Possibly two different kittens. Possibly the same kitten twice.
The stupidest Tweet BC ever tweeted was to ask where a man could find a spare kitten in Brockley. Within seconds, we were deluged with people telling us to go to Celia Hammond Animal Trust, on Lewisham Way, who have more kittens than they know what to do with. We’ve blogged about them plenty of times of course, but it hadn’t really registered with us that they look after kittens as well as cats. So for the record: they do.
Adopting a kitten isn’t entirely straightforward. Celia Hammond like to vet you as well as the cats. We had to show them around the house, to prove that we would not be stuffing them up chimneys or allowing them to play in the traffic. We also had to nod solemnly as they told us about the specific kitten foods that they considered good enough – none of which were available from Pets at Home in Deptford, of course. BC has a natural aversion to earnest authority figures, so we initially rankled at the suggestion that we could only meet at a time when both the “cat decision makers” in the house were available. However, when we met, the enthusiasm and sincerity of the woman arranging the adoption won us over – so much so, that we were convinced to take two kittens, instead of one.
Once we’d had the interview, the process of adoption was straightforward and speedy. We didn’t have any preferences about breed (love see no colour) and they have kittens stashed in foster homes all around South East London. The next day, we collected a couple of 10-week-old kittens that had been pulled from the jaws of a dog in Hornfair Park a couple of weeks earlier. The kittens had been de-wormed, de-flead and given their injections : they were cuddle-ready.
So here are a couple of photos of their formative days with us. We know you know what kittens look like, but the internet needs more pictures of kittens.
Visit Celia Hammond for more details and meet the cats during their open weekend, July 7th / 8th.