It's 5 years since the Princess decided that our bus was going to be her home.
We were happy sharing the vagabond and communal cats; we didn't want a cat of our own again for so many reasons but this lady changed all of that for us.
After she'd been with us for about 5 or 6 weeks, when we knew she was here to stay, I wrote this post back in 2012 to introduce her:
She's not the mature cat we thought she was - she's barely aged or changed that much. We've still no idea where she came from, what her previous life was like or how old she might be. She's been slow to trust humans and fully fit into the family pert role - it was well over a year before she'd even stay sitting on the sofa when Tom and Aran came into the bus - but just a few weeks ago she started cuddling up on my lap and I could not have been happier.
She's very comfortable in her territory; she'll not wander outside of her patch but she'll defend it with all her might, even from dogs. Yet for such a settled, home-bound cat, she seems to tolerate us wandering.. she's got used to the idea that we always come back. The community help us by keeping an eye on her when we're not there, and keeping her well fed and watered.
And she's got quite the fan club over on Instagram.
Here's to another 5 years, Princess Fi. Thank you for gracing us with your presence and for making our lives that much brighter.