Molly met Amanda’s family and boyfriend over Facetime or Zoom calls during the lockdown.
“I’d described Molly to my sister, and she told me: ‘She sounds just like you Amanda’ and I agree she has so many traits that are like me. Really loving and playful, sometimes a little needy, but with a feisty side.”
Usually a super active and social person, lockdown coupled with debilitating sciatica had also left Amanda feeling down and lonely.
But Molly was by her side - even for home physio and exercise sessions, as she worked to get the painful condition under control.
"Molly is there wanting my attention, rolling around under me as I do press ups or chasing my toes when I do certain Pilates moves," Amanda said.
“When you’re having to work from home on your own it can get lonely. I’m used to seeing lots of people day to day. Seeing people baking with their families on social media, with lots of children keeping them busy, made me feel lonely. It’s so quiet in my flat and days feel a bit odd when you’re a people person. Molly has been such a great companion.”
Amanda, who grew up with animals, moved back to Oxfordshire from London a few years ago, seeking quiet and to save up for a home of her own.
“Once I moved here, I thought about a cat or dog, but the timing wasn’t right, my place needed some renovation work at the start and then with me being out at work each day, I just didn’t pursue it.
“When Molly came along, I didn’t expect to keep her, I just wanted to help Blue Cross during lockdown, but I don’t think I realised I needed her as much as she needed me!
“Her personality is just so adorable. She's playful, cute and very loveable. She’s so fluffy now. I’ve cut away and brush out a lot of her knotted fur, and gradually her grubby, stained yellow paws are turning back to white.
“She loves the sunshine, curling up and rolling around in whichever is the warmest spot, at different times of day. I could see how happy she was to have a home of her own.
“She’s not interested in playing with any cables or clothes if they’re lying around. I think one of the great things about older cats is that they’re quite content to lounge around, have some cuddles, chase some toys before snuggling up for a nap again – she loves her room which I call Molly’s Room – she goes in there often to sleep.
“When Blue Cross called me to ask whether I would like to keep her it was actually my birthday, and it was a no brainer. I couldn’t bear the idea of being parted from Molly.
“It’s the weirdest thing not knowing anything about her past life, she is just so loveable and playful for a 15-year-old cat, but I do know her future is here with me.”