So you may already know we love to interview Pet parents from all over! Today we have a special guest Andy who’s actually one of our followers on twitter!
Andy, so happy to have you on the blog! I first want to ask, how long have you been a pet parent?
Thanks, Johnny, it’s a real pleasure. I have been a pet parent ever since I found Sox. This was on 24th August 2013. I was in the bathroom at about 01:30 at night and I heard this meowing coming through the window. I used a torch to look down from our second floor flat and these two shiny little eyes stared back. When I went down to investigate this little bundle of black and white fur jumped up into my arms shivering from the cold but purring like an engine. She has been with me and my partner, Sharon, ever since.
How many little ones do you have in your house right now and what are their ages?
We have three cats now, all about one year apart. Sox is coming up to 5 this year, Shadow 4, and Smudge will be 3.
What made you first adopt pets?
As I said we found Sox, and both of us love cats, so after we had asked around if anyone had lost her, we decided she was too irresistible not to keep.
Being in a family of multiple pets can be difficult, how did you introduce them all?
Well, it was a bit of a case of having to just go with it and see what happened. We live in a small one bedroom flat, so whenever a new one arrived, Shadow was a Christmas present and Smudge found Sharon in the back garden, we just had to make sure Sox, the matriarch, accepted them. Which she did thankfully.
Do they ever have any problems with each other?
Sox can be a bit bossy sometimes. She is the boss at the end of the day, but just occasionally she tends to show it a bit too often with Shadow. There is no fighting, just a defiant hiss and maybe a paw swipe in her direction. Shadow tends to just sit there with a look on her face as if to say “What have I done?”.
What is a piece of advice you can give to folks who want multiple pets?
I believe they need to be patient when introducing any new pet. It takes time for the hierarchical order to be fully established, so there may be times when all the pets get a bit fractious but as time goes by, that should diminish. Also make sure you can afford all the needs of your additional pet, including veterinary bills, it can get quite expensive.
What are your pets favourite things to do?
Well, they are all cats, so sleeping is the big one. However Sox and Smudge love to spend plenty of time outside prowling their territories, and Shadow, who seems to be a house cat loves sitting and waiting for either of us to spot her and then play with her, with her favourite piece of red ribbon, or a laser pen.
Any favourite toys?
The laser pen, every time. They all go bonkers for it, and when I manage to get all three on the go it is hilarious, nothing in the room is safe!
When you’re not around, what can we expect to find your little ones doing?
Well when we get back, Shadow is often staring out the front room window, Sox tends to be relaxing on the sofa, and Smudge is usually asleep in the bedroom. Of course, when they were all younger, we’d find things knocked off shelves and the like, but they have all calmed down a bit now.
What is a piece of advice you wish someone gave you before you adopted?
To be honest I needed no advice as I had grown up with cats ever since I was born. My mum and dad always had at least one cat in the house, and for years they had three too. I have loved cats ever since then and thanks to my parents I picked up an awful lot of practical knowledge from them, and the cats they owned.
What is your favourite thing about being a pet owner?
There is no doubt about this, it is the love and companionship they give in return for your care and interactions with them.
A lot of people don’t like pets, (how could you not?) what would you tell them to encourage them that pets are beneficial?
Pets have this innate ability to calm you down, make you smile, make you laugh and make you feel loved. Plus the fact that, through care, love and the sheer joy of it, you are privileged to witness another sentient being grow and develop their own character over time. Nothing beats it.
If you could adopt another pet (with no limitations or financial constraints) what would it be and why?
It would have to be another cat… me and Sharon are cat people. Dogs are great, don’t get me wrong, but as far as we’re concerned, moggies beat them hands down.
What is the most important lesson you have learned as a pet parent?
Cats give back far more than any expense you have to lay out. They are true companions and know when something’s wrong. They will attend you when you are ill or even if you are just feeling down. And to have a much-loved moggie snuggle under the duvet with you during a cold winters night is one of the best things on earth.
Is there anything you want to leave our readers off with?
GET A CAT… GET 2… GET 3… You won’t regret it and your moggies will love you for it.
Thank you again to Andy for being part of this great project and to all of you for stopping by! We loved interviewing you, and we welcome anyone who is interested in an interview or a guest post to contact us here! Remember we also host weekly Pet Photo Features every Saturday so submit your picture today!