister's story.Thank god she found a wonderful
forever home with your humans :)

Monica said...

Faz, I tagged you for a game called True Confessions. You can find out about it on my blog.

Pablo said...

Oh wow! What a beautiful story! I can relate to Kirkby, because I don't do laps, either, even though Kate really really wants me to. Guess what? Kate's mum used to live in North London in the sixties/seventies... Palmers Green, I think. She's still an Arsenal fan to this day!

Karen Jo said...

Thank you for sharing Kirkby's story. I am glad she found a forever home with your family and they let her be who she needed to be. She sounds like a really sweetie.

Bad Kitty Cats & Megan said...

awwww, we are so sad to hear about her illness. at least she was rescued and very loved while she was on this earth. Peace for Kirby indeed.

Hi Faz... sending purrs your way

Suzanne said...

kirkby sounds like a skitter kitty, like me!

thank you, faz, for sharing her story. it's important that we remember!

love you!

--suz

Shilgiah the Cat said...

What wonderful humans you have to have taken such good care of your before sister the scaredycat.

I'm kind of a scaredycat too. Not with mom or people I know very very well but if someone I don't know well comes to visit, I hide under the bed.

Maria & Stefano said...

You sister was beautiful...


Hey I've tagged you;)
Stop by at my place if you have a sec...

Love,
Maria

One-Eyed Jack said...

I'm glad Kirkby had a good home for so long, even if she never got over being scared.

One of us said...

That is a furry sweet story of yer before sister Faz ~poiland tribe

The Furry Kids said...

Kirkby sounds like a very special kitty. Thank you for sharing her story.

Love,
Titus, Tazo, & EG

Grr, Midnight & Cocoa said...

we like the way your people caught her to go to the vet. not that we think catching kitties or taking them to the vet are GOOD things, we just like that your people went to so much trouble to take care of the little sweetie. you have good people.

Chelle & Chel said...

My parents adopted two stray kitties. I've only ever seen the little grey female. And she sounds a lot like Kirkby. They just call her little grey. And she is so little. Cute.

-Chel