Rufus & Martha
These two beautiful kitties came into my life in the summer of 2010 and I couldn’t imagine life without them now. They are siblings and named after the singers Rufus and Martha Wainwright.
They were born in Salford and the humans tasked with looking after the mother and her litter were sadly not doing a great job. The health of the mother and litter started to deteriorate quickly. She stopped feeding her kittens due to a suspected infection and her humans did not take her to the vets. Two of the kittens in the litter passed away at just three weeks old and we received a call to let us know that they were worried about the rest of the litter, including the two I had picked out a week earlier. The original plan was to take them home at about 8 weeks but we ended up taking them at just three weeks old. We later found out the mother and the rest of the litter didn’t survive.
Rufus, being the biggest kitten in the litter was already eating solid food but poor Martha was not and her health was not good. She was dehydrated and underweight. On first seeing her the vet couldn’t believe she was alive. Both of them were filthy and had fleas too. Martha needed feeding with a special formula by syringe for several weeks and with the help of the vet, the health of both of them started to improve. Martha had to be weighed regularly and I had to return home from work a couple of times a day to feed her.
The two were full of love for each other for at least the first year as you’ll see some of the pictures are of them together. As many siblings do they soon grew out of that and their relationship these days is more one of tolerance than love. They do play together sometimes though. Each one has their own favourite places in the house and they have very different personalities.
Rufus has allergies and needs a steroid injection almost weekly. It’s sadly not been possible to work out what the cause is to date. Inside the house he dominates Martha a little bit, although she’s got much better at standing up to him in recent years. Outside the house however he’ll run a mile if a strange cat comes into the garden! It’s Martha’s job to chase them off!
Rufus loves looking at wedding pictures as he’s very social. Martha on the other hand can’t understand why on earth I’d want to photograph anything other than her!