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A new kitty in the house...

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Friday night, I stepped outside and a cat cam up to me. She had the same coloring (roughly) as Miss Kitty...and when I bent down to pet her, the poor thing was skin and bones. Literally -- her backbone and each vertebrae sticking out. When I picked her up, she could not have weighed more than 5 pounds, the poor thin thing!

Seriously, how could I have left her?!

So I brought her up to the apartment and fed her as much food as I could get into her. She's still incredibly thin, but she spent all of Friday and most of Saturday just sleeping, and today she was exploring the apartment and actually came out from under the couch to sleep on top of it!

One minor issue -- Miss Kitty is still not very happy about sharing her space. She and the new kitty are getting better but they still posture, hiss, spit, yowl, growl...sigh. Hopefully they start to get along better soon, because I don't think I can give up this needy little kitty!!

Here she is -- and so incredibly skinny you'll probably cry:

And here she is posturing with Miss Kitty:

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  • JOSEY98
    Miss Kitty will get over it. And, it may turn out to be a really good thing for her. To have companionship during the day, a playmate, could help her relax and to not be quite so needy with you. Good luck and bless you for saving that poor kitty!
    2167 days ago
  • CHLOE453
    emoticon Miss Kitty will be fine, however it could take a little bit. We have introduced many cats over the years..a bit of spitting and hissing at first then when they realize they are here to stay. The was very sweet of you to take this baby in that obviously needed you....our vet tells me that these kitties are brought to us...we just do not happen upon them. LOL

    To your questions: Litter I believe is whatever works for you the best. We prefer scoopable with all the fur babies that we have, although some vets say do not use the scoopable. I have used about every brand out there...the one we have been using is Paws & Claws from Tractor Supply, it is a good price and keeps odor down. On those really hot and stuffy days you can throw a bit of Arm & Hammer baking soda in it to cut odor.
    As far as the cat pheromones we have tried them but really didn't notice they made any difference...although I have heard people swear by them.

    Good luck with your new baby, have you picked out a name?? Might be a good idea if you are able to have her checked out by your vet, just to make sure that she is healthy and such. Take care. emoticon emoticon
    2169 days ago
    Aaaw, you're a good kitty mom.
    2169 days ago
    Thank you so much for your support everyone! I do have two quick questions:

    1. What kind of litter should I use? The litterbox is definitely more pungent since the arrival of the new kitty!

    2. What are cat pheromones, and do they work? My neighbor was telling me about "happy cat pheromones" that would help the cats feel less antagonistic toward each other, and maybe head off spraying behavior before it starts?
    2169 days ago
    Give them some time -- after a lot of drama they'll probably settle into being best friends. Thanks for taking in the new kitty. It breaks my heart thinking about all the poor animals that don't have good homes. Now there's one less!

    2169 days ago
    what a cutie
    2169 days ago
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    2170 days ago
    Awww, adorable!
    2170 days ago
    Thanks so much, I've only ever had dogs so I didn't realize that cats don't really get along at first meeting! OOPS!!

    I just made an appointment with my vet for the little one, so she will get checked out and we will make sure she is healthy!
    2170 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/14/2012 1:25:11 PM
    That poor, sweet, little baby. She certainly came to the right place. She and Miss Kitty may never get along great, but hopefully they will. At the very least they'll come to an agreement. ha! I forgot to warn you that Miss Kitty would probably be a "gateway kitty".
    2170 days ago
    Aww poor little thing - good on you for rescuing her xx
    2170 days ago
    Good for you. Hope Miss Kitty learns to share.
    2170 days ago
    Your cat gives me hope about mine. HUGS
    2170 days ago
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