Here at the Cairo Pets HQ, there are a few cats that hang around in the street. One in particular, has been the mother of many litters of kittens, and was starting to look a tad worn down. Most recently, she appeared to have had a surviving litter of 3. Our very own, Sarah Blakemore, of Cairo Pets decided to take it upon herself to see what she could do for these felines. The kittens received their first round of shots, and the mother was spayed.
Once the kittens had their shots, the Cairo Pets crew proceeded to give the kittens a well needed bath. It has not yet been determined whether the kittens agreed that said bath was well needed. After the bathing experience the kittens were named Zar Zar, Tiger and Fang.
Of the three kittens, Zarzar appeared to be the most likely candidate for being adopted. Emeline, of Cairo Pets, was also looking for a kitten to befriend her 4 month old kitten, Lucky, who is incredibly playful. Strangely, Zarzar and Lucky look almost exactly alike. Unfortunately, Zarzar, having been well trained by his mother, was painfully afraid of just about everything.
This was soon to present a problem. Like most kittens, when presented with some sort of playful device, the kitten is soon to pounce and play. Strangely, Zarzar seemed to back away in fear with his ears down. This was quite obviously a mystery for the other kitten, Lucky, constantly cocking her head sideways ready to playfully pounce on Zarar. Zarzar, on the other hand, wasn’t quite used to this so he instantly went into defense mode making the most horrendous screaming sounds and ready to protect himself.
So, Emeline did the most reasonable thing, she went online. How do you teach a kitten to play?! Low and behold there was no info on how to teach a kitten to play, understandably. Instead she found how to teach a kitten to play gently. Well, that doesn’t help! So, with a frustrated kitten, Lucky, who was ready to play, she did the only thing she could think of; why not run around the house chasing, and being chased by Lucky? Perhaps that would spark the interest of Zarzar? Not so much…
Little by little, Zarzar started to mimic playing as Lucky. As though they were taking turns, Lucky would play with an object, and then move away from it. Then, as if Lucky was saying, ‘Now it’s your turn, young grasshopper,’ Zarzar would move in on the object, and give a good kick, bite, and roll around. Thanks to Lucky, Zarzar is on his way to being healthy, and just as playful as Lucky!