Blog Every Day In May: Pets

I am so enjoying the Blog Every Day In May challenge!  Today we are sharing about pets.  Matthew and I have five pets.  Two everlasting goldfish called Elizabeth Bennett and Mr Darcy (they are six and half years old!), and three cats, Poppet, Leela and Fry who we adopted from a shelter last year.  We got them from the wonderful Celia Hammond Animal Trust (CHAT) who do SO much great work for abandoned cats and feral cats here in East London.  Whenever I visit I want to adopt more though, so I have to ration myself when it comes to visits!

The cats are absolutely adorable and have truly made our house a home (albeit a rather furry home sometimes – the joy of moulting season!).  Poppet is the mummy and Fry and Leela are her kits.  Last spring their previous owners abandoned them, leaving them behind in an empty flat utterly alone.  It makes me so sad to think of poor Popps miaowing for help and none coming.  Luckily, a neighbour heard and called CHAT who took them to their Canning Town centre.  A couple of weeks later, Matthew and I went to the centre to pick out some cats – we knew we wanted either two or three as we wanted them to have company when we were at work.  They said they had a little family for us to meet, and the rest was history.

Picking the names was really easy – Poppet was Poppet because she was and is so sweet and gentle.  The very first thing I said to her was ‘Hello, Poppet,’ and she seemed to like it, so the name has stuck.  Leela and Fry both have double duty names – as well as the Futurama link, Leela is also a Doctor Who companion and Stephen Fry is a legend!

We’ve had our cats ten months now and they really are just lovely.  It’s been so great to see them grow in confidence as the time has gone by – especially Poppet who was so reserved and wary to begin with.  Now she is absolutely chilled and loooooooves cuddles.  I can’t wait to have a tea party with the aunties in July to celebrate their first year with us.

Little Leela loves to hide and jump.

Poppet and Fry napping.


Cleaning up for dinner!

‘Helping’ to pack.

Herding cats….is as hard as it sounds.


  1. Vanishing Point
    7th May 2013 / 5:20 pm

    Lovely post Claire, makes me miss my own Merlin. He made home more homely and was the cheeky furball of our family.

  2. Riot Kitty
    8th May 2013 / 3:28 am

    Sweet! Everlasting goldfish indeed – oh, if you want to hear an unbelievable goldfish story, email me. It's too good to be true but it involves my brother, so it's true.I love our rescued kitties!

    • Claire
      9th May 2013 / 10:59 am

      They truly make a house a home!

  3. Christielli
    8th May 2013 / 10:57 pm

    Remember for the next time you go to CHAT — only as many cats as you can carry! (Which means you can get one more…)Loved hearing about the katzen's background story. I don't know much about Rilo, she was found wandering out in Toronto's west end and rescued. She was labelled a "nervous cat" at the shelter, which is why I don't think someone snapped her up sooner.She's not nervous at all though. A little bit jumpy at times, but such a sweetheart!

    • Claire
      9th May 2013 / 10:59 am

      I *heart* Rilo. Such a precious girl!

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