German households took in over 1.6 million more cats and dogs during the past Corona year compared to the previous year. (*1)
Germany has a population of 84 million people and approximately 39 million pets which includes birds, fish and reptiles in addition to furry four-legged creatures like cats, dogs, hamsters, bunnies etc. (*2)
Here in Germany, animal shelters had to close because of Covid. The interim solution is to place animals in "foster homes" until they are adopted. A friend of mine told me about this and I volunteered to be a kitty foster mommy.
This one-year-old female mixed breed long-haired cat arrived on Saturday as part of a "rescue mission" from Romania in a overland transport with 25 dogs and 3 other cats. Having all of their vaccinations and a specific foster home to go to was one of the many prerequisites for the animals to be able to enter Germany.
I picked her up at the veterinary clinic where she was given a quick medical check (all good) before I took her home.
Every morning I do yoga after getting out of bed. Kitty chews on my mat and generally gets in the way. In photo #3 she's showing me a new move (left hind paw around the head and below left ear).
She's giving me the opportunity to practice fast shutter speeds but unfortunately none of those captures have turned out. Perhaps I'll have some action shots in the future.
She has a very sweet, mild temperament and a quiet voice. We're speaking to her in a mixture of German and English and she's communicating in feline.
I watched a TV series last night in which the characters spoke German and Romanian (with German subtitles). I thought she would have been more interested in hearing her "native language" but she just ignored the TV.
This week she got to explore our small backyard.