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The Cat Chronicles: Intrigue, Unrequited Love and Lavender

The Cat Chronicles

Salaam, beloved readers! Gather around as I weave a tale of feline capers, Persian-style, featuring the one and only Mr Bengal – the James Bond of the cat world. So, we moved into our new home, thinking we were the rulers of this kingdom. Little did we know, the real monarch had fur and whiskers.

Enter Mr Bengal, a feline explorer with a coat so vibrant, it could rival the hues of a Tehran marketplace during the Grand Bazaar. As we unpacked, rearranged, and tried to establish some semblance of order, Bengal made his debut.

Just as I was attempting to gracefully pour Cyrus’s milk, the bottle crashed to on the floor. The culprit? Bengal, perched on the window ledge, eyes wide open, and a look that said, “Welcome to my kingdom, mere mortals.”

Now, I’ve had my fair share of ultimatums involving cats – a true test of love, or perhaps, a loyalty challenge. But here we were, faced with Mr Bengal, a furball of mystery who turned our tranquil home into a feline soap opera.

Mr Bengal, with his secret agent moves, appeared at windows, played peek-a-boo through blinds, and serenaded us with his Cat-power hits. It was like living in a TV drama, complete with unexpected entrances and a soundtrack provided by our feline protagonist.

In our attempts to Bengal-proof our home, we considered new strategies. Locking doors at night? Check. Planting lavender boxes on window ledges? Double-check. It was a battle of wits, and we were determined to outsmart this cat.

But then, in the middle of this, a love story unfolded. Little C, pulling himself up to the window ledge, babbling at Mr Bengal. In return, Bengal responded with miaows, head rubs against the window pane, and purrs that could melt the heart of even the sternest Persian grandma.

Our feeble attempt at defense, the lavender plants, proved useless against the power of their bromance. We surrendered, relocating the lavender to a less tumultuous corner, realising that perhaps co-habitating with a feline neighbour wasn’t such a catastrophe after all.

The moral of our Persian feline tale: love and friendship can bloom even in the chaos of a Mr Bengal invasion. We embraced the paws on railings, hands on window panes, and the melodious miaows. After all, life is too short to Bengal-proof the un-Bengal-able!


Saffron and Cyrus is a Newcastle-based family lifestyle blog, covering health, wellness, days out, travel, reviews, recipes and more from our family life.
The blog is written by new mum over 40, Aranda, with input from hubby H and son, Little C.

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