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Old 03-24-14, 09:23 AM   #1
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New Cats!

We decided that we missed having cats around the house, so Saturday we went to Operation Kindness, the local no-kill shelter, and adopted a couple of adorable cats.


Jackson by monogodo, on Flickr
Jackson was brought to Operation Kindness as a stray on February 23, 2014, with an estimated age of 1.5 years. He's a partial tabby (white with brown tabby spots), 10.19 lbs with a short coat. He's a very tall cat, and very loving. He has taken to following me around the house.


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Léonie was originally transferred to Operation Kindness from a different shelter in May 2013 with her siblings. She has lived almost her whole life in a shelter, but she's got an amazingly sweet and calm disposition. Her birthdate is approximately 4/22/2013, so she's not quite a year old. She is extremely timid, but loves being petted. We think it's a product of living in a shelter cage for so long.
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Old 03-24-14, 09:36 AM   #2
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Good on you for adopting. It's all I've done...one cat and three dogs.

Do they get along? I've only had the one cat, but have heard and read enough to know that cats need a much more gradual introduction to each other than dogs. Being that they're both coming into a new home simultaneously will hopefully help their bonding.
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Good for you indeed. My cats have had a way of finding me, and have had some bad experiences in their early lives (although they'll tell you they've got it pretty rough now when their meals aren't served when they want). I'm still surprised by the strengths of their personality and how much/little they'll adapt, I bet they'll do fine at your place.
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I've had both of my current cats since they were born (there mother has since passed).
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Good on you for adopting. It's all I've done...one cat and three dogs.

Do they get along? I've only had the one cat, but have heard and read enough to know that cats need a much more gradual introduction to each other than dogs. Being that they're both coming into a new home simultaneously will hopefully help their bonding.
They've never met each other. Léonie spent her time at the shelter in the Kitten room, while Jackson had only been there about a month, and was in the Cat room. We put him in our bedroom, and her in the spare bedroom. When he was following me around the house last night, he started to go into the spare room, but I stopped him. We want that room to be Léonie's "safe place" for now. We figure it could take a few weeks for her to be comfortable enough to come out and explore. We'll be sure to keep Jackson in our bedroom when she's out exploring at first. They did see each other for a few seconds when he started to go into the spare room, but neither one reacted to the other. And their carriers were next to each other during the car ride home, and there was no reaction.

That's the other weird thing. The last three cats we had hated their carriers in one way or another. Lorenzo started screaming as soon as he was in his, until the car started moving, then he'd calm down. Once the car stopped, he'd scream again. Lance was fine in his carrier until the car started moving, then he'd cry & try to get out. Arianna just hated hers, and would yowl the entire time. Both Jackson & Léonie sat quietly in their carriers the entire time.
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Bless you for adopting shelter cats... my sweet buddies always come form a shelter and I am awarded heavily with their love and companionship... that said, sometimes hte relationship took awhile to develop. A number of years ago I adopted a beautiful Maine Coon - Cooney! Cooney was very big and quite intimidating. It was touch and go that first year but finally I earned his trust and he was my companion for almost 15 years (he was 5 when I adopted him and around 20 when he died).
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Awesome. You rule for going with a shelter and getting two. They're generally much more happy in pairs. I am definitely going to try to find a bonded pair when I get back on the cat train.
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Oh, this is just just so good of you to not go for kittens. Older adopted cats are pretty smart and know when they've got a good thing going.

A thought to alternate each cats access to the entire house so they don't establish territory (thru scent) that potentially might deny use by the other. Each to have their own safe haven, but other all area's to be neutral territory, such as wherever the litter boxes end up as well as the kitchen, if you feed them there.
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What I do when I bring in a new cat, is take a slightly damp bath towel and rub the old cat down. Then take the new cat and rub it down with the same towel. That gets the smell of the old cat on the new and the new one does not appear to be such an intruder.
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What I do when I bring in a new cat, is take a slightly damp bath towel and rub the old cat down. Then take the new cat and rub it down with the same towel. That gets the smell of the old cat on the new and the new one does not appear to be such an intruder.
We did this with some mild baby wipes at the place I volunteered. Supposedly helps for females in heat too.
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I salute you for adopting from a shelter. Companions adopted from a shelter are wonderful, and are always so glad to be adopted and have a family.
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Jackson looks like he might be part abby from the shape of the head and the fact that he's so tall.
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Jackson looks like he might be part abby from the shape of the head and the fact that he's so tall.
Agreed. And congratulations on the new housemates!

FWIW: my two guys are going to be about 2 years old soon (they were born in a barn to feral parents) and doing well. There's a couple photos here: Mango and Pumpkin update

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We're on the short list for rehoming a Savannah cat. She's a F1 hybrid female from a Serval and domestic cross Anything I need to know (Other than they are big and mischevious as hell)? It's possible we'll actually wind up with 2, if the F2 Hybrid male's adoption falls through. They are separate genetic lines entirely, so in the future, we may also have Savannah kittens available.
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We're on the short list for rehoming a Savannah cat. She's a F1 hybrid female from a Serval and domestic cross Anything I need to know (Other than they are big and mischevious as hell)? It's possible we'll actually wind up with 2, if the F2 Hybrid male's adoption falls through. They are separate genetic lines entirely, so in the future, we may also have Savannah kittens available.
We initially went to look at a couple of Bengals that they have, but both would have only been suitable for an only-cat situation, and we wanted two. The first one was adorable and affectionate, but was front-declawed. The other just didn't get along with other cats.

I really would like a Savannah. I think Jackson is the closest I'll be able to get. I'm thinking about trying to leash training him.
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We decided that we missed having cats around the house, so Saturday we went to Operation Kindness, the local no-kill shelter, and adopted a couple of adorable cats.
Here are our newest 2, they are about 3 years old now.






These 2 were adopted from underneath our neighbor's shed. My wife was looking out the kitchen window one day and saw the 2 little faces peeking out from under the fence. She fed them for a little while then decided she should catch them before something bad happened to them. After she kept them for a little while she decided she couldn't give them away.

While we have been married we have adopted 2 from the local shelter and 5 from the wild one way or another. We still have 5 total with us but a couple of them are pretty old.

We moved about the same time that you did, back in September. We hauled all 5 of them to the new house and let them loose in "their" bedroom. They hid in the closet and didn't move at all for about 24 hours. After that they would venture out a little bit but it took them a few weeks before they got comfortable roaming around the house. I had to child-proof all of the bathroom drawers because a couple of them would pull open a drawer, crawl in it, and then get in the cabinet behind the drawer.
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