She was diagnosed with the terminal cancer six months ago. Now finding homes for her seven much-loved rescue cats are top priority.
“I didn’t know how much there was to do when you were dying,” she says.
“All I want to do is get my cats into homes before I die. I want to know they are safe and secure.”
She shares her home with Max, Ella, Willow, Whisper, GinGin, Bubba and Zac.
Her one-bedroom flat is kept in immaculate French chic style, not a furballs in sight.
“I wake up in the morning and it’s like a cattery, they’ve obviously been playing. I have no idea what they get up to but every morning I clean their bowls and put away toys. Cats are very clean animals. It’s people who are not clean. I’ve never liked going anywhere and sitting down only to stand up with a bumful of fur so I vacuum every day.
“This is just my top, top priority. I can die in peace if I knew they are all happy and healthy and with people who could love them. Putting them down is not an option. I know there must be people out there who take on rescue cats because I’ve done it.
“Rescue cats have special needs and issues that once you understand them, you will reap rewards, they give heaps back.”
If she had her choice, four of the cats would go in pairs as they love being together. So Zac and Whisper would stay together. So would Willow and GinGin.
Ella and GinGin both featured in the Christchurch book, Quake Cats.
“Max is a black and white fluffy. He is fantastic with me, a real companion cat, he’ll follow you about and you can brush him, he plays with water and is a lap cat. He would prefer to be a solo cat in a house.
“Ella is a fluffy tortoiseshell, playful and demanding with a strong personality. She’d prefer to be on her own.
“Whisper is grey and white, she is quite timid but really likes hanging out with Zac and is happy to be with other cats.
Bubba is a black cat, a loveable rogue. He used to hiss and spit but now he’s a real teddy bear. He loves to be picked up but I can’t do that too often because he’s a big boy.
If you can help, or for more information, contact Antionette on ph 965 3578
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