Happy birthday Pebbles!
Our little black cat, Pebbles, the very Pebbles who inspired the name of this blog after I once again tripped over her in the middle of the night, has reached the grand old age of twenty. We don’t know her exact birthday but we believe it to be somewhere around new year.
I remember the day we got her, and the reason why. Let’s take a walk down memory lane together, dear reader and I’ll share my story with you.
Lashes, little more than a curly haired and hazel eyed toddler suddenly and out of the blue developed a profound fear of cats. Hardly able to walk down the street without screeching like a banshee every time she saw one, we decided action was needed.
” We’ll get a little, cute kitten, everyone likes little, cute kittens, don’t they?”
“What? To scare her with every time she misbehaves?”
“No, love. To help her over her fear of cats.”
So started weeks of trying to find a cat. The RSPCA had none, neither did the Cats’ Protection League. After a long trip out to a cat sanctuary, they told us they’d heard of a place near where we lived that had cats they wanted rid of.
We drove all the way back to visit the people with the spare cats.
It transpired that they already had dogs but had taken in a cat out of the goodness of their hearts. This cat promptly had kittens, and before they’d got rid of them all, one of the kittens had had kittens. These people were all catted out. If they never saw another cat again it would have been too soon. Their lives had been a mess of yowling, barking, fighting, pooing smelly animals ever since they’d done their good deed.
In we walked, “We’d like it to be a boy.”
“This is a boy.” they said as they thrust a bundle of black fur at us. To be honest if we’d have said me wanted a martian they’d have told us it was one.
For about a nanosecond, this little, black ball of fluff sat trembling in the palm of my hands. “We’ll take it.” I said, assessing the sadness of it’s situation rather than it’s suitability as a pet for our darling daughter.
As soon as the words were out of my mouth this harmless little kitten turned into a whirling dervish of the grandest magnitude. It launched itself from my hands onto the sofa, bounced of the sofa and ran round the walls at lightning speed like Evel Kneivel riding the wall of death. Off the wall it finally came, by taking a flying leap halfway across the room onto the curtains which it used as a springboard before finally coming to rest – hanging off the tv. It only came to rest there because it got a claw stuck and couldn’t move. I think that the poor thing had had to fight to not end up as a dog snack from the moment it was born and had learned how to make a quick getaway. Certainly it’s survival skills had been honed to perfection and it was definitely nippy on it’s feet.
I walked over and plucked her ( Yes, her. Not him as requested) from where she was dangling helplessly in front of the television screen.
By now the owner had given up trying to tell me what a lovely wee thing it was and just looked at me wordlessly, imploring me with her eyes to take it away but obviously thinking we wouldn’t after it’s display of ‘cute kittenness.’
Of course we did take her, although we spent the whole drive home wondering what the hell we’d just done.
So that was the inauspicious way Pebbles came to be part of our lives. I’d love to tell you that she was the perfect pet, loving, friendly and relaxed but it would be a lie. I do think she appreciated us for giving her a peaceful and dog free home but she has never got over her nerves and she continues to be neurotic, anti social and aloof but we love her.
Happy birthday, Pebbles.