Jessica & Her Friends

09/11/11: A couple of days ago Anke sent me the photos that I had been waiting for. These are of Jessica in her garden, and also show her new friend, a lovely, older girl Kedi. She looks VERY happy and well, and I love the action shots of her chasing a feather toy. Her story for now is complete, almost a year to the day that I first saw her thin and badly injured, with her friends, on a piece of waste ground in Mojacar. I don’t know what would have happened to her if Matt and I hadn’t decided to rescue them all, but I knew that we had to do something. Thankyou again to Matt, to Anke and her lovely cats for all they did for her, and to Mareen and Stephan her new parents. Jessi (now Feli) is such a beautiful girl and a character, and deserves all the luck and happiness in her new life. She also proves that a cat doesn’t have to have movie star looks, and be completely perfect to find a happy home. She is one of my very special ones!


Relaxing @ Home


Relaxing @ Home


On Her Terrace


Feli & Friend Kedi


Feli & Friend Kedi


In Her Garden


In Her Garden


In Her Garden


The Feather Game


The Feather Game


The Feather Game


The Feather Game

27/10/11: Anke thinks I have sixth sense, because I was thinking about Jessi the other day, and had just asked her if she had any news, when an email arrived from her family: “I just got a Mail from the adoptants of Jessica. They are back from holiday since one week and so Jessica goes outside since last week. And she loves it. She is running through this little garden and climbing in the bushes. She is very happy and Mareen thinks she will break out of the garden because she gets better and better at climbing.” Fantastic! Now we are waiting for photos.

02/09/11: Now I do have photos of Jessi in her new home. She definitely looks happy and relaxed!


Jessi In Her Forever Home


Jessi In Her Forever Home


Jessi In Her Forever Home


Jessi In Her Forever Home


Jessi In Her Forever Home


Jessi In Her Forever Home


Jessi In Her Forever Home


Jessi In Her Forever Home


Jessi In Her Forever Home


Jessi In Her Forever Home


Jessi In Her Forever Home

24/08/11: Jessi, now called Feli, is fine in her new home. Anke drove Jessi there on Sunday, and left her trembling under the sofa which was difficult for both of them, but since then things have gone VERY well: “The first two nights she cried a little but now she knows the whole flat and likes to cuddle with Mareen and Stephan. Jessi is very freindly with Kedi, the other, cat but Kedi is still a little bit sceptical and hisses. So Jessi feels very weel and Mareen is even allowed to stroke her stomage! I am very happy that Jessi feels at home so fast.”

It looks like our lovely girl is finally settled in a home of her own and next she will have her lovely little garden to explore. Immediately below are the last photos Anke sent of her before she left. I look forward to some photos, I hope soon, of Jessi IN her garden with her new friend Kedi.

A huge thank you to Anke for everything she has done for Jessi. She and her lovely cat family have given Jessi the confidence to love and trust people, which is a big part of why she has settled so quickly. It is almost a year since I first saw her badly injured in Mojacar and decided we had to help her and her friends. All are now permanently settled apart from cheeky little Salma who is still being fostered by Kerstin, having already rejected 2 adoptants!

Good luck Jessi. We all wish you a very happy life.


Jessi Relaxing @ Anke’s


Jessi Relaxing @ Anke’s


Jessi Relaxing @ Anke’s


Jessi Relaxing @ Anke’s


Jessi Relaxing @ Anke’s

18/08/11: We think that this time Jessica really does have her forever home, with a lovely ‘sympathtic’ couple Mareen and Stephan. They visited Jessi for 3 hours at Anke’s, and although she hid at first, by the end she came into the living room and let them stroke her, while she purred gently. They have had cats before and now have a 7 year old female, whom we hope Jessi will like. They also have a lovely small, safe garden so that Jessi can go outside again at last. On Sunday Anke will take Jessi to see her new home and if everything is fine, will leave her there! Anke wrote that she is happy but sad at the same time. She will miss her so much!!!

Here are some photos of the lovely garden waiting for her:


Jessi’s Garden


Jessi’s Garden


Jessi’s Garden


Jessi’s Garden

AND here are some recent photos of Jessi in her favourite sleeping position when she loves a tummy tickle, and charming Martina by choosing to sit next to him on the sofa!


