The latest news from Germany a few days ago was that Lulu and Coreena were doing well in their foster home, and a couple who were interested in them were about to visit. Lulu and Coreena are 2 of our Almerimar kittens and for a number of other reasons have a special place in my heart.
We brought them to Almerimar along with the others because Gisela who runs the cat rescue home was ill in hospital. Lulu and Coreena had actually been struggling long before this, as they had been ill for ages with it turned out a fungus infection. This is why they became such good friends as they were put together in a room separate from the other kittens, who included Coreena’s brother and sister, Ferdi and Carmen. We had been worried about them for weeks and had affectionately called them the ‘fungus kids’. Gisela’s illness gave me the opportunity to intervene, along with Dawn and Nick kindly offering to take them in.
The day I brought Lulu from the cat home she weighed only 800g at 4 months, had half her fur missing and had a bad cold. Coreena was in better shape but was also thin and patchy. It seemed that after only about 2 weeks of Dawn and Nick’s loving care and Begona our vet’s expertise, these little buddies were different cats. Both had full coats again and Lulu had doubled her weight.
I have a particular soft spot for Coreena as, along with Carmen and Ferdi, she is my cat Saidi’s grandkid. She has always been the most nervous of the 2 as she was wild in the bushes until 6-8 weeks. Dawn and Nick however loved her cheekiness and the way she looked after Lulu who was more dependent and in need of love, having been bottle fed from 10 days old.
All our hopes were that these 2 would get to stay together, and now we have our wish, because the young couple loved them and are giving them a home. Yesterday and today I had these fantastic emails from Germany:
9/01/09: “lulu and coreena have a home!today they go to their new home, a lovely young couple near my home and they are very lucky. we are happy too, because they can stay together !
10/01/09: “yes, we are so lucky too for lulu and coreena…they are so cute togehter. have different characters, but at the end of the day…they love to give each other hugs and kisses. i visited the young couples home by myself yesterday…and you see in her appartment, that they love cats so much :o))) the live on the other side of the river Rhein, where i live too…so i can visit them each time i want :o)))”
I hope to get photos in their new home soon, but for now enjoy these pictues of 2 very happy cats in their foster home:
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This is such an happy ending for these 2 who 3 months ago we thought may not even survive. Thank you again to Dawn and Nick and to everyone in Germany who has helped to make this happen.