naamah_darling: A very sweet-faced one-eyed Himalayan cat with a crooked jaw. (Smooch)
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Clark the kitty is making progress! Like, he's doing pretty darn well. Look at that mouthy little dude! He's still ill, but he's eating well, is exploring and talking and cuddling, and seems to be on the mend. He had surgery to remove some metal he'd somehow ingested (probably trying to find food), and hopefully that will help clear up his lingering health issues.

There are, of course, other kitties at that shelter who need adopting, and who need help, so donations are always appreciated. There are also shelters near you full of kitties who could use some love.

If I could ask for one thing from each of you today, it wouldn't be to donate, or to spread the word. If you want to do those things, you will do them, and of course that's great, but I really would just ask that next time you find yourself looking for a pet, take in a shelter pet, and consider taking in an adult. None of the problems I feared when we adopted Smooch as a more-or-less adult (certainly full-sized) cat came to pass.

I would also ask that you consider getting two cats, not just one. It's worked wonderfully for us, and it saves two lives.

Adopting Smooch and Etrigan at the same time really pointed out the good points of adopting an adult cat over a kitten. Smooch needs very little supervision and very little correction, and understood how things work pretty well right out of the gate. Etrigan, even though he is very nearly adult-cat-sized now, needs nearly constant supervision, and still hasn't figured out how things are supposed to be.

(Granted, this could be because Etrigan is very nearly the stupidest cat I have ever met. I knew a stupider cat once, but he had distemper when he was a kitten and the fever cooked his brain; he literally had brain damage. We called him "Twit." Etrigan is almost that special.)

The boys are doing well, btw. I have some silly pics I really ought to root out and post. . . .

Date: 2011-12-09 11:32 am (UTC)
elialshadowpine: (Default)
From: [personal profile] elialshadowpine
We have always had better luck adopting two cats or kittens over a single, particularly if there were not many cats in the household. Kitties need companionship, too!

Date: 2011-12-09 12:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
They do, and not just for their own good, but for their people's. Kittens that want attention and have nobody but YOU to play with become a major PITA.

There's this idea that dogs are social animals and do well in packs, like wolves, and that cats are solitary animals. It's just not so. Cats need companionship, too, and another cat is really the most capable of filling that role.

Date: 2011-12-09 12:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
After my beloved old girl Kittiness passed, I decided that if I got kitties again that I would get two, for just the reasons you spoke of. Kittiness seemed content as an only cat, but I knew that she was the exception.

I've never bought a kitty from a store; my cats always find me (see photo - they turned up abandoned outside the building I lived in at the time, and I'd been considering whether I was ready for kitties again after Kittiness... and decided the universe would tell me when I was ready, which it definitely did!). My hunny N's cats have always found him, too, so we're both of the same mind.

We have four furballs in the house, and wouldn't change that a bit. :)

Date: 2011-12-09 12:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
When my Roomie and her big fluffy buff kitty of DOOOOOM move out, I'll be adopting a laid-back fella for Kensi to bat around. The kitties currently tolerate each other and play, but I hope that I can find her a real buddy cat that she can cuddle and groom :)

Date: 2011-12-09 01:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Speaking of adopting, Red the kitty still DESPERATELY needs a home. The lady that saved him has been able to get him boarding space at a local vet, but that's only a temporary solution.

Date: 2011-12-09 03:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
If I decide to get cats again, that's actually my intention: to adopt from a shelter and get 2. :) I want to know I'm in a more longer term place to live and out of school before I do so though. I've gotten picky about that since I had to give up my 2 cats (I didn't have a choice, unfortunately), and despite the fact I didn't have a choice, I still feel guilty (long story on why I didn't have a choice, but the short version is I got screwed over - by a friend of my parents, no less). I had to give them up in 2007, and I don't ever want to go through that again, much less feel like I failed the cats.

I'm soooo glad Clark is doing better though!! I hope charges have been brought on the former "owners." What heartless people! And the fact they adopted him in the first place?? WTF?? And I read that people will abandon their cats just because they don't want to pay for cat food anymore??? People really disgust me! But I'm glad so many people from all over the world have donated for his care. I put a little money toward it too and am glad I did. :) It's so good to see him up and about!

Date: 2011-12-09 04:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
We got a pair of calico sisters from a local foster. They're a year old this month and absolutely crazy! It's been years since I had to deal with kitteny zips, side dances and pouffy tails. And now we have it in the Trouble Twins.

My old girl, Miss Cleo, who is 17, tolerates them at best. She still gives me the occasional disdainful, hairy eyeball of doom for bringing all this sound and furry into her life.

Date: 2011-12-09 06:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
We seem to skip the shelter and get cats more directly- we live in the country, and so people dump cats out here, and we end up taking them in. That, and we take cats that have been dumped on other people who for whatever reason cannot keep them. If this ever stops happening and we're in need of a cat, we shall certainly go to the shelter.

Date: 2011-12-09 07:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
We got two shelter kittehz back in 2008, and I've never regretted it for a second. They play-fight like crazy (possibly sometimes really fight, I can't tell) and steal each other's food, but they've got each other's backs and protect each other fiercely. If one cat is stuck in the closet or the bathroom, the other will sit in front of the door and call to them, and in extreme cases try to herd one of the humans toward the door. When we take them to the vet or hold them down to put flea treatments on them, the cat that's not currently being wrangled will glare at us and occasionally growl. (Seriously, growl! I didn't even know cats could growl.) If one of them is making distressed throwing-up or coughing-up-a-hairball noises, the other will come over and make sure they're OK.

