Tira is one of our adorable Medieval Cats. We adopted her in the fall of 2010 along with Bubu, her brother, from a vet’s office in Bucharest. You can find more details about that event here. The point is, her whole upbringing, from a little tiny newborn kitten up to 4-5 months of age, when we adopted her, was fairly traumatic. Can you imagine living in a metal crate, under fluorescent lights, with scores of people parading by, almost all of them strangers, and being passed over for adoption after being picked up, handled and put back down?
When we got her home, all she would do, all day long, was to hide in corners and crevices, like you see her in these photographs, with a scared look on her face.
It took time for her to blossom into the trusting beauty she is today. Just a couple of weeks later, we were able to take her outside, where a new world opened up to her. These are a few photos taken in our yard at that time.
While she was able to relax a bit more by this time, you can still see some fear in her eyes. She’s just not sure of herself.
What’s more, she was easily spooked by any sudden sounds. She hadn’t come into her own yet.
Even as she ventured into the garden, her stance was clearly cautious and timid. She had a bit of growing up to do.
Thankfully, just a few months later, she had opened up to us completely. Here she’s sleeping in one of the rooms together with Bubu (her brother) and Sasha, on her back nonetheless, which means her abdomen is exposed to us — a sign of trust and safety. Also note the look of full contentment on her face, a look which you’ll see in more of her recent photographs.
And here’s Tira as we know her these days: a happy, loving, peaceful and very adorable kitty. She’s maintained her diminutive size, which makes her even more lovable. She’s still as small as the day we got her, while Bubu, her brother, has grown into a huge tabby with very sharp claws.