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Probably need my head examined

After Ajax died husband developed a kitten shaped hole in his life. I was not ready for another kitten-- Yodel really likes being an only cat. But husband was really very sure he wanted to take on another kitten.

Daughter tried to help. "My friend has a cat that is a real slut."  (I pointed out that all cats are sluts-- that is why we spay them.)

Anyway. Today I am the recipient of a little grey kitten, who appears to be female. One of husbands work mates had a litter. (I mean his cat did.) I brought her home on the subway from Herald Squaure. She went right under the bed and has not come out again. I can see her with a flashlight.

Yodel is appalled. Hazel just wants to kiss and sniff her. I put a litter box and some food near the bed, and shut the door. I am keeping Yodel away from her. He kept trying to claw the door open so he could go and hiss at her. He knows right where she is of course. I am trying to keep things quiet. Hope she feels more confident soon.

Once that happens I will take some pictures. She is very cute.

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thistle_chaser
Nov. 9th, 2012 07:29 pm (UTC)
Yay new kitten! The door is a good idea, you should keep it closed for a few days if possible, then after that switch where the two are for a few days (so they can get used to each other's smell without the other being around). Then you could crack open the door so they can see each other if they want, then finally let the two together for controlled visits.

Introducing a new cat to the household is a big production! :P
donnaimmaculata
Nov. 9th, 2012 08:02 pm (UTC)
Oh, the poor terrified little darling! Hiding under the bed from the scary monsters!

A trick we learned when introducing new!cat to old!cat was to put flea powder on both of them. The flea powder will neutralise their respective scents, and they will smell the same for a while, which makes them more likely to accept each other more quickly. It worked for our cats.
anteros_lmc
Nov. 9th, 2012 08:17 pm (UTC)
New kitten! You are such a soft touch, you know that don't you? :) Does she have a name yet or is she still just a little scrap of grey fluff? Toots has suggested you call her Sophia (!) I hope she settles in soon and Yodel gets over his disgruntlement.
eglantine_br
Nov. 9th, 2012 08:38 pm (UTC)
Sophia is a beautiful name. (Has she been reading POB?) You can tell Toots that I have not named her yet. She has come out from under the bed now, and is willing to play with bits of paper. She is indeed a scrap of fluff. I am not sure what her name will end up as. At least with a cat you can get to know them, and then decide.

And yes, I am the softest of touches.
anteros_lmc
Nov. 9th, 2012 09:12 pm (UTC)
Wow! Playing with bits of paper already? That's a good sign :) Is she still at that stage where her paws are too big for her? Can't wait to see pictures.

I have no idea where the name Sophie came from, other than POB obviously ;) Funnily enough toots went off to school today with two toy kittens in her bag called Callum and Emily!
eglantine_br
Nov. 9th, 2012 10:02 pm (UTC)
Yes. Her paws are comically huge. She may be long haired. She is suspiciously fuzzy, and has a flat Persian-ish nose.

Maybe she will be a mouser. Girls cats are much more dedicated to the pursuit of prey. (We have mice in my building.) Yodel will leave a gentlemanly corpse now and then, but he is just a hobbyist.
anteros_lmc
Nov. 9th, 2012 10:26 pm (UTC)
Yodel will leave a gentlemanly corpse now and then, but he is just a hobbyist.
A token effort to earn his keep perhaps?

Girls cats are much more dedicated to the pursuit of prey.
Definitely. My old cat was an indoor cat which I always thought was just as well, otherwise she would have hit the local bird population like the apocalypse. She was fast, vicious and extremely determined. She used to even stalk me!

I will look forward to hearing how Fuzzy's hunting skills develop.
ba1126
Nov. 9th, 2012 08:30 pm (UTC)
When my daughter and her husband brought home their cat (no other pets at home) she stayed under the bed for almost a week, only coming out when they were in another room!!
eglantine_br
Nov. 9th, 2012 08:39 pm (UTC)
She is warming up. She will come out for me now with a little coaxing.
amaraal
Nov. 9th, 2012 09:54 pm (UTC)
I think I love your husband :) YAY to a new kitty. Cats are such awesome and graceful creatures. Pics please!
eglantine_br
Nov. 9th, 2012 10:36 pm (UTC)
Pictures very soon. Husband is a good guy. He loves animals too.
ashley_pitt
Nov. 9th, 2012 10:49 pm (UTC)
What i do to get them used to each other is I kept the new cat upstairs for awhile and the old cats on the first floor. Then I switch places. Allowing the new cat to explore the rest of the house and the old cats to experience the new cat scent mixed with mine in the bedroom. Seemed to help get them used to each other.
eglantine_br
Nov. 9th, 2012 11:20 pm (UTC)
That icon looks remarkably like new kitten! Is that a picture of your cat?
ioanite
Nov. 10th, 2012 12:47 am (UTC)
Aww, she sounds adorable. I hope Yodel gets used to her and they at least learn to tolerate each other; whenever my family had two cats at a time, the older one would be resigned to being tormented by the younger one. Perhaps something similar will happen here...

I can't wait to see the pictures!
rikibeth
Nov. 10th, 2012 02:04 am (UTC)
Kitten kitten kitten kitten kitten!
katriona_s
Nov. 10th, 2012 03:06 am (UTC)
Another kitten! Wow!!! I'm looking forward to seeing her photos!! XD XD XD
kittycallum
Nov. 10th, 2012 11:32 am (UTC)
Kitten!!!!! How lovely!
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