Date: 2011-12-09 08:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
When I was growing up, we found three cats abandoned them in a quarry and adopted them. The names were based on how they acted. So we ended up with Frisky, Climber, and ....


I don't know what (if anything really was) wrong with him. But holy shit, could he manage some stupid shit. One thing that I really remember is that Climber was chasing a mouse around the house, which eventually hid under Fuzzbrain. Big ball of fur, looking around like "huh?" with a mouse tail sticking out.

Date: 2011-12-09 09:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
We have three SPCA Specials. I'll never adopt a cat from a pet store, the SPCA kits need us too much.

Date: 2011-12-10 01:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

We have:
2 from the vets, they were dropped off there and they wanted to adopt 'em as a pair. They suckered^wconvinced us to do it.
1 rescued stray that turned out to be saved from a hoarder
1 rescued stray that was dumped at a friend's workplace
1 just kinda walked in the back door


Date: 2011-12-10 01:29 am (UTC)
ashbet: (Bastian 1)
From: [personal profile] ashbet

All 3 of my cats (the two that live with me, and one who lives with my ex) are all rescues, and I love them to bits <3

One of the reasons we chose Bastian was that, at 10 months old, he was more of a leggy adolescent than a tiny-adorable-ball-of-fluff KITTEN, and we thought that he'd make a better companion for Zuul than a wee one . . . and we also knew that the older he got, the less likely he was to find a home.

BTW, I have good news that I wanted to share with you, [ profile] naamah_darling, since you were kind enough to help get the word out -- Barnaby (our FIV+ foster cat, who we can't keep because it isn't feasible to keep him isolated in perpetuity, plus we're only allowed two cats in our apartment) has found a home, and he's going there tomorrow!!

A sweet 80-year-old lady in our neighborhood called because she'd seen our signs and wanted to know if he had ever found his owners -- she is okay with keeping him an only/indoor cat, and she's really excited because she had Siamese cats for 35 years and loves them to bits. We took him to meet her on Thursday, and they got along really well, so he's going to her place for good on Saturday :)

We're her backup listed with the vet and with her medical-POA-holder, in case anything were to happen (not being morbid, she's had some health problems and I just want to be sure that they call US if she needs to spend a few days in the hospital, rather than a shelter), and she said that was a comfort to her, as well.

She's also really adorable and charming, and she teaches meditation classes and holistic-wellness workshops, and we share some spiritual interests, so she's someone I can see becoming friends with, all because of this wonderful cat who wandered into our lives :)

(Blasted cat has cost me $400 and counting in vet bills, but I'm only mildly complaining -- I'd rather that I'm broke and he's healthy, flea-free, and in a good home, versus the alternative!)


-- A <3

Date: 2011-12-13 03:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh, that's good news! Thanks for posting it here.

Date: 2011-12-13 08:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
That is excellent news! Thank you so much for the update! She sounds like a lovely lady, and I hope he is as happy with her as he deserves to be! <3

Date: 2011-12-12 12:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Taking in an older shelter pet was the best decision I ever made. Vanyel is the best cat I ever could have hoped for. He bit me the day I met him - hard and with a fully open mouth - the upper and lower tooth marks were nearly on opposite sides of my elbow, and were completely the fault of incompetency on the shelter's part. It took a couple of months before he stopped hitting. But now? He's the best, most tolerant, most patient cat in the world - at least until the baby learns to crawl...we'll see how he does then, but I suspect he'll just figure out how to run faster.

Vanyel's an only cat, by mutual preference, but if I were given the right opportunity, I'd spend another six months searching for the right shelter cat all over again.

Date: 2011-12-12 10:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
He sounds wonderful! It was good of you to stick with him until he learned to socialize. A lot of folks would've given up. <3

Date: 2011-12-13 10:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I completely agree about the adult cats and I'm horrified to see this poor little fellow's story. Thanks so much for telling people this. As you know, it devestated me when my parents left my 18 year old cat out in the cold because they didn't want to deal with him any more. Now he's on the mend, happy as a clam and spoiled rotten (the way it always should have been). My mind cannot wrap itself around people reasoning that treating animals like this is okay. It's not. It never has been, never will be. As always, all my love and support.

Date: 2011-12-14 08:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I got my Siamese/Siamese mix from the Humane Society about 10 years ago. They said that she was about 18 months old. Her previous owner gave "want a kitten instead" as the reason for surrender. Sapphire is still with me today, in fact she's perched on the back of my chair, supervising my computer use. She does a lot of supervising.

When my daughter moved out, and took her two cats with her, Sapphire missed both my daughter and one of the cats. She didn't care for the other one. At any rate, my husband and I went to the Humane Society again. My husband was charmed by a two month old orange tabby kitten, while I fell under the influence of a four year old orange tabby gentleman.

I think that from now on, I will look at the adult cats first when I'm looking for a new cat. They are so, so happy to get attention, and both of the cats that I adopted are wonderful members of the family.

Date: 2011-12-14 10:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Awww! Happy stories all around! I'm so glad you took them in. <3


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