Our Cat Adoption Journey and Introducing Thor and Loki

One of the things Nick and I were most excited about when we bought our house was getting cats. We've wanted one for years but living in a first floor flat near a main road meant that it wasn't really fair on the cat, so decided to wait until we were somewhere a bit quieter and with a garden. So once we were settled in we decided to have a look into the cat adoption process, and I thought I'd blog about it in case it was helpful to anyone else who's planning to get cats or kittens.

We knew we wanted to get a cat from a rescue centre and, as the previous owners of our house had got their cats from Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, we decided to give them a ring. They took our details and then arranged a home visit, where someone comes to check that your home is suitable for cats and give you advice on how to care for them. This was all hugely new to me as I've never owned cats before (my dad doesn't like them - I think he must have been a mouse in a previous life or something), but even Nick learned a few things as a veteran cat owner!

Thankfully the home visit went well - though we were advised to get an older cat due to our proximity to the main road - and a few days later we went down to the centre to meet some of the cats.

I have to say I was really impressed with the cats' homes; having been to other shelters I was expecting cramped cages, but these were more like kitty palaces - clear Perspex fronts filled with spaces to climb on, caves to hide in and loads of toys. Think a really fancy cattery and you'll get some of the way there.

After a quick chat with one of the rehoming team, we were let in to the pen of a pair of four-year-old brothers. They took to us straight away and were rubbing their heads on us and coming in for kisses, and we were hooked! We arranged to take them home the next day and decided to name them Thor and Loki (yes, after the Marvel characters).

That was two and a half months ago, and now here they are! If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter you will have seen loads of pictures of these two already, but here are a few of my favourite shots:

It's not easy to tell them apart, but Thor is slightly slimmer and has a thinner tail. He also has a small white patch on his chest, whereas Loki is all black.

Both are lovely boys - they were a little wary at first but super-affectionate once they get to know you and love playing with their toys and with us. Loki is the more confident one, always wanting to explore and the first to do anything, whereas Thor is a bit shyer but loves fuss and will often follow me around like a little furry shadow! They both like curling up next to me on the sofa as well, although I think it's mainly proximity to the radiator/laptop...

I also want to give a huge shout-out to the staff at Battersea - it's obvious that they all care deeply about each and every animal in their care and that they want to find them the perfect loving forever home. They were also enormously helpful in terms of giving us advice and all the information we needed to take good care of the cats. I hope the boys are just as happy here with us as they were at Battersea!

I hope this was useful to any wannabe cat owners; do let me know what you think in the comments. If you have a cat, what are your tips for new cat owners?


  1. They're gorgeous! We're hoping to get a cat now we have our own house too. Just waiting for the builders to finish our road, it'd be too dangerous at the moment with all the construction trucks going past x

    1. Thank you! And yes, definitely good idea to wait with the road (though I still fret about these two and the road behind our house even though they go nowhere near it). Hope it was a useful post and looking forward to seeing the cat pictures!

  2. Aww what gorgeous cats! Hope they are settling in well x

    1. Thank you! They are settling in very well - keen to explore everything and happy playing as well as just being snuggled up. I can't imagine our home without them now :)