|Purred: Thu Dec 30, '10 1:26pm PST |
|Thanks for your response MFF!
I got my first foster with Forgotten Felines this past Tuesday, a little calico called Isabella. I have a spare bedroom I've set up as a cat room with a cat tree by the window, food, water, litter box and some cat toys. Since I've got the week off from work I can supervise the progress she's making settling in. So far she's a bit shy as to be expected but I think she'll come out of her shell eventually. Every couple of hours I go into her room and spend some time with her and she's happy to come out and visit when I do, though she's not ready to jump up on my lap yet. She's happy being petted, though. Not too interested in her toys. Her former foster mom told me she's never shown much interest in toys. She's a momcat who's been a long term foster. She's very sweet.
Gleshka and she had a brief introduction the other day. She's curious about the rest of the house and Gleshka was curious about what was going on in the room I kept disappearing into. He kept looking around with this look like, "Something's different. I just don't quite know what it is..."
As I was headed out of the cat room yesterday afternoon, Isabella was hanging around the door looking to make an exit and Gleshka was hanging outside the room trying to figure out what was going on... and there they were, face to face right at my feet! Well, there was a little hissy fit but both of them seemed to be equally scared of each other. If i were put to it, though, I'd have to say that Isabella is most likely the less dominant of the two. I can't quite put my finger on why I say that, but that's just the way it appears to me.
I like the idea of a cat crate for the future but it's not needed right now. Isabella is flea free and had her shots, etc so I'm not worried about any quarantining issues right yet. Just keeping them separate so they can acclimate. Plus I just bought a Litter Robot and I'm a bit strapped for cash at the moment. I hope a new cat AND a new litterbox isn't too much at once for poor Gleshka but he seems to be okay for the moment.
Thanks again for your post. I'll post again when updates are available!
I don't know when I'm going to let Isabella free roam yet. I'm still working on the scent exchange as you mentioned. Maybe give it a shot this weekend and see how it goes, but will still keep her in the cat room while I'm gone at work next week.
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