Hattie: The kitten no one wanted

By Danielle – Ark on the Edge

This is the tale of Hattie a gorgeous little black and white female kitten who was looking for a home at Ark on the Edge animal rescue.

One warm summer day, a special arrival came to the Ark; Hattie was born here at the centre to her mum Lucky along with her brother and 2 sisters. Mum Lucky hadn’t been given the best start in life and now found herself a mum at only 9 months old – but she did a fantastic job. Sadly one kitten died at only a few days old – but the others went from strength to strength.

Hattie kitten

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So Hattie grew and grew and we soon began to see she was a bit of troublemaker – she loved to cause chaos and jeer on her brother and sister “the twins” she had such a personality – she was so brave and loved to get up to mischief and even when you told her off – she would look you right in the eye and go back to whatever she was doing – completely ignoring you LOL!

“The Twins” found a beautiful home with a few other kitties in the house and were spoilt rotten; but Hattie, well she was being overlooked, younger tabbies and torties were being snapped up but people were walking past Hattie – even though she would come rushing out to see who was there.

Kittens leave Ark on the Edge at 9 weeks old after their vaccination and microchipping, and it is very rare that they stay much longer after that as many are reserved before leaving – not Hattie.

And then, one magical day I got an inbox from a lady looking to adopt a kitten to her growing brood. This was a lady called Polly; and I mentioned about Hattie (just by concidence Hattie was the spitting image of a cat Polly already owned called Lucy). Polly replied saying she looked lovely and would be up within the week with her partner to have a look.

GUESS WHAT!!! Polly picked Hattie the unwanted kitten; we explained that she was a bit of troublemaker and loved getting into mischief and Polly said she would fit in fine with the others then.

Hattie kitten

Polly kept up us well up-to-date with Hattie who soon became known as “The breakfast thief” as she loved the morning cereal. And also chicken kebabs became one of Hattie’s favourite in such a way that Polly has to share half’s with Hattie. She quickly became a mummy’s girl and is never far away from Polly and loves to sleep around Polly’s neck.

Hattie kitten

She also took a fascination with the Christmas tree – breaking 2 baubles within ten minutes of the tree going up lol. But that is Hattie, she loves getting into mischief, and you can never stay mad at her face.

And probably the best of all; Hattie fit in with the other cats; especially Lucy and they became firm friends; to such way that when Lucy goes out and about for a wander; Hattie sits at the window waiting for her friend to come home. Her latest trick though; is sitting in front of the washing machine watching the clothes spin. Hahaha she always was a funny little soul.

Hattie kitten

Hattie always was a favourite amongst volunteers who loved her crazy personality and we were so happy that Hattie found the perfect home with the perfect family.

So from Hattie – her family and everyone at Ark on the edge – we wish you all a very merry Christmas – filled with much love….

hattie and caretaker



22 thoughts on “Hattie: The kitten no one wanted”

  1. Polly deserves praise. I don’t know why Hattie was left behind. Perhaps black and white is not a popular coat colour. That is the way people select or at least it is a factor. Hattie is a sweet looking cat.

    Thanks for the article Danielle. Happy Christmas.

      • We find black and white and black cats do indeed take longer to rehome no matter how friendly there r whereas grey cats tend to go extremely quickly even if they are quite grumpy xx

  2. Such a beautiful kitten and a beautiful story – she deserves the lovely home she’s now got. May she be causing chaos for many years to come!

  3. what a heartwarming story. My kitten Elvis came from Ark on the Edge, and I know what a wonderful caring bunch of people they are up there. I am overjoyed that Hattie now has her forever home. xxx

    • Elvis was only at the centre a couple of days.
      Annie came up with a donation and fell in love with him and reserved him there and then
      He’d only been with us a couple of hours
      Shortest stayer ever lol

  4. What a lovely story Danielle and such a happy ending for Hattie. I love all your photos, you can tell by that little face what a character she is lol
    It must be hard to let kittens go as I’m sure you love them all, so it’s nice when the adopters keep in touch.
    We brought our Jozef home as a tiny kitten 12 years ago and still keep in touch with his mother’s human family at Christmas, sadly Walter’s human family were horrible and moved away, we just hope they had no more kittens after that to neglect!
    Happy Christmas to all animals and people at the Ark xx

    • Thanks Ruth – exceptionally hard with kittens ans cats that pull on the heart strings.
      Polly keeps us well up to date so we always know what trouble Hattie is getting herself into xxx

    • What a great story – what a pretty cat Hattie is and how similar she looks to her friend Lucy. It’s so nice to read stories like this. Hattie sounds like a great cat/kitten – I would have adopted her in a second since she seems so energetic and naughty and playful which I love. Kittens are so much fun aren’t they.

      Thanks for sharing such a nice story and all the lovely photos – these stories really make my day 🙂

      • Hattie was such a little character upto so much mischief – u miss the ones like that
        Well u miss em all but Hattie was one of those u don’t get along very often
        Her family is so loving n I know she’s well looked after but I do miss seeing her causing trouble every day lol xx


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