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8/13/12 12:20 A

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I am praying that she is okay!

One bite, one day, one pound at a time. Remember you are worth the effort!

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8/12/12 8:57 P

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What a lovely name!

Good luck with those liver numbers.

So glad she is settling in. :)

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8/12/12 3:47 P

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Oh, I forgot to let everyone know, we decided on Fae for her name. Our vet appointment went well enough, we have to go back in three weeks though. In her bloodwork, a liver enzyme was too high, so we're praying it's an infection or something and not liver disease.
She's also started exploring more of the apartment and she and Bean are becoming... well something. They're still getting used to each other, let's put it that way. Thanks for everyone's help and advice!

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8/5/12 8:39 A

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Congratulations on your new addition! I'm glad she is eating. She just needed some time.

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8/4/12 9:00 P

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my 4 fur balls say YEAH! Wy to go! and welcome home!

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8/3/12 4:00 P

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It's basically the difference between "dark" and "light" Fae. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Classificatio
ns_of_fairies

That's interesting about the name and your doll. I "get" pet names from just observing them. They "tell me their names." :)

Of my eight cats, four of them have "people" names. To me, it's no big deal if the name fits. :)

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8/3/12 3:23 P

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Jen, it's really interesting that you mention Meg...

Do you know the American Girl company? Meg is the name of my still-treasured American Girl "Just Like Me" doll ~ named after one of the four March sisters in Little Women!

I don't know Seelie vs. Unseelie, can you explain the reference? It's a pretty name though!

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8/3/12 10:18 A

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Oh, she is beautiful, and Bean looks like SUCH a character!

Since you mentioned a name relating to the Fae, the first name that came to mind when I saw her is Seelie. :) (As in Seelie vs Unseelie.) It just seems to fit.

Another name that came to mind, for some reason--but it's too human for your tastes, based on what you said in your post--is Megan. Don't ask me why. LOL! "Meg," maybe?

So glad she is coming around. I hope the introduction with Bean goes well. Just remember to take it slow.

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8/3/12 5:17 A

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Great news, she's eating normally (maybe more than normal!) and is really starting to warm up to me. She still startles really easily, and hasn't quite made as much progress with my husband, but then, I'm home all day while he works.

The only thing now is to name her - we have a vet appointment next week for vaccine boosters and we'll have to get something on record. Any ideas?

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8/1/12 9:50 A

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Yay! :)

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7/31/12 11:12 P

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SO awesome when they let us "in"

One bite, one day, one pound at a time. Remember you are worth the effort!

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7/31/12 7:49 P

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Thanks for everyone's advice - we've made some good progress. She definitely ate some last night, and she let both my hubby and I get close enough to pet her ever-so-slightly. I even got her to eat treats almost right out of my hand. It's funny because we seem to progress a little more each day, but then we start from scratch the following day!

I will periodically update this thread with our progress, and hopefully sometime soon I'll get some photos of her out in the open so you can all "meet" her. :)

Thank you again, you've all been very helpful!

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7/31/12 12:47 A

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Before you know it she will be a nudge and won't leave you alone! Congrats!

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7/31/12 12:18 A

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All of the suggestions here are great. She most likely is nibbling a bit, if she's using her litter box. She's had a lot of big changes in her life (shelter, surgery, new home, new people), and probably just needs a little time to adjust. It sounds like you're doing the right thing by giving her a chance to get used to her by spending time in the room with her, but not pushing it. I'll bet she'll come around quickly as she starts to feel more comfortable.



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7/30/12 4:48 P

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If she's moving around/meowing/pawing at the door, then chances are good she is also eatin. Doesn't hurt to monitor it, though. I also think asking the rescue what they fed her is good, because the familiar food may make her more comfortable again.

Glad you are making progress with getting her to come to you/not run! :)

It's always neat seeing a new cat acclimate.

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7/30/12 3:33 P

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Thanks for the advice everyone. I think I will start weighing her food. I'm also planning to call the rescue to find out exactly what they were feeding her and when. I hope that if I replicate her "normal" routine as much as possible it will help her feel more comfortable.
I did get her to sniff my hand a little bit earlier today which is a little progress - she stayed around a bit instead of darting off as soon as I approached.

I know she's more active at night becuase I can hear her meowing and pawing at the door. I hope that means she's eating too.

Please feel free to continue posting your ideas, they have been very helpful!

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7/30/12 1:58 P

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Great advice,everyone. I bet she is chowing at night when it is quiet. You might also see what the shelter feed her. Maybe she is a nibbler and not a big meal gal.

also, if she seems shut down, baby food chicken, ham or beef is a tried and true method to stimulate appetite. My vet suggested it when on of mine went hunger strike. Worked like a charm. can't pop open any similar sounding jar now with a stampede! It's a short term fix, not the right food and nutrients,but gets the taste buds jumping and you can wean her from baby food to what ever her regular chow is.

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7/30/12 1:02 A

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as long as there is stuff in the litter box she is eating-- give her time.. maybe sit i there for periods of time and wait for her to come out


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I strongly suggest weighing the food so you can tell. If you don't have a food scale, they are inexpensive enough. Get one that will measure in grams, not just ounces. Weigh bowl + food. Weight it periodically. For kibble, the difference should be food consumed. For wet, you'll need to estimate water lost as the food dries out. You can do the same for water. Keep a written record.

If there are feces in the box, she probably is eating. However, don't let the issue go on too long, either, as cats do not fast well for more than about 2 days.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Galatians 5:22-23 (NIV)


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I think you're doing everything right. Maybe if you're just giving her dry, you could try to entice her with wet.

If you're still concerned by say Tuesday, talk to your vet. I hope she IS eating, but if she's only eating when you're not around, it may be hard for you to tell.

Good luck!

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7/29/12 3:35 P

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Hi, I'm Kat. My hubby and I have a nearly three year old male tabby named Bean. We just adopted a female calico/tortie from a resuce organization. She is extremely skittish. The rescue told us she was abused in the past.
We brought her home for the first time on Friday (7/27) after her spay surgery. We're keeping her isolated in our home office with everything she should need (litter box/food/water/soft places to curl up). She has yet to properly show herself to us, which isn't unexpected, but it means we can't keep an eye on her incision. However, I'm primarily concerned about the fact that she doesn't seem to be eating or drinking anything. She is using the box, so perhaps she's eating some, but there is no discernible difference in her food/water bowls.

My husband and I have both been spending time in here (it's where the computers are) in the hope that she will become more accustomed to our presence. Perhaps this is too much for her? Should we just let her be alone?

Any advice on how to coax her to eat or ease her fears would be appreciated.

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