Sleeping Comfortably


Sleeping Comfortably


Jessi With Martin

19/07/11: Jessica enjoys a lazy Sunday afternoon with friends!!! She looks VERY at home!


Jessi & Friends Relax


Jessi & Friends Relax


Jessi & Friends Relax

05/07/11: MORE lovely photos arrived from Anke this week. Jessi is ‘hanging’ out with Hannibal, and taking part in the family breakfast in the last one!


Jessi With Hannibal


Jessi With Hannibal


Jessi With Hannibal


Breakfast Time

28/06/11: Today Anke sent me some lovely photos of Jessi and her friends enjoying a ‘pool party’. This looks great fun and I have just realised what those bright, big, light cat balls are for that turned up among the donations last time Chris drove to Germany. For now the foster kittens are playing with them, but after they go I think I will see if my foster kid Dusky enjoys pool play!!! Could be messy but fun!


Jessica & Friends


Jessica & Friends


Jessica & Friends


Jessica & Friends


Jessica & Friends

21/06/11: Anke sent me more lovely photos of Jessica the other day, along with this email! “I have roses in a vase on the table. I just came into my living room and saw Jessi playing with the roses leaves. Here you can see her big love for the nature πŸ™‚ On the last picture Jessi did a backward somersault playing with the leaves.”


Playful Jessica


Playful Jessica


Playful Jessica


Playful Jessica


Playful Jessica

18/06/11: Latest news of Jessica is that she is still very happy at Anke’s while we wait for the right adoptant for this very special girl. Jessi really needs a young cat to play with, as she is often trying to play too hard with Anke’s little Cini, who is 10 years old, and the other cats won’t play with her. She would also like to go outside, and needs a safe environment where her disability won’t pose a risk. Anyway all is fine for now, everybody loves her, and Anke just sent me this fantastic new photo.


Special Jessica

23/05/11: Matt, Jessi’s foster Dad here in Spain, met Anke, her current foster Mum, when he drove the cats to Germany with Chris over the weekend.

He asked Anke to give Jessi a big kiss from him and here is the evidence!! Meanwhile Anke has a homecheck for another possible forever home for Jessi on Thursday.


Jessi Getting Her kiss

17/05/11: Jessi only spent 2 nights in her new home before returning to Anke’s! It seems that her adoptant, a lovely lady called Jasmin, became very worried about Jessi being unhappy and stressed.

Jessi is back home :-). The adoptant (Jasmin) was very worried about Jessi. Jasmin was afraid she would do something wrong or that her male cat would hurt Jessi becaus of her fragileness. So Jasmin became a little bit panicy and Jessi felt that. So the situation escalated and I took Jessi home. When Jasmin tried to catch Jessi to put her in the box Jessi bit Jesmin very hard. But she gave Jessi a nice gift (picture is attached) and wished her the best.
When Jessi arrived here, she came out of her box and started directly to purr. She came to me to spoon with me and than she greeted my four cats very happyly πŸ™‚ It seemed like she was never away :-)”

It seems that Jasmin wanted to give Jessi a home but found dealing with a slightly handicapped, slightly nervous cat too stressful. This is a shame, but another family are interested in her, and so I hope she will be settled soon. They have 5 cats and live in a village where it will be safe for Jessi to go outside, which is what she would really like to be able to do.

In the meantime she is very happy to be back ‘home’ with Anke AND Anke says that she has never taken so many pictures of a foster cat before. But Jessi IS special!


Jessi’s Gift


Happy To Be Home


Happy To Be Home


Happy To Be Home


Happy To Be Home


Happy To Be Home


Happy To Be Home


Happy To Be Home


Happy To Be Home


Happy To Be Home

16/05/11: Today I am happy and sad together for Jessi. She has spent her first night in her new home which is good news!

BUT for now she is unhappy, because she does not understand why she must leave her lovely foster home with Anke. I hope in a few days all will be fine with her and she will have her forever home. Anke sent me this email:

“Jessi is in her new home. The first night she was crying al lot but she was alone in a room and I think, she was never alone in her live. Today she will meet the male cat and I am very curious about it. The adoptant is realy nervous and she phoned me this morning because she ist afraid that Jessi is unhappy…. ”

05/05/11: Yesterday I received more lovely photos of another big cuddle session on the bed for Jessi and her friends.

