The little engineer got a cat for his birthday. That was about 6 weeks ago, and after stressing inside for 3 days, she scarpered and was not seen for 2 weeks, other than a flash of tail leaving the food bowl.
After a couple of more weeks she could be seen at the neighbours place but was given to disappearing as soon as we got near her.
Last week she deemed it suitable to come and look for food whilst we were in the house, but was still not fussed about being touched other than a quick pat.
Finally this week she allowed me to pick her up and the children to pet her. And tonight, wonder of wonders, she is inside for the first time.
It's a lesson in patience and trust. A confused cat, being rehomed from city to country, took a long time to be able to trust her new environment and people. A little boy who fell in love with her the first time he saw her, and has waited patiently every day for 6 weeks for her to come to him.
Now, she's asleep on his bunk bed. The little engineer is beside himself with joy - finally his much wanted pet is actually his pet.