When Diesel was a kitten he adored a little girl who lived across the street, she didn’t have any pets of her own so Diesel and her often hung out together. Diesel has a personality more like a dog than a cat, he is loyal, playful and full of character. He would fetch toys when you threw them for him. He would also steal another neighbor’s washing off his clothes rack, socks seemed to be Diesel’s fetish.
I wasn’t sure how happy Diesel would be with the move to our busy little house, there is never a quiet moment when you are living with a five-year old girl but the real noise comes from my often over excited two-year old son. Diesel has spent his first three days in our home trying to establish a few good sleeping spots, comfortable sleeping spots are vital to any cats relaxed lifestyle. The couch is already occupied by Tiger-Lilly a rather overweight grey and white cat, Tiger-Lilly has no issue with sharing with Diesel, she seems to like other cats and hasn’t even let out the slightest snarl or hiss but Diesel wants a spot of his own.
My bed is not an option Shadow, my beautiful girl from the Queenstown Cat Rescue has made this very clear, she doesn’t mind Diesel but there is no way she is going to share a bed, or a food bowl with him which he learnt this morning after a very clear hiss, sharing a house yes food and bed, no way. Their friendship, even their tolerance of each other may take some time.
Diesel already knew our bulldog Austin before he came to live here because I used to take Austin to work with me everyday so they are fine together but Austin sleeps in my daughter Briley’s room heck he gets on her bed if he can. Anyone who knows bulldogs will know that they can snore with the best of them, making sleeping with them, even just in the same house at times trying but Briley doesn’t seem to notice him even as he heaves himself up onto her bed while she is sleeping. Austin and Diesel get on great but as I said Diesel wants a spot he can call his own.
That leaves him a little limited we only have a three bedroom house so down he goes to the room occupied by the rowdiest member of this family, big call but it has paid off for him, none of the other animals have been game enough to try to sleep with little Ty. I can see a great friendship growing there, Diesel has been around long enough to know how to handle a full on little kid like Ty so I think they are the perfect match.
When I hand raised Diesel I thought he was going to be like the others before him, I thought he would go off to a great new home and in all reality I thought I would possibly never see him again. He was about five weeks and I knew I would never give him up, there were great homes out there but I couldn’t do it, he had such spark.
Diesel doesn’t have a tail now but yes he did used to, he lost it after he was hit by a car when he was only four months old. It was horrible I arrived home one night after going out for dinner to find him on my bed, thankfully the tail was his only major injury, yes he had some minor grazes and a few torn nails but all in all he had held up well against the car. He had surgery three days later to amputate it at the base and to be honest he hasn’t looked back since, it never slowed him down, his recovery was almost instant he was a star patient.
Last night I sat watching a movie, having a night in, I wanted to be home to keep Diesel company while he settles in to life with us. I cracked open a bottle of wine for me and a packet of treats for him, I think he recognized the sound of me slumping into my chair. The memories flooded back to me as he meowed and reached out his paws and dug his claws into my knee, just enough to make me acknowledge his presence. I handed him a treat and before he had enough time to swallow it he had leaped up, demanded another treat, snuggled into me then relaxed in a ball on my knee, which is where he stayed for the entire movie. I think Diesel is going to enjoy life at home here with me, I know I am going to enjoy having him back. I have had the pleasure of sharing my home with many different animals and what they give back to us as owners in immeasurable but this cat is something else, he is something very special.
Let me introduce myself, I am a veterinary nurse from Queenstown, New Zealand and I worked for Remarkable Vets for about 7 years. But this blog is not about me, this is the ‘New Beginning’s Story’ of Diesel our beloved clinic cat, Diesel was in my opinion the star of our T.V show Remarkable Vets.
Diesel no longer enjoys his life at the clinic, he is now nine years old and is tired of the hustle and bustle that come with living in a busy veterinary clinic. He is opening more random bags of food and scratching more unsuspecting patients than usual, making him no longer a friendly welcoming face to the practice. He is craving the comforts of home he needs a warm lap so snuggle up to at nights. I hand raised Diesel when he was about seven days of age so now that he is ready there was no question as to wear he would go, of course he would come home to live with my family and I.
He has hurdles to leap, he has to find his place within our busy family. A lot has changed since he lived with me, two new cats Tiger-Lilly and Shadow, two new dogs Austin and Scout but I think the biggest new additions to get used to are my two small children Briley and Ty. Diesel has always adapted well to new situations and adventures and I think as soon as he realizes how warm the kids beds are at night he will feel very much at home.
Diesel has a huge ego and always enjoyed his visits from fans that enjoyed watching him on our NatGeo and TVNZ show so it seemed a shame for his star to stop just because he has moved away from the clinic, I am sure he will have many more adventures and moments to shine and I will be sure to share them all with you.