Some help and advice on adoption please
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Would appreciate some pre-cat adoption advice please.
My feline companion until January this year was the gorgeously fluffy Sabre who sadly succumbed to renal failure at the age of 20, she came to me as a 12 week-old kitten. I've taken some time to mourn and now I'm ready to adopt, and have arrange a home visit with my local shelter - Celia Hammond for any London based readers - and I will ask them the same questions, but would love to hear what you all think, as it all helps to boost my confidence.
I'm open to having more than one cat, but having been so used to a single cat household, she really didn't like other cats and would hang half-in and half-out of the catflap and swear at next door's lovely little cat.
Also, bearing in mind, if all goes to plan - they'll recommend the cat(s) I'll meet - I'll be adopting adult cat(s) any advice on acclimatisation, would Feliway help, how long should I keep them in before I let them out - on the basis that they'll be neutered, chipped and their jabs will be up-to-date and will be cats used to a garden - and any other thoughts.
I promise to post photos of the adoptee(s) when they arrive, but any thoughts/experiences on the whole adoption thing would be appreciated.
If you do adopt separately, put the newcomer in a separate room that you can close off, with food and litter, and allow the cats to get acquainted through the door until you feel comfortable having them together. When they first get together, supervise them! And make sure they each get plenty of attention. Don't spend so much time with the newbie that the first cat feels ignored.
No advice on letting them out, as my cats are indoor cats.
You'll come home with the cat(s) that adopt you! All mine have let me know when I went to the shelter that they were the ones choosing me, despite what I might have thought.
I've always gone for kittens adopted at more-or-less the same time, so no problems with getting them used to each other. However, our shelter keeps adult cats in multi-cat rooms (unless they're too stressed by that, which some are) and under those circumstances I'd adopt two cats from the same room, since they're already used to each other, if not bonded, or two adult cats who have been in multi-cat rooms. Would introduce them at the shelter (they also have "get to know you" rooms).
All the best in finding your new friend(s), and I look forward to pictures!
I use the Feliway diffuser. It works very subtly. I never notice when it's working, but when the boys start fighting and I check the diffuser - it's always out. I should just change it on a regular basis, but I never remember.
One or two is up to you. Do you want him/her to bond with you or are you fine getting a pair bonded to each other? If you can save 2 lives instead of one, great.
Mine are indoor only, so I can't help you there.
Best of luck!
In the meantime I thought you might like a photo of herself at the peak of her catliness, aged 10, as a thank you for all the help.
as Simon and Angie, now Marlowe and Lyly, about a third of the way down the page.
I've also taken on a long term foster with thyroid issues, Jackie Chan, he's close to the bottom of the page and his eye is in much better shape now - he's about 12 and is currently snoozing on the chair next to me. Will post photos of all three once they get settled. Thank you for all the help and advice.
Congratulations! And good for you for fostering JC.
You don't have to answer that.
Yeh sure riverwillow... :-) "Jackie Chan has already taken up residence on the bed!"
Talk to me in 5 years time!
I do have some difficult news, we had to have to work done on the house and somehow Marlowe decided that the accommodation was unsuitable and managed to escape, we still haven't worked out how and why, of the three cats he was the least curious and adventurous, but then cats do have bad impulse control so he may have just seen a gap and decided to go for it. We've leafleted the neighbours and asked them to check their gardens and sheds, but he hasn't been found yet. As he got out on the garden side - we live in the middle of a terrace - is microchipped and the weather has been mild I'm still hopeful that he will turn up soon - I really shouldn't have named him after a dramatist who was clearly trouble with a capital T even by early modern standards.
His sister, Lyly, doesn't seem to be missing him at all and is doing so well that I'm suspicious that she may have had a hand in his disappearance. Here's a recent pic:
and is making a bid for top cat status, but Jackie Chan has other ideas. He's now really settled in and is putting on weight, the CHAT vets wanted to operate and take out the enlarged thyroid last week, but I've asked them to wait for a few weeks. Another recent pic
Apart from the sadness about Marlowe - I can't stop kicking myself about it - I'm really glad that we did this as these are great cats.
Watch the other cats - if he's around, they'll rat him out eventually.
30: I'm sorry about Belle, she sounds like an absolutely wonderful cat.
They gave him fluids in his scruff, a vitamin B12 shot, an antibiotic and tried to take a stool sample (not entirely successful). He is more lively than when I wrote 33 two days ago, but has lost weight and since he was only 3 pounds to begin with that's not good. He seems like he will come through this fine but I don't imagine he was very happy about the morning's events.
As you asked, we haven't found Marlowe, although there is a black and white fluffy cat that seems to be hanging around, but I've not been able to see his face close up to see if he's got Marlowe's markings, he does seem to be the right shape and size, and, if it is him, is doing well. So, for the moment, I'm still keeping his insurance going just in case. I'll let you know if there's any news.
In the meantime Jackie Chan and Lyly have both settled in nicely. They don't snuggle, but they play and fight and Jackie Chan, being an ex-stray and an old hand, seems to take care of Lyly when they're out in the gardens. They spend a lot of time snoozing on my bed, but are getting to go outside - although the cat flap training is not going well, as I write its duck taped open as each time we try and lower it they refuse to use it, very loudly! Will upload some new photos when I'm not supposed to be working.
Apollo is more sprightly today. I am hoping he will soon be back to his normal spastic kitten self.