Category Archives: Gunnar and Mattie

4 month old siblings found on 18 Sep 07. Adopted 13 Oct and renamed Chihiro and Daisy.

The Meowsons are settling in well

What a tableau of laidback affection and trust.

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The Meowsons on a lazy Monday afternoon, 21 Oct, looking very, very long and very grown-up. (Mattie left, Gunnar right)

Mattie has been renamed Daisy and Gunnar is now Chihiro.

Looking at this picture, it’s difficult to imagine that it came after a week of hair-raising concern following the Meowsons’ adoption on Saturday, 13 Oct.

Late on Sunday, 14 Oct, their mum, N, called me… from the vet’s! Gunnar’s diarrhea had worsened, and they made the decision to ward him as N is pregnant.

After a week of medication and changing prognosis, Gunnar finally managed to return home to Daisy and the family on 20 Oct, Saturday. But not before a grand finale of heart-attacks for everybody. On Friday, 19 Oct, the day he had been most hopeful of being released from the clinic, the vet found blood in his urine! Tests showed his liver and kidney functions to be normal.

Then on Saturday, 20 Oct, itself, the vet reported to N that the blood in urine symptom had cleared up after they withheld medication – which he no longer needed anyway.

This is N’s sms to me after they fetched Gunnar home the same day:

Our boy is home. Everyone, especially Daisy, were so exited to see him. He has settled back in really well and I will email some photos over the next few days.

xxx

It was traumatic for Gunnar, and for Mattie, to be separated for so long, especially right when they were adopted and were introduced to a new environment. Mattie managed to settle down without Gunnar, while Gunnar pined for affection and company, alone at the vet’s.

But it was also very eventful for N and her family. I can imagine her trying to calm both kittens and her children, and perhaps herself and her husband as well. I kept wondering if I might have made a better decision if I kept the kittens for another week and I kept apologising to N. But N’s been very understanding, she kept me updated on his condition, and ended up having to calm and reassure me as well!

After my particularly apologetic reply in response to one of her Gunnar-still-at-vet’s update, she took the time to call me and tell me she did not want me to feel bad about it, that she understood that Gunnar’s illness was not something anyone could have anticipated, and that if she wasn’t pregnant, she would not have warded him unless absolutely necessary.

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Now it’s over and we hope for the best for everybody. Gunnar really settled in very well and quickly, right on the day he went home.

The Meowsons’ trust and easy acceptance of their new home is another indication they were once home pets, who had a lot of social interaction with people. People who somehow decided these loving, affectionate kittens were no longer wanted and dumped them like old toys one grows tired of. I only wish I can tell these dumpers:

All the better for your abandoning these two lovable kittens. They’ve found a far, far better home than you could have ever given them.

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The Meowsons’ roomies

In between cuddling and taking pictures of the meowsons, we also played with their roomies.

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This extremely sweet and affectionate calico…

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couldn’t bear to be away from btmao (Edit: Her name is Perth, and her story’s coming up)

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Ting Ting is another btmao-sticker

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Elsewhere, Heidi and Goldie, were demonstrating the art of synchonised snoozing

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This is demure Sugar, also up for adoption

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Double? Projection? Behind Mattie is Sundae who’s 8 months and a fair bit bigger. Someday Mattie may get to or surpass her size. Right now, who knows? Privately, we hope she would get to be as big as Teddy (EDIT: though of course we know genetics favoured Teddy – he is a male and Mattie’s female; it’s a known fact that males are predisposed to being bigger than females, and can be up to 50% larger).

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Diamond preferred having a pillow

Gunnar and Mattie adopted!

We were a bit rushed with this morning’s meal service for Area 3 because of Gunnar and Mattie’s potential adopters’ visit.

While waiting for the family’s arrival, we took the time to get our meowson cuddle time in.
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Gunnar dozing on btmao.

In between cuddles, the meowsons would go about their business.

Intimation of the sibbly kind:

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When the family arrived, we introduced Nonie and Honey, and noted they would be the closest to the Singapura when the Mr expressed interest in the breed. We also showed them other kittens of course.

The son, all of 5 years old, was rather savvy with cat-interaction. His sister, a year younger, was a bit more hesitant.

We rather thought the family might go home with other kittens, but ultimately they decided the meowsons were it. So now the two monkeys are home somewhere in central Singapore. Their booster’s due in a week’s time and sterilisation, 2 months. They’ve also got a bit of the runs – Mei Mei said they were given canned food and the runs were a result of that. The family’s been informed of course, and we’ve suggested that tonight’s dinner be withheld, and to start with the kibbles the kittens’ used to getting in the cattery for a start tomorrow. But they’re in good hands we feel – the mum is an experienced cat parent. We miss them like we said, but we can’t take them all – we’re realistic and no hoarders!

The important thing, and the best we can do for them, is get them a great home. We feel they’ve got a very decent shot.

More on the meowsons’ roomies coming up here.

Visit! Meowsons

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Big day for the Meowsons tomorrow. They will be meeting their potential family, an expat family from Australia. The mum is very enthusiatic and lovely to speak with (she was the one who wrote in even before the adoption blurb got up on the CWS board, including her contact number. Must remember to ask her how she found us). Can’t wait to meet the kids and the Mr.

We got another enquiry earlier today, but this time with no contact number. I’ve responded with mine, and am still awaiting a follow-up.

Cuddlesome Meowsons

We’re still waiting for the Meowsons’ adoption blurb to get on the CWS adoption board. But already we’ve got their first enquiry.

It’s going to be tough enough to let these two adorable and absolutely affectionate purr bundles go when they find their home. We just saw them on Monday when delivering Joe Yeti, but already we miss them like mad. Add the fact that they remind us so much of our two old coots, Teddy and Bam Bam, in their kittenhood almost a decade ago that btmao and I have gotten rather nostalgic. Makes it that much more unbearable to think of letting them go….

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Gunnar in the comfy cradle-lap called btmao

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Mattie, purrty darling

How long were they left there?

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N, whom I just met this morning, also said she saw 2 kittens, one white and 1 coloured one, a while back when her child got back from playgroup. It was the Meowsons she saw, probably the day before the morning we discovered them. N even pointed out where the kittens were, at the ledge where we found them.

So it seemed the Meowsons had been out for close to 20-24 hours when we found them. No wonder they were so thirsty. The fact that they had stayed in the same spot for so long was further proof that they were homepets, who didn’t know what to do except wait at their dumping spot for their owners’ return. Just like Cassie.

Homeseekers: Gunnar and Mattie Meowson

(Must read: Cat care refs.)

UPDATE 20071013: Gunnar and Mattie adopted! If you’re still interested to find a similar pairing, you might want to consider the pair described here.

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We’re the Meowsons, Mattie and Gunnar. We’re 4 months old, and we’re looking for our furrever home.

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I’m Gunnar and I’m a ginger tabby boy with white socks and bib.

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I’m Mattie and I’m a girl with white fur.
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We are very close

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and we want to be together

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and play together

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so we want to go to the same loving home.

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Please give us a home large enough for the both of us. And be sure to sterilise us when we reach 6 months.

Read our story here.

(Must read: Cat care refs.)

UPDATE 20071013: Gunnar and Mattie adopted! If you’re still interested to find a similar pairing, you might want to consider the pair described here.