It's finally happened! Yes, I have jumped back into the world of pet ownership. This is Manny, named after Manuel "Manny" Calavera from Grim Fandago, one of my absolute favourite PC games.
I'd already decided that I wanted to take the plunge into cat ownership but living in a first floor flat I knew that it would have to be an indoor cat that didn't require open access to a garden. Last Thursday my dear friend Celia posted a link to an online adoption page for a beautiful 3 year old ginger Scottish Fold (my dream cat breed) at a ridiculously low price and it was clearly meant to be! Two days later and Manny was settling in to his new home with me after a short car journey across Sussex. The phrase 'now-or-never' sprung to mind. Thanks a bajillion to @toricherry who was kind enough to offer to drive me to and from the breeder's home.
When I took Manny to the vet to be neutered (he's an ex-*ahem* stud cat) he was in quite a bad state. When we went to pick him up from the breeder, Manny was being kept in a cramp outdoor cage with two other cats and his teeth were in a terrible state considering his age. Probably caused by him gnawing on the bars of the cage according to the vet. Their group litter tray was overflowing and it seemed pretty obvious that they were all quite neglected. His legs were grubby and he's slightly underweight for his age (that fluffy fur coat is deceptive!) All that said, Manny isn't scared of people at all and is unquestionably the friendliest and most placid cat I've ever encountered.
I'll stop rambling now and I promise not to spam too many photos of Manny here. But you can follow my Twitter account which will definitely not be safe from more cat-centric photos over the coming days/weeks/months/years etc.
Did I mention that he's the best cat in the world? Just look at his tiny ears and silly tongue!
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