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Glimpsed through the bars

Our new puss.

It’s a sad story, as it turns out. Recently widowed, her sons talked her into getting a kitten for company. Now she’s developed a terrible allergy to him. Her doctor has given her inhalers and strong drugs and everything. She’s not well generally, so in the end she had to give up.

The cat is clearly very sad. The woman is, too. He’s six months old and they were obviously attached to each other. He’s hiding in his pet carrier and won’t be consoled. She was just on the phone seeing how he was getting on. She’d been crying.

He’s an absolute stunner. All ginger with no white on him, beautifully proportioned and healthy. He will make a fine cat.

But I’ve never taken an animal out of a loving home before. Turns out, it’s a real downer.


Comment from Drew458
Time: February 12, 2020, 9:05 pm

If he’s such a stunner, why the B&W pic? Yeah I know, B&W is your blog pic theme. But still.

Canned salmon may be a first step. Cats can re-bond. If you have other cats in the house he might makes friends with them. Be patient. But keep him indoors for a few months so he doesn’t run away.

Comment from weasel again
Time: February 12, 2020, 9:28 pm

When I get better pictures, I’ll show him in color, I promise. That’s a phone snap from the car.

We’ve actually got him in a large cage. It’s what we were advised to do with the previous cat. It seemed cruel at the time, but in the end it worked beautifully.

But previous cat was a feral from out of the wild. This cat is used to a warm radiator, a full belly and an old lady who was home all day to fuss over him.

Our house is rather cold, smells of 400 years of people and he’s in a cage. The poor little monkey must be miserable tonight.

Comment from weasel again
Time: February 12, 2020, 9:31 pm

The point of the cage is so the two cats get used to each other safely.

When other cat spotted the new one, he puffed up to three times his usual size and stalked round and round the cage for a while. There was a bit of hissing and growling.

Now other cat is being a jerk. Reaching through the bars and stealing new cat’s toys. Reaching through the bars and knocking his food all over the floor. Reaching through the bars and poking him.

Eventually, they’ll get used to each other, then bored, then I can let new cat out to explore.

I won’t let him outside until I have to. I suppose he will insist eventually, but he’s never been out.

Comment from The Neon Madman
Time: February 12, 2020, 11:57 pm

A name, Ms Weasel. He needs a name – or are you going to carry over his existing one?

Comment from Armybrat
Time: February 13, 2020, 1:42 am

Send her frequent pics. Let her know how loved he is.

Comment from DurnedYankee
Time: February 13, 2020, 1:58 am

Damn Weasy, that’s just sad.
How awful.

Cheer up, you’re doing them both a really good turn.
Cat couldn’t probably want a better home than you two will provide.

Comment from catnip
Time: February 13, 2020, 5:10 am

It will all work out well, just as it did last time. Before long, when the older cat puts his paw through the cage bars to stir things up, the young one may interpret it as a form of play and welcome the intrusion. The only snag I can foresee is getting him accustomed to spending much time outdoors.

Props to you for finding and adopting this handsome little guy!

Comment from Cj
Time: February 13, 2020, 11:13 am

We also took in a cat from a loving home, a pretty calico that belonged to a 9-year-old girl. Her dad had developed an allergy. So we shared many pictures so she could see that her cat was in a safe, loving home. The calico is an inside cat, not because she wants to be, but because I can’t face having anything happen to her out in the wilds. It isn’t just my family attached to the cat. We did build her a catio.

Comment from Pupster
Time: February 13, 2020, 12:35 pm

Good luck new cat. Try to be entertaining enough for blog post fodder, but don’t court disaster.

Comment from Zoomyn
Time: February 13, 2020, 2:26 pm

I was a glowering ‘NOT Tommy’ to our adoptee, a chain of girlfriends led to the mother of Tommy’s boys cat spending a Minnesota Winter in an unheated garage, I got rescued on Valentines’ Day by g’nee cat and if I’m not singing to her within a few minutes of getting up in the morning its like she hasn’t had her morning coffee for the rest of the day…

Cats are so into the ‘here and now’ their life is a Golden-Age Movie Musical… Pantomime is fine but let your noise shine, g’won and make your routines have a sound track – anyone can hide under shrubberies and grumble, take them along on your walk on the wild side!

Guys and Dolls, Singin’ in the Rain, Brigadoon… Think Kelly & Astaire, Hayworth, Reynolds, Garland – the cat(s) have harmonies and response built in — sing and make your thang familiar to the new cat?

Oh yeah – I’d love to tag along and see the tour the Chicken Jurassic Park a few times w/ harnessed cat hugged tight a few times just to see the reactions : )

Comment from BJM
Time: February 13, 2020, 6:13 pm

Stoaty, When we bring a new puppy/dog or kitten/cat into the mix, we have a medium sized kennel in the bedroom, not a wire crate, so kitty/puppy feels cocooned,safer and warmer and the large wire crate in the living room. I cuddle the kitty/puppy a bit then place him/her into the night time crate next to the bed. Put a couple of old T-shirts (yours and Badger’s) in the night crate as a sleeping nest. It makes bonding with your scent easier and quicker…the animal bonding takes whatever time it takes. We’ve never had a problem with cats bonding, some become close as siblings, other’s frienemies.

Our English Springers are having a pack hierarchy struggle at the moment. Dog #3 is challenging dog #2 for Beta dog. It ain’t gonna happen. They latch on to each other’s ears and make a gosh awful noise like they are killing each other, but it’s all Kabuki, no blood is drawn so we have to let them work it out. Someone will end up on his back crying uncle.

Comment from Bob Mulroy
Time: February 13, 2020, 10:28 pm

I’m happy for you both.

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