Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Introducing Nyssa

There’s a new arrival at Stickler Hall, her name is Nyssa. On the afternoon of Friday August 8th Emma and I went to meet a cat in foster care with the RSPCA. Emma is on holiday until September and with us just back from our holiday the time seemed right to finally make good on our interest in rehoming a cat.

It feels a horribly shallow thing to pick a cat off of a website from a couple of photos and a potted biography but that’s what we had to do. One cat did stand out to us, though in truth we would probably have homed any of them. So after a telephone interview and a home visit to make sure we didn’t have any cat mangling equipment hidden in a secret laboratory the RSPCA agreed that we were fit to foster a cat. All that remained was for us to meet her, hence our trip to Walsall.

Nyssa was rescued from a third floor flat where something like eleven other cats were living. As far as we’re aware she’s never been abused or neglected, the cats were removed due to complaints from neighbours. We’re told she’s about three years old and has never been outside, although she loves to watch the world go by through the windows. We have to keep her indoors for the first four to six weeks anyway, after that we'll see if she shows an interest in going out and see what happens.

Nyssa was described to us as a timid cat and certainly seemed so in her foster home, which she was sharing with another four cats. She spent the duration of our visit tucked in behind the sofa with one wary eye on us and the other scanning for rival felines. Once we got her into our kitchen it became a different story. She bounded out of her carry case and had a nose around the kitchen. After a couple of quiet hours under the kitchen table she set about exploring the house. She’s friendly and very, very affectionate. We had a few friends over for the weekend and she was quite unfazed by the noise and disruption.

She was given to us with the name Nikki but shows no evidence of answering to it. In fact there was some confusion about whether it was Nikki, Mickey or something else ending in -icky. We decided to come up with a name of our own for her and as you see Nyssa managed to stick where Kenickie, Mr Bennett and Mouse failed.

It’s been ten days since we brought Nyssa into our home and already it’s impossible to imagine it without her. Her favourite spots are on the back of the sofa, in the kitchen window and under our bed. She may like running up and down the stairs mewling at three o’clock in the morning but then I’m sure some of our habits must seem odd to her too. I guess it’s just a matter of getting used to each other, she certainly seems to be settling in...


  1. Would it be unseemly to squee? Like a little girl? Thank God for digital memory storage, too, because we've taken about eleventy-billion pictures of our cats since we got them, and I hate to think what that would have cost to develop back in the days of Kodak.

  2. Nyssa is adorable! I may spend my entire vacation watching the cat cam, which of course will make my cats horribly jealous.

  3. Thanks guys, she keeps doing photo-worthy things. I guess I would say that though.

    Even now she's tap-dancing whilst solving a rubiks cube, wouldn't you know the camera batteries are dead.

  4. Ooooh. Nyssa is so cute. I'm sorry but I'll have to do this:


    I like cats. Personally, much preferable to dogs. Nothing against the canines but they are such hard work. Cats are aloof and do their own thing and it pleases me.

    Now, you just need to get her sat at the keyboard and she can do all your writing. Trouble is, she'll just babble on about telebiogenesis.

    I am a sad fan.