How Oscar Is Settling In

Our rescue cat, Oscar, has now been in our home for just over a fortnight. He has settled in so well it feels like King Oscar has been here forever.

The regal title is well-deserved, because he rules over his human slaves with alacrity. But you know what? We love him dearly and would not be without him.

Handsome Oscar already has quite a fan following on social media!

King Oscar reclines on his throne (with a good view out of the lounge window).

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Oscar

Oscar

We’d been looking for a rescue cat since Fat Cat’s owners moved house – it made us realise just how much we needed a feline companion in our lives. After visiting a few cats who were beautiful but not right for us, I spotted Oscar on the Facebook page for Homeless Cat Rescue Bedfordshire.

His black fur and bright green eyes, the description of this mischievous character, and the video of him chasing his own tail made Martin and I fall in love with him. We visited him the next day, and didn’t hesitate to adopt him – he moved in a few days later.

Despite Oscar’s difficult beginnings – he was found abandoned in a bin (hence his name, in honour of the Sesame Street character who lives in a trash can) – he’s a lovely, affectionate cat full of fun.

The bin Oscar was found in.

The bin Oscar was found in.

At about a year old, he is still full of kittenish larks and capers. Martin and I are dog lovers as well, and some of Oscar’s habits are like a dog’s.

For instance, he wags his tail when he is happy: it is distinct from the tail flick cats do when they are angry or hunting – it really does wag from side to side! He also likes to play fetch. Oscar’s favourite toys are a couple of fabric balls that he likes to chase up and down the stairs. He’ll nag us (by miaowing loudly and/or climbing on us) to get up and throw the ball for him, although he has also realised he can drop a ball from the banister and it will bounce down the stairs. His ball skills are a real marvel – he catches it in the air with his front paws like a goalkeeper. Unusually for a cat, he’ll also come when his name is called.

Randomly, another favourite toy is a cable tie that he brought from his foster mum’s house. We’ll twist up the ends for him, and he’ll sit chewing on them to loosen it again. Oscar loves to chase it up and down the hall, and will bring it back to you for another throw (usually – sometimes he will give a “Well go and get it, human!” look).

Oscar is in a real dervish mood this evening…Here’s he’s saying “Go on, human, I dare you to try and take my ball”

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Most evenings features a flurry of activity with Oscar running around the house – up the stairs, down the stairs, round the downstairs rooms and back again – at great speed, like a dervish.

Oscar loves his food, and in particular goes bonkers for Dreamies…

Oscar fancied a Dreamies fix, and took matters in to his own paws. Or should I say claws…

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For all his playfulness, he is incredibly loving and affectionate, too. I call him my shadow because he likes to follow me everywhere – including the bathroom. He will miaow outside the bathroom door if I dare to shut it! He’s really inquisitive, and will watch me carry out my strange human rituals; a favourite is to sit on the side of the bath while I brush my teeth.

He’ll lean in to me (again like a dog) when he wants a fuss. Oscar particularly enjoys his back and sides being stroked – his glossy black fur is resplendent.

An adorable habit Oscar has is bringing his toys up to the bedroom at night. During the first couple of nights Oscar played – very noisily! – with his toys. We have a wooden floor in the bedroom, and he made a right racket chasing his balls around. I remember turning on the light to see what he was up to and saw he had his ball in his mouth; I couldn’t be cross when I saw his cute little green eyes look up at me, and saw he was clearly happy and relaxed.

From the very first night Oscar has slept on the bed with me, usually by my feet. Since those nights of noisy play early on he has learnt that night time is quiet time. He’s taken to kneading me from my shoulders to my feet, purring blissfully, as I drop off to sleep. It feels like a bit of massage therapy and is so calming.

Like many cats, Oscar is an excellent and pretty insistent alarm clock – for his own benefit, of course: he wants his breakfast. He’s so gentle in his persistence – he’ll headbutt my hand, sniff my face, or firmly prod my cheek with the pad of his paw.

I’m grateful that his persistence is so gentle because Oscar also likes rough play. While he doesn’t mean to hurt, his sharp teeth and claws have meant a few cuts are inevitable. The little ninja also likes to hide under the clothes horse where we dry our washing and jump out grabbing a leg, or on the landing and stick his paws through the banister to doff us.

Can you spot Oscar the ninja cat?

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You have to be careful when you go up or down the stairs these days, lest you be doffed by Oscar the Ninja Cat 🐱

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He’s desperate to get outside to explore, but needs to be patient for a few more weeks pending being up-to-date with his vaccinations. In the meantime, he has been looking out of the windows – we’ve even rearranged furniture so he can have a place to sit!

We’re so grateful Oscar has come in to our lives. His being dumped in a bin is awful and must have been so distressing for him – but our handsome boy has landed on all four paws with us, and is very loved and spoilt.

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4 Comments on How Oscar Is Settling In

  1. Kate / Pouting In Heels
    February 11, 2016 at 8:04 pm (1 year ago)

    He’s gorgeous Leigh! A very handsome boy. I have had a number of cats in my life, and I’ve never, not for one moment regretted their company. They bring so much love and happiness. And I know Oscar will do exactly the same for you. x

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    • Leigh
      February 15, 2016 at 4:39 pm (1 year ago)

      I’ve grown up with cats, and they really are so wonderful aren’t they? Oscar is already bringing us joy. Thank you lovely xxx

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  2. Elaine
    February 8, 2016 at 7:16 pm (1 year ago)

    Aww Oscar is a very handsome boy. His coat looks lovely and shiny… I think it’d be better getting woken by him than an alarm clock. We have a Springer Spaniel called Tess and we like the cold wet nose alarm rather than the piercing sound that comes from the clock.

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    • Leigh
      February 15, 2016 at 4:39 pm (1 year ago)

      Aw that’s cute! An animal alarm clock is better than a proper one – as long as it’s not too early though of course xx

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