On 1st December 2005, I brought home two tiny little balls of fluff. They were 3 month old british short hair kittens. The black one, we named Bella and the Black Smoke, we called Cinders, Cindy for short. These two little sisters swiftly wormed their way into our hearts and even today, we will allow them to manipulate us in a way that we would never allow another human being to do so.
This is Bella. Isn’t she just beautiful?
This is Cinders, better known as Cindy. We’ve called this picture “Little Miss Grumpy”. Cindy isn’t really grumpy – it’s just the white markings above her eyes that make her look like she is.
Two little sisters.
Did you know that the Cheshire Cat was based on the British Short Hair Cat? If you need further evidence, take a look at this picture of Cindy.
As for Bella. Well, all I can say is that she is truly named. She’s only 3 months old in this picture, but already, you can see she has a pout fit for a supermodel.
Being cute is hard work!
As a kitten, Bella always looked exhausted when she was asleep. Maybe it’s because she was always full of joie de vivre.
Look how tiny Belle is!
At 6 months, we had the girls spayed. A friend of mine told me that I should have let them have at least one litter as it would help them mature. Now I have no idea whether this is true or not, however, I personally had and still have no intention of adding to the number of unwanted litters of kittens that are born every year.
The operation itself went well. However, keeping the girls calm and chilled to aid in their recovery was a whole another matter. Being confined to the kitchen and being forced to wear elizabethan collars until their stitches healed, did not stop them from running around like loons. In Bella’s case, her refusal to take things easy resulted in her having a sarcoma. Cue another visit to see Robert and Raymond who drained the sarcoma and then bound her midriff tightly with a bandage to help her with the healing process.
If you would like to see more photos of our beautiful furbabies, please visit the Our Cats page of my blog which is dedicated to all our girls.