When Natasha first arrived in Blue Cross care, she was so tiny that we couldn’t tell whether she was male or female. We settled on male and named her Oliver at first, but this changed to Olivia when we realised she was a girl! The pretty cat has since been given her third and final name, based on Judith’s happy memories.
“She was ‘Olivia’ but I had lived in France for a long time and I wanted her to have a French name,” Judith explained.
“My daughter in law asked what the French word was for spots, because of all the markings on her, and I said, ‘It’s “tache”’, so tache could be short for Natasha, so that’s why it is.
“After my dog died I thought it wasn’t fair to get another dog because they need lots of exercise and I have problems with arthritis, but I wanted a pet in the house and I have had cats before. My son’s dog is not particularly good with cats so I thought if I got a kitten I could gradually introduce them, rather than getting an older cat that wasn’t used to dogs.”
Natasha is a cat who loves to play, and she’s fallen on her paws with becoming part of Judith’s family. She has lots of toys to play with, a wonderful garden and beyond to explore, and she even has her own bedroom!
But more than that, the cat who was once a vulnerable and helpless kitten, now has a loving home with an owner who adores her, and she will never know loneliness again.
Inside Animal A&E is an eight part series following the pets coming through the doors of our Grimsby and Victoria animal hospitals.
It is aired weekly by ITV on Monday nights at 8pm, starting from 7 September. It can also be watched on ITV hub.