Cat Family Story #15: Leeloo, Chilli, Pingu
What are the names of your cats?
Leeloo, Chilli and Pingu
Photo (above) of Pingu taken by @3_lucky_cats
Where is your cat family located in?
Sydney NSW, Australia
What is the breed of your cats?
They are street born rescue cats.
How old are your cats?
Leeloo is 4, Chilli & Pingu are 3.
Where can we find your cats on social media?
On Instagram @3_lucky_cats
Photo (above): Chilli and Leeloo just hanging out.
In a few short words/sentences, tell us about your cats' personalities.
Leeloo was the very first cat for us. She is the boss of the house, I think we spoiled her because she was the first and go all our attention. She has to get what she wants and she would keep calling (it's not a meow, but a funny Leeloo's kind of sound) until we arrive at her service.
Chilli is very timid towards other people and she doesn't like other cats much either. I think it's because she doesn't like rough playing. She is extremely gentle. When we got her, she was 6 months old, we couldn't even pick her up, she didn't enjoy being touched. Now she doesn't mind and she loves to be brushed. Pingu is a very chilled cat, he loves to relax and watch others. Before eating, he wants our attention. He loves dry food and he couldn't live without his biscuits which he wants to eat in small portions 20x a day.
How have your cats transformed your life from the moment you've met them till now?
Leeloo changed everything. Literally. She taught us a lot about cats (we had no experience with cats before). We got involved in street cat feeding, rescue work and we even started our own business with cat furniture and accessories. Our lifestyle is very different since we adopted her. They bring so much joy, love, and happiness into our life. Our life is so much more "purryfull" with them and we couldn't imagine living without cats anymore.
What do your cats mean to you?
Everything, they are our babies. We don't understand how some people can get rid of their pets when their situation change. Even if we move to another country they will go with us no matter what. We belong together forever.
How did you and your cats first meet? Tell it to us in the form of a short story.
We have a friend, Aravinda's work colleague who is a kitten foster carer. She brings kittens to work (yes, they allow it at WWF) and people come to play with kittens during their work breaks. Sometimes people take kittens home for a weekend or a few days.
This often means people fall in love and decide to adopt a kitten or two. That is exactly what happened to us. We had 2 kittens for a few days just for a play, Leeloo's siblings, but they were already adopted. Then we brought Leeloo. She was very tiny and scared. She went to hide and we couldn't get her out for a few hours. I fell in love with her immediately. We did not plan to adopt a cat, but I couldn't imagine my life without this little one anymore. She turned our life upside down.
Nearly a year after Chilli came, although she is a very pretty cat, no one wanted to adopt her, because she wasn't very friendly and easy to pet. I thought Leeloo would be happy to have a sibling (nop - later we understood it wasn't the case, but we also made few mistakes when introducing them). At some point, it looked like they were getting close. When they curled up together grooming each other, Leeloo would finish it with a bite, and Chill would jump up and leave.
After some time Chilli would avoid Leeloo's company. Now they tolerate each other but are not best friends, they don't sleep together. Pingu was a foster fail. Aravinda fell in love with him so we kept him. He proved to be a good match for us, he loves other cats and is also very social with people, he is really easy going and makes our home even more fun. He loves Chilli and often wants to play with her. They play only when they are outside in a larger space. I think Chilli feels safer outdoors. This is why we let them out to go for walks. We trained them not to roam around for long. One day we can share how if you like to know. They always come back soon and always greet us with face rubs, often demanding a reward. :)
What do you think your cats think of you?
Definitely they think we are a family and they can sense we belong together. You can notice it, especially when you move places. I don't think they stick with us only because of the food. They feel loved and safe with us.
Your cats are part of your family. What are some things they do that make you think that they consider you part of theirs?
It's many things, many expressions. There is one interesting one. When we are outside of our home, let's say on the street near the house, they get so excited when they see us. They meow loud, demand pets, and follow us! They don't do this to anyone else.
What are some accounts your cats like to follow on Instagram?
+ it's hard to stop, there are so many beautiful cat profiles, we could write an endless list
Why do you feel that it is important to show the world that Cats are Family?
They are sensible living creatures who deserve respect. Just because they are small or look different or even behave differently to us, it doesn't mean they are completely different. In many ways they are alike. They want unconditional love and respect, that's when they are happy and you feel it when you look into their eyes or when they sleep curled up next to you.
Isn't this what we all want? To be able to give and receive love. Animals are so innocent and you have to earn their love and trust, they make us better people, I guess. They are not something you can just give away like a toy or an old car.
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