Bracken was supposed to be my cat. She was the one I picked out. She was supposed to be the girl cat to replace my much-loved burmese girl cat, Jenna. It wasn’t to be. Bracken has always been very much my husband’s cat and as time has gone on, she’s become H’s cat too. She also has a bit of thing for visiting males: the plumber, the estate agent, the builder, the structural engineer, the list goes on. She tends to jump onto her victim’s shoulders and drapes herself elegantly around their shoulders as if she is pretending to be a fox fur neck warmer or something.
Bracken’s full name is Dorevalley Bracken (she’s a lilac burmese) and we chose her name (the second half of it at least – the first half comes from the breeder). It does seem to suit her, but she is often known as Brax for short. Both our cats have soft fur, but Bracken’s is silky smooth. She has the characteristic burmese facial markings and is a stunningly beautiful cat. There are times though, when you think she knows that. She’s very light and slim, but eats like a horse. She will happily eat all sorts of human food including crisps and poppadoms, whilst our other cat doesn’t tend to bother if it isn’t catfood.
Even as a mature lady of 12 she is still very agile and athletic. We have sometimes watched her doing triple salchows around the garden (no skates needed for this one) and just stood looking on in awe. Now she’s a bit older she doesn’t hunt as much, but in the past she’s bought back still live pigeons (almost as big as herself), frogs and numerous mice. If there are ever little presents bought in, she brought them. A former neighbour was spotted one morning, out in her dressing gown, mesmerised at the sight of a little grey cat chasing a little grey squirrel around her front garden.
Unlike her ‘brother’ Amber who likes to sleep like a human, Bracken prefers the bury yourself at the bottom of the bed approach to sleeping. She often tunnels down and settles behind our knees to keep toasty warm.
Before we had H our cats didn’t really know what to do with children. Now Bracken has recognised that children are able to give a pussy cat a lot of fuss and they don’t get bored as quickly with it as adults. Several children of friends are in love with Bracken because of her acceptance of any amount of carrying, stroking, etc. that and her ever so soft fur help make her a firm favourite.