She is definitely more interested in the boy cats, as Anke says!


Jessi With Hannibal & Charly


Jessi With Hannibal & Charly


Very Contented Jessi

01/05/11: Today Anke sent me even more photos of Jessi ‘cuddling up’ to the boys AND Anke herself!

“Yesterday afternoon there was a big cuddle round in the bed πŸ™‚ And you can still see, Jessi prefers the male cats.”


Jessi & Her New Friends


Jessi & Her New Friends


Jessi & Her New Friends


Jessi & Her New Friends

28/04/11: Already Anke has sent me more news and photos of this special lady!

“She likes male cats! Jessi is now trying to find her place in the group. If Hannibal or Charly come in the room she greets them and it looks like a courtier rendering homage to the king. But for Hanni and Charly she is like air. πŸ™‚
So Jessi is still looking where her place under the girls is. She tried to fight with Nelly but she wonΒ΄t do this a second time πŸ˜‰ But Cini is afraid of Jesse I think because of her hobble. So Jessi hounds Cini a lot showing that she is bigger and stronger. But Jessi is not realy aggressive I think it is only the fight for her place in the group.”


Jessi With Charly


Jessi With Charly


Jessi With Charly


Jessi With Charly & Hanni


Jessi With Charly, Nelly & Hanni


Jessi With Charly & Hanni


Jessi With Charly

24/04/11: Jessica (Jessi) is one of the special ones; not only was she the main mother cat of the Subway cat colony in Mojacar, but she is a definite survivor!

When I was first saw Jessica and the other Subway cats they were living on a piece of waste ground, next to the restaurant of the same name in Mojacar. Of the 12 we rescued between the end of October and the end of November 2010, 10 were females, and of these 9 were of kitten bearing age! Matt and I decided to rescue the whole colony which was a major exercise as these were semi-feral cats, and foster places and funding wasn’t exactly forth-coming.

Rescuing a whole colony is not the norm for us, even thought this one was small. Why did I want to do it? Really because of Jessica and also because of Levi’s beautiful face! These 2 cats stole my heart, and as they proved to be the most difficult to catch, all the others were rescued while we continued to try and help Jessica in particular!

Jessica was badly injured with half of her back left leg missing, we believe bitten off, or torn off by some kind of trap. How she survived this we do not know but survive she did. At only about a year old, Jessica had not only been through this trauma but also raised a litter of look-alike kittens, as we believe 2 of the smaller coyote girls (Salma & Phoebe) are probably hers.

Once inside, Jessica, along with most of the others was nervous but not aggressive, and being used to being fed by humans, we deemed her semi-feral and very re-homable. Next for her was a serious operation to remove the remainder of her useless leg, and then some months at Matt’s (with twin Shakira) convalescing and learning to socialise. During this time Matt grew very fond of Jessica, whom he described as quite cheeky and a real character. At times she was spotted playing with a ball through the conservatory window, but when he went into the room, she would always pretend it wasn’t her! There was definitely something about Jessica!

Along with Jessica we rescued 2 very feral adults females, who were not re-homable, and were quickly relocated to farmland, coyotes Pilar and Phoebe (Jessica’s wilder daughter), who are now living on Matt’s land and coming for food and treats daily, Jessica’s sister Shakira, who was also injured, having a bad bite when rescued, and coyote Dolores, (now in a foster home in Germany) of similar age and we think sister to Pilar.

The other Subway cats you have already met. Purdey the beautiful and her brother Levi the very handsome are both in Germany, as is gorgeous Siam boy Mocha and nervous little Jasmin! Meanwhile adorable little ‘witch’ Salma makes up the last of the 6 coyote girls. All are doing well apart from one very sad story.

Shakira and Jessica were both found in Germany to have serious parasites and to be carriers of the corona virus. Unfortunately in Shakira’s case, this mutated to its deadly form of FIP for which there is no cure. So we and Jessica lost her sister. It was a very sad time for all who knew Shakira and particularly for Anke the twin’s foster Mum in Germany. Jessica however reacted differently. It was almost as if she knew her sister was dying and was watching and waiting. As soon as Shakira was gone, Jessica felt able to start enjoying her new life, proving again how amazingly resilient these wonderful animals are.

