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Old 05-05-2008, 02:13 PM   #1
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New cats and some questions (pic added to post 15)
Over the weekend I went out looking for a new cat or cats. Yeah! I've been cat-less since February.

Anyway a co-workers son's cat had kittens and we looked at those. All of them are black and we are getting a girl. She will come home in 2 weeks. My former cats were de clawed but I would like to avoid that this time. I am going to try these http://www.softpaws.com/ Has anyone used them before??? According to the website they should fit as early as 4 months. One of our local pet stores sells them but not the kitten size.

I intend to keep this cat indoors and it has to learn to live with and not attack a 20 y/o parrot. My old cats did well with the bird and if a kitten grows up with a bird in its home it should be fine.

Meanwhile I saw an ad in the paper that someone wanted to find new homes for their adult cats. Both de-clawed, one in door only, both fixed. So I went to have a look. The qualifications sounded pretty good again because of our bird.The indoor/out door one I never saw, reportedly the two cats were not buddy-buddy so the owner did not mind separating them. They were parting with the cats because they have a Jack Russel terrier, not brand new but annoying and the cats counldn't walk across the room with the dog around. (I know there are dog lovers here, but I am not one of them. I cannot for the life of me figure out why the dog didn't get confined more or put out or have a kennel built or taken on more walks to give the cats some space. Nor can I figure out why they would favor the dog over the cats) The indoor only male was very timid of me and was also hiding from the dog. The female that goes out was out when I was there so never met her. If she goes out it seemed at least she gets away from the dog. The male is 4 years old and I decided to bring him home. I felt sorry for him having to put up with the dog. The owner seemed both concerned about her cat and anxious to part with him. So now I have Simon as they called him. He is very beautiful white and gray but very, very scared. He hid under our bed the first afternoon and night and did not leave the room yesterday, Sunday. I was very worried last night because he did not eat drink or pee for over 24 hours. But last night we put him in the bathroom, a smaller closed in space, and he finally used the litter box last night. I'm still not sure about the eating or drinking. He let me brush him yesterday and I got rid of some mats he had in his fir. He has long hair. I've read various articles on line about people adopting strays or other timid cats and it sounds as if the hiding can go on for a week or more. I can handle it if he rarely comes out but I really want him to eat and drink! The former owner reports that he is a real snuggly lap kitty which I liked the sound of, but evidently he will have to get used to his new home and us before I will see any of that. I had no idea he would have such a hard time adapting. I've had cats all my life and I have had cats that were scared, but usually their curiosity has helped them over come the fear. I cannot help but wonder if besides the dog this cat had some other traumas. He is very clean and healthy looking other than the matted hair and it wasn't a lot. No fleas, clean ears. Good teeth and bright eyes. He is a bit over weight but maybe an indoor cat cannot exercise much if it spends its time hiding from a dog. Has anyone else here dealt with a timid cat like this? What seemed to help?

I have already promised to take the new kitten, and my daughter is very excited about it. I hope the cat comes out of his shell a bit before the kitten arrives because I'm sure that will be a set back.

The odd thing is that today I realized that even if Simon needs special care, and I have to have a litter box in my bathroom, and he won't snuggle with me, I am so happy to have a cat in my house again!! I'm sure he will come around and be a nice quiet kitty soon.
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