Oliver

These two little guys - brother and sister - have been in foster care for oh so long and they really need - and deserve - to find their own forever home and get settled in and spoilt.

They arrived into care as two tiny kittens and both were extremely timid from not being handled at all. Although still a work in progress, you should see the transformation now!

Initially, they were terrified of everything but after a lot of patience, they now live in the main part of the house with two other cats and five dogs - all perfectly intermingling.

They both have beautiful natures but are quite different to each other as well. Oliver is more confident and outgoing - more advanced, perhaps - and although Olivia is yet to reach that point, I am sure she will.

Both are very friendly and love human contact.

Half Way Home

The two kittens are being fostered on behalf of Halfway Home Animal Rescue and all inquiries must be made through them. Click here or on the image to the right and go to their web site to make an inquiry about adopting these two little ones.

Adoption Fee: $250 for both
Desexed: Yes
Age: Approximately 18 months
Vaccinated: Yes
Wormed: Yes

Microchipped:

Oliver

Olivia

Yes

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Please note that Halfway Home Animal Rescue have a very thorough vetting process to ensure that all potential adoptors are the exact fit for the animals they intend adopting. We all want to make sure that the adoption is a long and happy one for everyone involved.

Olivia, when sitting upright, looks like a beautiful porcelain statue with her little pixie face and big bright eyes. She has an adorable “chirrup” to her purr and she is an absolute delight, full of affection and loves being patted and massaged. She hasn’t completely overcome her shyness but her foster mum believes it is only time and patience as she has come such a long way already. Her favourite place is on the computer desk just chilling and watching and is grateful for the occasional pat.

Oliver is a big, bold, confident and extremely affectionate cat. He loves having conversations with you. He is happy to climb on your lap or on your bed for a very long smoochy cuddle and massage. He is a very contented cat, easily entertained, low maintenance and doesn’t cause a fuss about anything – except at dinner time – he absolutely loves his meal times.

Neither particularly like being picked up – at the moment – but I am sure this will happen as the next step. Oliver is at the stage where he can be picked up, scratched and placed down but Olivia still doesn’t like being picked up at all but I am positive this will change over time. Both of them climb onto my lap of their own accord to curl up for naps or pats.

When the two Ollies first arrived into foster care they were both extremely timid and fearful. Oliver has developed into a very confident and trusting cat slightly faster than Olivia who still wavers with trusting humans completely. Every day – and a hundred times a day - when she actively seeks to be patted but shrinks slightly under the feel of my hand - she crosses that invisible barrier between timidity and trust and back again. At some point in time, I am confident that she will cross that barrier for the last time and give herself to trusting completely – just as Oliver has already done – and all it will take is some time and patience.

Oliver is 100% ready for adoption on his own but I feel that Olivia may suffer if she is left behind. Although there are still two cats here, she needs the presence of her best friend and brother to continue gaining her own confidence which I am also 100% sure – given the right environment – will happen.

This is a good question and I am glad you asked. If the old joke, “Dogs have owners, cats have servants” applies to the average cat, then Oliver and Olivia are not your average cats. They love human attention but are not overly demanding. They love being petted and massaged but have never swatted my hand away to say “enough”. If Olivia holds back slightly, it is her timidity only. Neither could ever be described as aloof.

They would both be a very easy fit into a quiet relaxed lifestyle. I don't think the kittens themselves would do well with small children or a lot of noise as they could become fearful and timid again. Neither of them have ever shown the slightest bit of aggression so they would never hurt a child but may scratch in an attempt to escape.

Both kittens are very non demanding. Their coats are low maintenance. Their health has been very good. They love human attention but don't crave it or demand more when you need to concentrate on something else. They have never been outside and have never shown a great desire to go outside. (Given the chance, though, no doubt they would as they show all the normal curiosity of cats.) A variety of toys, a scratching post, a nice comfortable day bed and lots of human interaction and they are very content.

There is no reason why they wouldn't - given time to adjust! After a lot of patience, the kittens were able to be integrated with all the other dogs and cats and peacefully co-exist. Being timid, they both still get a bit jumpy at sudden noises or movements from the larger more boisterous dogs but they know that the dogs won't hurt them or attack them and they are confident in that regard.

This is the rogues gallery of the animals that Olivia and Oliver currently live with in foster care.

