|Purred: Sat Nov 30, '13 9:32am PST |
A few weeks ago we had a kitty show up on our doorstep begging for food. Poor thing was literally skin and bones, but she was so friendly and had such a sweet personality that she stole our hearts, and we decided to adopt her even though my wife is allergic to cats. At first we thought we'd get her spayed and let her be an outdoor kitty. She learned when we left in the mornings and always showed up for breakfast, and she was always waiting for us when we got home in the evenings. She was outdoor only for about 3 weeks until we could get her to the vet for a health checkup and spay. Then of course we had to keep her indoors while she recovered from the surgery.
We're currently 4 days post-spay, and we're discovering that she's such a well-behaved kitty that we're contemplating keeping her indoors full time. We've found a few ways around the allergy problems (we have 100% wood floors in our home, and we keep her off of the upholstered furniture and out of our bedroom and so far so good). We were also very surprised that we had NO litterbox training issues whatsoever. We just made a litterbox available to her and she has used it without fail without any prompting from us. She also responds to a firm "no" - if she starts to climb up on the couch one "no" does the job. This all leads me to believe that she may have been an indoor kitty before someone decided to let her go. Either that or she's just a very mild mannered stray, but from everything I've read that would be very unusual. The vet estimated her age at 7 - 8 months due to the condition of her teeth.
I had cats as a child but they were always indoor/outdoor cats who came and went as they pleased through the pet door. I guess times have changed since then - everything I've read now say keep your cats indoors 24/7, and I don't have a problem with that based on how well she's done as an indoor kitty so far. I do have a few questions though...
- Ever since her spay operation, she has been mostly sedentary. She has her favorite spot that she likes to lay/sit in to sleep or groom herself. She'll get up and spend 5 minutes walking around and exploring, then go back to her spot. We've bought her various types of toys but she hasn't really shown any interest in them, and hasn't been playful at all. Is this normal for a post-spay cat, or will she return to more "normal" activity at some point? Problem is I don't really know what "normal" is for her since I don't know her full history, but it seems to me that she's still a kitten and she should be a lot more playful.
- What other things should I be doing to make the home more stimulating for her? She's getting lots of attention, but other than crawling into someone's lap to be petted she doesn't seem interested in much else. I'm a little concerned about her not getting enough exercise, or maybe she misses the great outdoors?
I'd appreciate any advice!
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