July 30th 2006 7:56 am
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So it's now Sunday, July 30 2006. Merlin was born sometime in July 1996, so his 10th birthday occured recently. He was found in a box in a dumpster, his whiskers cut off, with some other kittens so no one is sure of the exact birth date.
Anyway, this coming Friday our mobile vet is making a stop by the house to give Merlin a rabies shot. He hasn't had one in several years because he's an indoor cat, and is horrified of outdoors. But next weekend I am MOVING and Merlin's coming with me. So I wanted to get the shot taken care of before I take him anywhere.
I'm a little nervous because I don't know how he's going to feel about all of this. We are moving from Baltimore, MD to Buffalo, NY to live with my fiance and his dog Kolbe. Merlin grew up with my collie Quest, who we had 3 years before Merlin, so he has lived with dogs before. But Quest passed away in October 2005...will Merlin remember what it's like with a dog in the house? Kolbe is only a year and a half old and has a lot of energy...Quest had been the victim of bad arthritis for the past few years. I don't think Kolbe will hurt Merlin but she will definitely be interested in him.
I have been reading online articles on introducing a dog to a cat and vice versa. I also purchased Feliway spray and I'm going to get the Feliway wall plugins to help make Merlin more comfortable and calm as he adjusts to this new place.
He also HATES car rides and it's a 6 1/2 hour drive!!
Wish us luck next week...hopefully Merlin will handle everything better than I think he will!