Mungo, a half long-haired Scottish fold cat, is a year-and-a-half old and lives with Judy Conmey in Ratoath, Co Meath where he earns his keep and proves to be a benevolent house companion
I wouldn’t have called myself a cat person — that is, until I met Mungo. Even then, he came into my life for purely practical reasons. I was living at home with my mother and about to move into the granny flat . Unfortunately, I already had some housemates — mice. I decided the best line of defence was offence and the search began.
Mum already had two dogs, so getting approved for a rescue was basically impossible. Instead, I found a lady online whose own cat had just had a litter. I went over one night to find two tiny black kittens. One was Mungo.
From the beginning, he seemed tame and friendly, although he did cry all the way home in the car. I was worried at the time, but I’ve since learned that he is extremely vocal.
Over time, Mungo met the rest of the family, including mum’s two dogs. There’s only one now, a black poodle, and they play together. I’d say the poodle is more afraid of Mungo.
Mungo is a great buddy. Whenever I pull into the yard after work, he is always waiting in the same spot for me. Once I stayed in my car, mindlessly scrolling on my phone, when a loud thud gave me a fright. I looked up I saw Mungo on the windscreen, meowing at me to hurry up and feed him!
My old housemates made themselves scarce as soon as Mungo arrived, so he has been worth every penny in vet’s fees and pet food. Although, on the odd occasion, he does like to bring them back for a visit!
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