My Purrfect Pets Series focuses on different bloggers and their families – including their furry family of course! We all have different lives and I find it amazing to get a glimpse into other peoples homes and connect with them on all levels so I put them under the grill and ask them some questions. As a pet lover myself, I’m always keen to investigate how other people are doing it. This is a pet-positive series that any families with a pet of any kind can take part in, send me an email if you’re interested in being the next featured purrfect family!
Can you tell us a little about the animals you have and your family?
We have a Bengal cat called Anja. She is 12 years old and we’ve had her longer than our children! My kids are 8, 7 and 4.
Do you think your children will benefit from growing up in a household with pets?
I think growing up with animals is so important. Children learn how they should treat something that is more vulnerable than themselves and teaches them responsibility. I have also met adults that are scared of cats and dogs, so I think this helps beat the fear.
How much extra work do you think is involved every day taking care of Anja?
Looking after a cat isn’t as hard work as other animals. We have to make sure she has food, water, a clean litter tray and make sure she is wormed. Although, as we don’t have a cat flap, we spend most of the time letting her in and out of the house. She can never make up her mind!
How do you think Anja feels having three children about?
Anja loves the children. Considering she didn’t have any dealings with small people for her first few years, we’re really pleased. If there’s a lap or a bed with a sleeping child, she will find it.
What would you say is the most challenging thing about living with Anja?
The most challenging thing is the noise. She is a very vocal cat, so she likes to shout. A lot. Some of the neighbours have commented on the noise, and our house is detached! She isn’t great at nap times.
I have a bengal too, they definitely are a vocal breed which is something for new owners to consider. What would you say is the best thing about having Anja?
Companionship and cuddles are the best things about her. Even when the family is out, she is pottering about and will chat to you. And in the evening, she will always curl up at the end of our bed.
Do you have any advice for anyone who is thinking about adding a cat to their family?
I think a cat is a great addition to a family. However, never push the relationship. By that, I mean don’t pick the cat up and cuddle them whenever you want. I see this quite often and the cat can look very annoyed. Let your cat come to you when they want a cuddle. Cats are the boss!