Attention, those of you in the Austin-San Antonio area:
Anyone in the Austin-San Antonio area need a kitten? My friend can’t keep her because of an allergic family member. She needs to find a home for Gracie by Wednesday and can transport the kitty as far as San Marcos. Let me know, and I can put you in touch.
FREE Gray kitten up for grabs!!!! She is VERY sweet (no biting or scratching since I have had her!!!) and can be an inside or outside cat. Let me know if you are interested.
Please note: she’s been adopted and her new mom blogs at Two Torties, a Tabby and a Tuxedo!
A couple of people have asked about this: Fred’s got his own blog, which he posts in occasionally, here. There wasn’t a link in the sidebar before, but there is now under the “Fred’s Book” heading.
Also, my friend Nance and I have a recipe site over at Dinosaurs Can’t Eat Pizza. Warning: there are lots of profanities involved when I’m cooking, so if that sort of thing offends you, give it a pass.
Katie had a question that I’m hoping y’all can weigh in on:
A dear friend of mine lost one of his kitties to cancer suddenly a couple of months ago, and he’s asked me for some advice about adopting a new cat. With all of your fostering and permanent resident experience, you’re truly an expert at cat socialization, so I’d love to ask you for your opinion, please.
He has one cat remaining, a 15-year-old female. He’s noticed that she’s more snuggly and demanding of attention since her brother passed away, and he’s not sure whether that’s because 1) she’s lonely and misses his company during the day, or 2) she’s enjoying finally getting the undivided love and attention of her human. My thought is that, having lived all her life with a friend, she might be lonely, but interpreting cat emotions is hard!
If he decides to adopt another cat, he’d like to get a middle-aged kitty, since they are often overlooked at animal rescue organizations. Do you have any advice about whether it’s a good idea to introduce another cat into his house? Would a younger or older cat be a better companion for her?
Do you think a male or female cat would be more likely to get along with a “senior” female cat?
As I told Katie, I would ordinarily say that adding younger cats to a household tends to be an easier transition, but I love that her friend wants to adopt a middle-aged kitty, and that could certainly work out as long as he takes the introduction slowly. I suggested that her friend call around to area shelters and talk to them, tell them the situation, and see if they have any older cats they’d recommend.
Y’all feel free to chime in here with more concrete advice on what Katie’s friend should look for when considering a new addition to his kitty population, would you?
(And Katie, please let us know how it goes!)
The combination of Cicero with the Taters is going well. Friday and Saturday, we’d let him out for a bit, then put him back in his cage. Yesterday, we let him stay out for several hours, and everything was fine. The older Taters seem to regard him as a pesky younger brother, and will play with him. Sometimes he gets annoying, and when they’re annoyed by him, they just climb to the top of the cat tree or up on the bed to get away from him, and when he gets sleepy he puts himself back to bed in his cage.
Oh, right. Y’all, meet the new guys.
Mom cat and FIVE kittens, about 6 weeks old. Three little black kittens, two orange tabbies (didn’t I say that this is shaping up to be an orange tabby Summer?), ALL BOYS. More about them and introductions, tomorrow.