Mia came to us along with her sister Ella, as 10 week old foster kittens in 2004. The kittens came from a wild mother and had received little or no contact with humans. Kittens beyond the age of 8 weeks are generally extremely difficult to soclalise. Originally our aim with the kittens was to rehabilitate them, ready for adoption. However we decided to adopt the kittens ourselves, as improvement was slow, and they were not showing signs of being able to cope in the average household.
Mia, our little grey kitten, began to respond to my efforts, and we quickly built a strong bond. Ella however was slow to trust, and was making little progress. Mia became Ella's protector and guardian, and to some degree Ella hid behind her sister's more outgoing nature. However, perseverance pays off, and four months later, after much work, for the first time Ella didn't flinch at my touch, and instead began to relax and purr. Following this monumental day she has continued to flourish.
Mia and Ella have taken me on an incredible journey of research and learning, in an attempt to successfully rehabilitate them. I am privileged to have had the opportunity to welcome them into our home, allowing them to live a life as stress free as possible, whilst encouraging them to adapt to and tolerate new experiences at their own pace. I have been constantly amazed at their adaptability and continued emotional growth, However the most vital lesson I have learnt from Mia and Ella is never to give up on an animal, no matter how hopeless the situation may appear.
Sadly I lost my beautiful grey angel Mia, aged 8, after a short battle with lymphoma in September 2012. I have never known such a beautifully natured cat, one that trusted so deeply, and loved with such a pure heart. We had the most amazing bond, and I was the only human she gave her heart to. She would wrap herself around my shoulder as I walked around the house, rush to greet me on my return home, and cling to me purring wildly at every opportunity. Mia is now safe in my heart, where she shall remain forever. Mia's little black sister Ella is still with us, and she has coped admirably since the loss of her sister. Ella's bond with me has deepened as she now looks to me for the affection she no longer receives from Mia. Ella's playful spirit and funny ways often have us in laughter, and we pray we will have her with us for many years to come.
Mia's short life has had a huge impact on me, and it is my desire is to use the vast amount of knowledge gained during her rehabilitation journey to help other cats in a similar situation. This has enabled me to provide advice to those rescuing, fostering and rehabilitating wild and unsocialised kittens and cats. For people who have taken a wild or unsocialised cat into their homes and their hearts - these cats will return tenfold what you give to them, but you must be prepared for a difficult journey, be unwavering in your dedication, expect nothing in return, and above all - have limitless patience.