They say that people and their pets can look alike. With their striking green eyes and vibrant coloured hair these two certainly share some similarities.
This pretty Domestic Shorthair was originally known as Lenny Penny. However, once she came into Jessica’s care, the Lenny was dropped and she became known by the more feminine and suitable name of Penny.
Jessica volunteers with Animal Aid as a foster carer for kittens and rabbits in need of a loving environment until they find their forever homes. She got to know Penny as one of her wards.
Penny’s sisters were adopted quickly as kittens but Penny was never so lucky and she remained at Animal Aid for quite some time as she grew into an adult cat. People were attracted to her beautiful tortoiseshell markings but were not able to bond with her as she always nervously ran away when anyone tried to pat her or pick her up.
Luckily, Jessica fell for her and decided to adopt Penny herself. Once the decision was made Jessica walked straight in to the cat enclosure, picked her up and placed her in a box to take her home. That surprised everyone at the shelter. As Jessica put her into the car, she looked through the holes of the box and Penny looked back and gave her a little thank you meow.
Although not “snuggle buddies” Penny instantly settled in with Toby, the family’s other cat. They enjoy playing together and just hanging out.
After four years of living with her family, Penny is still nervous of new people and doesn’t enjoy being picked up. However, she is very clever and responds to many word commands including “down stairs” “ into bed” and “time to come in”. Penny does love spending time with family members and indulging in their affection. However, she has particularly bonded with Jessica and looks to her to feel secure and protected.
Penny was very interested in meeting the three little green tree frogs who also live in her house (see previous blog) although it appears that one of them was a little unsure of meeting her.
If you would like to star with Jessica and Penny in the next edition of our fund raising book “Connected Tales III” please register here. We would love to feature images of you and your pets and tell your unique story. Entries are closing soon.