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wee3beasties

Posted on 07/26/2013


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New Roommate!

New Roommate!
Quincy was dewormed yesterday, and he has been transitioned into the room with Penelope and Fiona. I supervised carefully, nervous about Penelope's response to a stranger in her space. After all, she did NOT like Bubba and made that abundantly clear to all. However, Penelope merely followed Quincy around and sniffed him. Penelope did not mind the boy at all. . . until he tried to convince her to lick his head tonight by bumping under her chin and holding his head there. Penelope licked him twice then took a quick nip and walked away.

Fiona? Well, Fiona is a different story. Fiona started by hiding in her official hiding spot. The waterproof blanket on the sofa dangles over the edge to the floor. Fiona dives under that blanket, leaving an obvious bulge. I snatched the girl up and laid down with her on the sofa, giving her a sense of protection by curling my legs up around her. The dear girl growled and shivered for quite a while, but she obviously appreciated the *safe zone* I provided. We cuddled for over an hour before she decided to snooze. I slipped out, wrapping her in a blanket to go feed the rest of the felines in the house. Dear, sweet Fiona remained in the very same spot on the sofa the entire time. In fact, she did not leave the sofa for anything all day. I even slipped back in around her and napped an hour. By then, the wee girl cuddled and purred.

I am pleased that the transition has overall gone well. I do believe that Fiona will accept the friendly fella in a matter of time. Given Bubba couldn't be in that room, I am pleased that Quincy has settled in there so smoothly.

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Diane Burke - Diane's Sweet Treats
Diane Burke - Diane'…
This is great news! I'm so happy to read that they settle in so peacefully with you, and in turn trust the other felines you bring to their room.
5 years ago.
wee3beasties has replied to Diane Burke - Diane'…
I'm thrilled it went so smoothly today. And I can't help but be tickled that Fiona views me as someone completely safe. I love, love, love that little girl. Ahhhhhhhh. . .
5 years ago.
wee3beasties
wee3beasties
Dinner didn't go as well as I had hoped. Fiona hid under the edge of the blanket and growled. I did take her out and put her in front of her food dish. She ate most of it. Penelope happily ate hers. Quincy ate his. The issue surfaced when both Penelope and Quincy wanted to finish off Fiona's abandoned bowl. Penelope got there first, and Quincy approached, very clearly telling her, "I don't want to attack you, but I will if you don't do what I want you to do. I don't want to attack you. I don't want to attack you." I had to intervene just to distract Quincy from his internal conflict, easily done, but it makes me more nervous about what could happen when I am not in the room. After their dinner, I sat on the sofa and held a growling Fiona. Penelope plopped down on the coffee table. Quincy came up for loving and laid down, purring, on the sofa next to Fiona and me. Fiona temporarily calmed down somewhat, but she ended up opting to leave the sofa when I stirred. We'll see what happens. I worry that Quincy has a bit of Bubba blood in him. Will a dominant drive emerge once he is more comfortable?
5 years ago.
wee3beasties
wee3beasties
Fiona continues to struggle to adjust. She is frightfully afraid of other felines. Paralyzing for her, and Penelope feels a need to "protect" her. As a temporary solution, I have moved Fiona out of their room. I want to see if Penelope and Quincy can get along together without the added stress of a cowering lump of growl. So, what did I do? I moved Fiona into the room of the least threatening feline out there: MoMo. Of course, Fiona is cowering and growling just the same, but I want to see whether that fear extinguishes itself. Time will tell.
5 years ago.
Cats 99
Cats 99
Poor Fiona! Some cats just don't do well with strange cats. I have never been able to integrate Ghost. Indeed, lately if I don't close up her room Murphy likes to go in there and pester her. She seems to overreact which doesn't help things at all. Maybe Fiona is a bit more like that. I do hope you can find a way to make all the cats work out. (I know, adopting some out would be best....) I'm praying for that for you.
5 years ago.
wee3beasties has replied to Cats 99
Thanks for your prayers and support, Fran. Fiona does eventually calm down a bit, I think. I am hoping that being in with a benign feline like MoMo will do her some good. I have the added stress right now that MoMo's litterbox stopped working making it the third litter robot to stop working in our house the past few weeks. Yikes! Hopefully this weekend I can look into what is happening with the 'bots. Poor Ghost with Murphy's cheap entertainment (Murphy sounds like Curio in that aspect). I'm so encouraged that you had so many felines find good homes this past week. I'd love to have a complete turnover of the recent rescues. I have that momma with kittens waiting to get into our care as well as more felines at the feral feeder at work in addition to two felines living in a friend's yard that I offered to trap. Sigh. A bit overwhelming if I let it be. Hope you have a marvelous weekend!
5 years ago.
Cats 99
Cats 99
I need some prayers myself - the latest cat I brought in is lactating. The vet is spaying her anyways, but unless I find those kittens I have to put her back. It will be like finding a needle in a haystack (in the rain too!)
5 years ago.
wee3beasties has replied to Cats 99
Will pray!
5 years ago.
Cats 99
Cats 99
Thanks! It stopped raining by the time we got there. I had 3 helpers and we searched the property but we didn't find any sign of any kittens. When I picked up the cat, I talked more with the vet. She said that this cat's milk glands have milk in them, but that they weren't engorged. The blood vessels feeding the milk glands were quite large. The vet thought this might indicate that she had kittens, but that she is either weaning them, or she lost them (possibly to predators) very recently. After not feeding kittens all night she should have been engorged. I asked the vet what she would do (and recommend) for this situation. She said she wouldn't put mama back. However, she told me to keep visiting the property and keep an eye out just in case the kittens are there and just weaned. They may still be around.

I have left food out already since last night, so I guess I am not done with that property just yet. (I would very much love to get some kittens!)
5 years ago.
wee3beasties has replied to Cats 99
Well, I hope the kittens didn't suffer, whatever their fate. And I trust the momma will recover nicely. Friendly or completely feral? Wish you lived closer. There's a whole shed of mommas and kittens just waiting for us to find space. Hoping to clear out enough to bring those ones into our care. Sigh. The Good Lord knows!
5 years ago.