She is now going from strength to strength, and after all the traumas in her short life, seems to have learnt to become a young, fun-loving cat again. Motherhood, injury, sickness, hunger, fear and loss were all a part of her old life, but now her life is full of love, friends, comfort, good food and security. What could be better? For Jessica not a lot, apart from a strong desire to be outside again. My final hope for her is that a forever home with a garden will make her wonderful new life complete. She deserves it!

Enjoy all the photos of this special girl and Anke’s emails from Germany. I wish her and her friends all the health and happiness in their new lives!!!

“I am just so happy about Jessi. Now you can see that she is a young cat full of vitality. Even now she is running through the flat like a flash. She loves to play and if I call for her she is coming to be stroked.” – Anke

“Yesterday I was playing with Jessi the whole evening. After that she came on the couch to spoon with me πŸ™‚ She is a wonderful and happy cat, very cute. Here are some photos I made this morning.” – Anke

I told Anke she was a star foster Mum for the slightly shy cats, but she said it was her own cats that are the stars. You can see them in some of the photos. They accept and love all Anke’s foster cats who come and go. Anke says that it is them who have given Jessi her new found confidence with life and people, and have encouraged her to play and join in their fun! One of the first mornings Jessi was with Anke, she streamed into the bedroom in the morning with Anke’s 4 cats, like one of the tribe!

20/04/11:


Jessi Loves To Play


Jessi Loves To Play


Jessi Loves To Play


Jessi Loves To Play


Jessi Loves To Play


Jessi Loves To Play

15/04/11:

“Sorry, one more time itΒ΄s me. But Jessi is too cute. I love her πŸ™‚
But I will try to stop making photos all the time :-)”
– Anke

14/04/11:

“Here are some new photos of Jessi playing together with Cini. First they ran through the corridor like two missiles than they played on the cat tree :-)” – Anke


Jessi & Cini


Jessi & Cini


Jessi & Cini


Jessi & Cini

13/04/11:

“Jessi enjoying her life!” – Anke

11/04/11:

Some earlier photos of Jessica with her sister Shakira at Matt’s in Spain:


Jessica With ‘Twin’ Sister Shakira (foreground)


Jessica


Jessica


Jessica


Shakira


Shakira

AND finally, this is my first photo of a very frightened, injured Jessica just after she was rescued:


Jessica

Jessi IS a very special cat. She has come such a long way, and is now running around in Anke’s words, “like a comet”, un-concerned about her disability. She is happy, and now a beautiful, joyful cat, full of life. I am SO happy we were able to help her, and a HUGE thank you to Matt & Iain, Anke & Martin, Katzenherzen, Chris & Ken, Eduardo and Ellen the vets, Anke’s cats and everyone else who has helped Jessi in any way!

9 thoughts on “Jessica & Her Friends

  1. Diane

    She looks so happy what a shame she cant stay with Anke.

  2. Sands Post author

    Anke is a fantastic foster Mum, particularly for more nervous cats, helped by her very friendly own cats. The problem is she can’t keep every foster cat! And she is hoping to find a home for Jessi where it is very safe for her to spend some time outside. Here’s hoping!

  3. Wiebke

    What a great idea – the pool party. I must try that with Siggi and Katje… They both enjoy the water bucket in the garden (they jump into when there is no water in it or sit on top to hang the head down and drink the dirty water) and if I find some balls like those Jon the photos, we will start a pool party, too. Looking forward to it πŸ™‚

  4. Anke

    They also have a lot of fun with corks on the water πŸ™‚

  5. elaine

    aww..jessi is beautiful….i can’t believe how dedicated everybody is…x x

  6. Sands Post author

    Yes she is our beautiful 3-legged cat! A real character!!!

  7. Anke

    It was so hard to let her go. My sweetheart!
    But I am very happy because of her fantastic forever home. Mareen and Stephan are so sympatic new “parents”.

  8. elaine

    I can imagine Anke…it must have been very difficult but relief that she has settled with her new parents….x

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