|CONGRATULATIONS! I can't wait to hear all about her. I can tell you from experience there is nothing to going from 2-3 cats. You might have to change the litter box a little more often, but that is all. We have 4 cats and 4 litterboxes, you can walk in my house and unless you see a cat sitting in front of you, you would never know cats lived with us. The dogs are a little harder to hide. There is usally a few dog toys scattered about and 2 large clowns right in the middle of them with wagging bottoms. Ashlan had a friend over today and Ashlan commented on Jack's wiggling butt and her friend covered her ears and said she said a bad word, she didn't say the A word she said the other one. LOL Ashlan is sitting there puzzled trying to figure out what a bad word that starts with A is. Luckily, she couldn't come up with anything.
I don't know how close you live to a shelter, but it also helps to just go up there and help socialize the cats they have there and walk the dogs. I don't know if all shelters do this or not, but we have a no-kill shelter a couple of miles away that welcomes the visits. They don't mind if the kids come with me. It is nice to go up there, but hard not to run out of there telling all of the animals to come live with me. LOL
I can't wait to hear about her...what is HER name?
The adoption fee is 175
Oh.my. I volunteer at the local Animal Shelter here, and I can't believe how much one has to pay to adopt an animal, esp. one that you can definitely find (stray) if you drive through a few neighborhoods.
They must be very low on funds to keep their shelter up. That's so sad, esp. since they do so much for the community. Wish more people would donate money to them. I hate seeing so many irresponsible owners.
That's so nice of you to adopt a kitty. Post a pic.
|have fun with your new baby. Rescue kitties are great.
I don't know how close you live to a shelter, but it also helps to just go up there and help socialize the cats they have there and walk the dogs
Beware about going to the shelter to walk the dogs This is how I started out. Be prepared they might try to talk you into fostering LOL
Dont go to a shelter were you are friends with the volunteers. The next thing you know you show up to pick up a new foster (a cute little cocker) and and they hand you a 5wk old puppy that needs a home instead. You should see a huge black lab play with this little puppy (supervied of course!!) It was a blast. I cried when we got him into a rescue in Vegas
On the other hand if you need motivation to get out more like i do this is a great idea .
|Good for you Marley! I can't wait to see pics!|
|http://www.petfinder.com/pet.cgi?action ... mpl=&stat=
This is the link to my baby girl! We named her Polly and are getting her on Saturday!
She is gorgeous! Look at all that hair, she is gorgeous. I love those eyes as well. I have a friend that shows in the household pet division and hers looks a lot like Polly. I bet you are so excited! Mopsey has yet another playmate. LOL Have you broke the news to family yet that you are adding yet another furry vermin to your home? I stopped telling my parents in advance that we were thinking of another cat/dog. We figured if we were going to get a lecture on it we would just wait until they saw it.....now that wasn't usually when we would get the cat, just when the cat would happen in to the room that the family member was in. The cat could be 6 months old and they would say "Oh my gosh you got another cat" and I could be like "duh, we have had it since it was a kitten, you remember so and so don't you?" My parents are only 50, so they are quite certain that senility hasn't entered yet. LOL
Congrats Marley and Family on another beautiful baby. I want more details on Saturday.
Stormi and co.
|Thanks Stormi! This shelter is very expensive! They want another $20 for bording the girl! I told them that as soon as she arrives, i will go and get her, so that i don't have to pay the boarding fee! Anyway, I am excited! She is sooo cute! And tiny! LOL I sure home the monsters won't eat her! LOL How do you intruduce a new little kitten to the family? The boys are fixed, but i don't think she is yet. Will there be more competition with Mopsey and another unaltered female? Even though she is a kitten?|
|Competition? I doubt it.
...but there's always the chance the other female may never like your new arrival. TOLERATE is a different thing.
We have 3 cats here, occassionally 4. you can do anything to the male cat and he's okay with it. one of the females only likes the mail and ignores the rest of them. if anyone gets close to her, she hisses and attacks, but the other animals respect this and just don't do it. they live in harmony this way. it's been a year, and now this same female PRETENDS to hate the other cats, but when they're not looking, she's smelling their butt and going to them more.
The best way is to not force anything the first 2 days. If there's hate (hissing, growling), the new cats are just scared. Being a kitten, I am SURE she will break the ice fast. My LITTLE kitten kept crawling under the bed with the VERY MEAN "I'll kill you if you get near" cat. I kept thinking I must have a stupid cat on my hands!!!
I was wrong. This was the FASTEST way they become "tolerent" of one another. The two days I DID NOT allow this. You have to allow the new scent to become one they recognize.
Being that your kitten will smell like "the vet" AND "the pound" ....it's a good idea to give the booger a bath to wipe that scent away. Trust me. Cats HATE that smell.
Then be sure your cats know it's NOT okay to kill the new cat (scream no, etc). Doing this and always being there when they're together will mean they'll still attack the new kitten BUT not have their claws out full-force. With time, they'll get tired of the new curious kitten ALWAYS trying to play and finally just get along.
I SWORE it would never happen with our kitties, but it did when I finally realized my new cat wouldn't keep going to the old ones IF they were "hurting" her.
|Oh my, what a cutie!!!! Congrats Marley! Mops will have a chance to show off her mommying skills!|
|Thanks all for advice! Josh, i hope those instincts will kick in instead of "Ohh, can i eat her?" ones! LOL We shall see! I will keep you posted!|
I am anxious to know how Polly is doing home.
I thought I had posted, but it must not have went through.
I have always kept a new kitten separated from the others for about 48 hours and let them smell each other through the door and paw and each other. They get familiar with each other that way.
When I did introduce, I would rub tuna juice on all the cats and kittens and they would start grooming each other and we have never had a problem with intoductions. O'Malley doesn't seem to like any of the other pets, and he likes adults a lot more than kids. Toulouse, Marie,and Berlioz all love each other and help Marie with the kittens. It is really cute.
I am sure you are busy, but having fun! Please update us when you can, I am so excited for you!
Stormi and co.
|I wouldn't worry too much about introducing a kitten into a new family... My BEST experiences with introducing new animal family members is with kittens. They have a tendency to love everyone they meet, and even the most put off animal can only hold off against unconditional affetcion for so long...
Both when I got Bell, and When my sister got her kitten Crash, it was only a matter of a few weeks before everyone was playing with the new kitten, and putting up with whatever the kitten could throw at them.
My best experience has been keeping the kitten in a room by itself, where only the people can socialize with the newbie. Then slwoly introudicing baby to the rest of the folks, with brief "excursions". I sat right down on the carpetr with the two cats, ready to scoop baby out of harms way if Iris decided it was "kill baby time". But she never did! Bell proceeded slowly into the hall, Iris watched her, and would back off when Bell approached with a few warning hisses. She NEVER hurt the baby, and seemed to respect the fact that "Mom says shes here to stay". Although I did get my fair share of dirty looks. When Bell got over whelemd, she just retreated to her sanctuary (behind the toilet) and all was ok!
Well, pardon my story length
Good luck with baby and all! She's is totally cute. Let us know how it goes!
|Any news on Polly yet, Marley?
I hope her weight was up so that you could bring her home this weekend. I hope she is doing well safe and sound in your home.
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