  • Atticus
  • Mordy
  • Hugo
  • Scout
  • Davey
  • Wilfred
  • Gabrielle
 

It is very important when making the introductions between dogs and cats that things happen slowly and this should happen after they are already confident with the house and surroundings and people. Even though the Ollies are very used to living with five dogs, it will still take some time for them to be comfortable around a new dog. Keep the dog on lead initially and don't let him get overly excited. Keep the initial meetings fairly brief and it is actually best if the familiarisation is not forced - everyone should go about doing what they are doing and just ignore the cats. They will relax and settle in their own time.

It is also important that they have a permanent escape route to run to such as another room where the dog cannot follow them. This is in case the dog does get excited or barks when visitors come to the door etc and the kittens get startled.

My opinion is that they should be both indoor cats but I also lean towards all cats should spend the majority of their time indoors where it is so much safer for them – and safer for all the small critters who may become their prey. Oliver normally comes when called. Olivia, if she were to be chased by a dog or became scared for whatever reason, could revert to being very fearful and panicky and hide rather than come home.

Apart from the normal hazards outdoors of cars, bikes, dogs, there are a lot of cruel people out there and stupid superstitions about black cats still permeate our culture – unbelievably!

OliviaA lot of cats are very sensitive to change – they hate it – and timid cats even more so. I would expect that there would be some regression to their timid ways when they head to their new home.

To allow them to gain confidence in their new environment, everything should be introduced in little steps so as to not overwhelm them – and this includes people, rooms and other pets. Let them adjust to one new thing at a time.

So when they first come home with you – and you know you want to – consider leaving them for a couple of days in a bathroom or small room without too many hiding places but where they will feel safe because they will also take some time to adjust to the presence of their new owner. As they become confident, slowly build up the introductions of more rooms, more people other pets.

I have never seen either of them sharpening their claws on the furniture – unlike my other two! They do have a large scratching pole/tree which they utilise. They are not destructive at all.

Both are very good eaters and start making it known they are ready for dinner about 5.30 pm when they know that dinner will be served at 6.00 pm. They have a good quality dry food available at most times and have a small can each of good quality wet food or cooked chicken in the evening which they love. (They aren’t fussy eaters but do turn their noses up at the cheaper cans of wet food and kibble!)

They have used the litter trays from day one which, of course is extremely important when they are indoor cats. One tray per cat plus a spare is ideal, if the room permits and especially if the owners are absent for long periods during the day. It is equally important that the solid waste is removed from the trays at least twice a day and litter/crystals changed regularly before it reaches the point where the moisture is no longer being absorbed. A clean tray will ensure it gets used but they may not use it if they have to rake over past deposits.

Their overall health is very good. They are very robust, happy, contented and low maintenance kittens. Regular vaccinations and check-ups required only. They need good quality food to ensure good on-going dental health. Their coats are low maintenance but should be brushed regularly to remove loose fur in order to avoid the cats ingesting it while they groom themselves.

One copy of the beautiful 'my cat's record book' will be going with the two Ollies. This is a beautiful book to keep everything about them in one place - all their health records, vet visits, photos, etc. It contains some very helpful advice on preparations, the new arrival, living together and lots and lots of beautiful photos.

my cat's record

my cat's record

Start Seeing Black DogsIt's true, black cats do have a lower adoption rate than other coloured cats. It can be difficult to get decent photographs. Their personalites don't necessarily shine brightly like other coloured cats because the facial definition is not present. When at a shelter, they can disappear in the gloom of a cage and not be noticed. You can help right the wrong!

It beggars belief that superstitions surrounding black cats as the bearers of bad luck still survive.

As their foster carer, I can state that Oliver and Olivia are beautiful cats and deserve the very best. If I didn't already have two of my own, they wouldn't ever leave here but it is not possible to have four permanently.

Foster caring is about bringing out the best in them to enable them to find good and loving forever homes. The best was always in the two Ollies and they have slowly revealed it and continue to do so.

I genuinely suspect that the Ollies new owners will be overwhelmed with good luck!

 

Start Seeing Black Dogs

  • SH-Olivia Bright
  • SH-Oliver Dusty
  • SH-Oliver Bench
  • SH-Oliver Comfortable Anywhere
  • SH-Both Windowledge
  • SH-Both Windowsill
  • SH-Oliver-licking Lips
  • SH-Oliver Playing
  • SH-Oliver Yawning
  • SH-Olivia
  • SH-Olivia Inquisitive
  • SH-Olivia Patio
  • SH-Olivia Printer
  • SH-Patio
  • Dinner Time
 

If you wish to make contact in relation to the set-up of the website, please email  (fosters@fostercatsanddogs.com) but any inquiries in relation to the possible adoption of Oliver and Olivia need to be made via the Halfway Home Animal Rescue website at: Half Way Home

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