Domestic Shorthair
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Home:San Francisco Bay Area, CA  [I have a diary!]  
Sex: Female   Weight: 2 lbs.

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little chai, little one, new one, scootie one, fraidy cat, inari

Kitty Complexion:
sleepyvery active
not curiousvery curious
not vocalvery vocal

Quick Bio:
-cat rescue

June 13th 2006


too much too soon (new people, spaces)

Favorite Nap Spot:
middle of the bed on top of flannel comforter


Arrival Story:
couldn't resist adopting another furry -- they live in small cages at the shelters and don't get to run around :( saw her online amidst the sf spca's postings, had to go meet her. i chose her over another because she was super cute and pretty with her interesting and well mixed array of diluted tortie colors, and she had the cutest little face with those sad and cute eyes! and she played with me and writhed happily on my lap when i met her at the sf spca.

she was picked up by the sf spca after she'd been 2 months (8 weeks) old, and i'm wondering if she wasn't socialized well during her time as a feral kittie. she gave me mixed messages as to her perception of and comfort level with me. for the first week, she was quite the skittish kittie. after a few days of interacting with nori and nibbler and a bit of hissing and growling from nori, she was accepted into the family just fine. but, i may have exposed too many new beings to her too soon: me, nibbler, and nori. although she was friendly towards the other kittens, nevertheless i think everything was a bit overwhelming for her. the second week, i confined her most of the day to the bathroom, and let her out in the evenings trading places with nori and nibbler, and gradually that seemed to have helped. she is quite happy after being alone all day to see me and to have me play with her and feed her. she doesn't like being alone all day, especially if she hears the human and other kitties in another room that's closed off -- i don't blame her. it's her third week with me now, and i've started to let her out all night to be with me trading places with nori and nibbler. she likes to sleep with me on the bed, sometimes somewhere by my side or legs, sometimes near my face in my arms.

Forums Motto:
fraidy cat

I've Been On Catster Since:
September 20th 2006 More than 9 years!

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new home for me?

September 29th 2006 6:41 pm
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my owner thinks that it's time to find me a new home. i think she likes me and would like to keep me, but silly human -- she finally realized and had to learn the hard way that having three kitties in her small studio apartment was suboptimal for everyone, including my 'confinement'/adjustment period. at first she was worried that she and my personalities wouldn't fit well since i was a scaredy cat since she didn't confine me for long enough to get adjusted slowly in the beginning. but since i've cuddled with her a bit to go to sleep, and can handle her walking around and standing near me without freaking out now, it's more of a space and sanity issue for everyone now.

i think that i would do better if the new owner either a) has another kittie for me to play with during the day (but no more than 1 other because otherwise i might bond to mainly the other kitties and not the human), or b) tends to be home often, aka student or someone who telecommutes.

i have really good litter habits knowing where my litter box is, covering up my stuff, and cleaning up my claws/paws too afterwards on a nearby rug/mat/etc. i talk now and then when i want attention by making little meow-y sounds, especially if i'm left all alone for my adjustment period in a 'safe room' for too long. i eat some wet food but i don't need a whole 3 oz can for now, maybe a spoonful each mealtime (2x a day), and dry food and water are nice. i have a weakness for tuna! and i like a bit of milk.

the person who adopts me next should be patient with me, giving me maybe 1-2 weeks to get adjusted to a new home. longer if the space is a big house -- one room at a time.

i hope she finds me a new home soon, because otherwise i might have to go back to the sf spca, and although they are nice and took good care of me there, i'm too frolicky to be couped up in such a little cage all day!!

i'm due for another fvrcp and rabies shots after i'm 4 months old. otherwise, i'm spayed, relatively healthy, and micro-chipped (need to be registered).

ps. i'm super cute!

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