I went to read the Maxi and Newt story, and cracked up when you wanted to get them fixed even though they belonged to someone, and Fred said “You can’t do that. She’s their cat, you can’t save the entire world of cats!” Like that isn’t what you’ve been doing in the years since.
I’ll also point out that Fred has changed his tune a LOT in the 9 years since that post – he’s like “Fix ’em alllllllll!” At this point, if a feline steps foot onto our property and eats at our feeding station, there’s a spay or neuter in his or her future!
I think that Adele will need to take her “baby” with her when she gets adopted.
Adele will definitely get to take her “baby” with her, I’ll make sure of it!
From Michelle: I have a question for you and your readers. So I am hoping to move out on my own within the next few months, and I have my own cat to take with me. I adopted him at a year old, and ever since he’s never been without another cat around (He’s about 2 1/2 now I believe. They didn’t have a birthdate for him). Granted, the other cats he’s been around have never been anything like friendly towards him, but still. My question is, should I try to find him a friend when we get our own place? He’s an indoor/outdoor kitty, but I’m thinking of making him permanently indoor when I get my own place. I’m just too afraid of losing him! He’s a pretty active kitty and is one HUGE love bug, when he feels like getting the love. I just worry about him being cooped up in a little apartment all day with nothing to entertain him.
GD said: A second kitty is a lovely idea. Just be sure you properly introduce them. Also, it may be easier if you get the new kitty at the same time you move. Your kitty will not have staked out territory and you can slowly introduce them. If you don’t know how do that let us know…we will walk you through it!
And Michelle said: I actually don’t have a very good idea how to introduce them. With the cat he lives with now, he is a mainly outdoor cat (he’s inside maybe an hour out of the day, unless it’s really cold out) so we just let them sniff each other through the screen when they dared to venture close to one another. With the previous cat he lived with, she was in the room I was going to designate as his when we got home, and I didn’t realize it until I heard the hissing five minutes after letting him free. So… so much for slowly introducing them there.
I’m sure that others will be happy to chime in here (y’all, please do!), but I’m going to just direct you to this page – it’s got everything I would have suggested. (Although I often just toss kittens in together in a move we refer to as “Meet yer new partner!”, I wouldn’t do that with adults or with one adult and one kitten.)
Dear Robyn, I report that the Christmas card from you has just reached me in Szczecin, Poland – it’s absolutely beautiful! Do you keep records on to how many (and which) countries you send Xmas cards?
I am always SO pleased when the cards make it to their destination, because of course I worry that they’ll get lost.
Some years I do keep track, and some years I don’t – I’m planning to keep track this year, and will share the statistics on (I’m hoping) Christmas day!
Have you gotten any updates on Skinny Pete, Badger and Combo?
They were spayed and neutered last week, and now are just awaiting room at Petsmart. I’m hoping to sneak down to Petsmart once they’re there and get some snuggles.
Have you seen this, yet?
What a great idea for those with indoor-only kitties. (Like mine.)
Yes, I did see that – thanks for reminding me, I meant to post it. What a great idea!
So, SOMEone has had the run of the house during the day for the past few days. That girl just does NOT like being alone, and I couldn’t convince Dennis to keep her company, so we opened the screen door at the bottom of the stairs.
It’s going pretty well, actually…
For the first few days, I was waiting until after snack time to let Adele into the downstairs. But yesterday morning she started howling to be let out of her room at 4:15 IN THE EARLY EARLY MORNING, so I told Fred to let her out. When I got up a couple of hours later, Adele noted that the permanent residents were gathered in the kitchen and acting very excited, so she was all “What goin’ on here?!” and joined the crowd. I gave her her own plate of snack, and she declared it good.
If I’m walking around the house doing chores and the like, she will follow me around and complain at me. I finally figured out that what she wants me to do is settle down and stop moving around so that she can in turn settle down in the nearest cat bed (occasionally my lap, but usually the cat bed on my desk) and go to sleep. I guess if I’m up moving around, she feels like she has to perform her job as house snooperviser!
Pink is a 6 month-old girl kitten who was rescued by Selena, who y’all know as Mom to Flynn (formerly Kohle) and Hook (formerly Puff). Pink was running around the parking lot of a church dodging cars. She was likely a dropoff because there are no nearby houses she could belong to – but she’s a very sweet and friendly girl, so she’s clearly been around people. Lucky for her, she was spotted and rescued by Selena.
(She’s named after the singer Pink, because when I tried to think of current powerhouse female singers, she’s the one I immediately thought of.)
She looks a little rough in these pictures because she’d just been spayed, but trust me: she is SO PURTY. I expect at some point that she and Adele will be friends, but Adele got a little too inquisitive, and Pink took offense.
All Pink wanted to do was sleep, so we left her to it.
2014: The ear of (slight) annoyance.
2013: More attitude from the Carm.
2012: They sniffed around wildly for a while, and then decided it was okay, this strange room where (they seemed to think) they’d never been before.
2011: Gracie is a good watchdog.
2010: No entry.
2009: Look at him, looking so innocent when he was JUST biting that tail right in front of him and making his sister cry!
2008: No entry.
2006: Noelle with troll hair.
2005: No entry.