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We have a new kitten! [Feb. 1st, 2015|02:46 pm]

This was completely unexpected, but we have been adopted by a little feral kitten! We have not had any pets since our parakeet Pippin died in 2011, so this is going to be fun and challenging! At least the kitchen remodel is finished! lol

This is Zoe. :) She is the sweetest little thing. You would never know she'd been living wild. She's moved right in and taken over the house - and us. ;-)

More pics and story under the cut.

A couple of weeks ago, we started seeing a mom cat with one kitten, once in our yard down by the street, but mostly wandering around in the lot next door where two houses are being built. Last weekend, I was only seeing the kitten by herself. She was running around in all the mud and construction trash, so Monday I bought kitten food and went out to try to coax her to me.

I really thought it would take a couple of days to befriend her, if at all, since we've not had any luck with other feral kittens. But as soon as I went out, I heard her meowing and saw that she was alertly watching me. I sat down and called her and she came running! She climbed right into my lap and purred and purred and purred, and when I got out a handful of food, she ate and ate and ate. I think she would have eaten the entire bag of food, if I'd let her. But I was afraid she would get sick, so I just gave her a little at a time, and then brought her in the garage and gave her some water.

The rest of that afternoon, she followed me around everywhere, and wanted to be held and petted, even climbing my leg a couple of times when I didn't pick her up fast enough. I don't think she stopped purring the whole afternoon.

We kept her in the garage that first night (since it wasn't that cold) with food and water, a bed in a box with an old quilt and a litter box, which she knew to use right away. We left the door to the outside open enough for her to leave if she needed to. We didn't want her to feel trapped, or to not be able to get back to her mother if she showed up. But she didn't go out, and the one time I saw her look out the door, she ducked back in immediately. When she was still with us the next morning, I cleared out a small spare room and made it the cat room.

And I was so glad she came to me right away on Monday, because on Tuesday they had all kinds of bulldozers and earth movers digging on the construction site, including one going around grabbing up all the trash right where I had seen her playing, as well as huge dump trucks dumping loads of rocks and gravel. I'm thinking it was really a miracle we were able to save her the day we did. o_O

So this week has been taken up with shopping for all the new kitten stuff we needed, getting her cleaned up and visiting the vet. :) She is so playful and clever and loves to sleep in our laps. I think every chair in the house has also been tried out for napping, too, when the laps are momentarily unavailable. ;-) She is a huge ball of energy when she's not napping, and watching her has worn me out. lol It's been fun though. :D Kitten antics are the best!!

My chair has turned out to maybe be the favorite chair...

Sleeping in the chair next to me while I'm eating lunch and reading...

Hiding in the bookcase...

Making a funny face while grabbing at the phone while I was taking her picture...

I took a little video of her playing with a catnip mouse in the kitchen but I can't seem to get it to embed. I can see it on my videostream page, but I'm not sure anyone else can. But here is a link to it: Link to my video page. If anyone knows how to make this work, please let me know!


[User Picture]From: aome
2015-02-01 09:50 pm (UTC)
Awwww, what a sweetie! Makes you wonder what happened to her mom. :(
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[User Picture]From: dmmccabe
2015-02-02 12:20 am (UTC)
She really is - I was so not expecting that given that she was a feral kitten. And yeah - I was hoping we could find the mom somehow too, but there's been no sign of her. :(
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[User Picture]From: ldydark1
2015-02-01 09:58 pm (UTC)
Hi Naadi!

I <3 your new little friend. She sounds so perfect for you, your family,

and your home. She is so pretty. Does she have a name yet?

I also <3 ed your kitchen remodel. I think it suits you. Very nice.

I am glad to see you more around, here on Live j.

Stay a while! ;)

<3 Ladydark1
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[User Picture]From: dmmccabe
2015-02-02 12:24 am (UTC)
Hi hon! Great to hear from you too! It's going to be an adjustment to keep her, but we love her so it'll be good. :) I hope to be around more - between the kitchen remodel and my grandmother dying, my time last year was pretty much taken. I'm very pleased with how the kitchen turned out - and I do plan to post more pictures at some point. ^.^

And I forgot to answer - yes, her name is Zoe. :)


Edited at 2015-02-02 05:07 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: adafrog
2015-02-02 04:17 am (UTC)
How cute! Congrats on her adopting you.
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[User Picture]From: dmmccabe
2015-02-02 05:09 am (UTC)
Thank you! I feel quite grateful to have been adopted. ^.^
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[User Picture]From: leochi
2015-02-02 12:35 pm (UTC)
What an adorable little fur ball. <333
Thank you for sharing your heart warming story. Cats just know how to steal our hearts, don't they?
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[User Picture]From: dmmccabe
2015-02-02 04:40 pm (UTC)
She is - very adorable. I think we were smitten immediately. *grin* They do indeed. I've always so enjoyed your posts about your cats, but wasn't sure I could have one because of allergies. But I seem to have no trouble with that now. :) So yay!
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[User Picture]From: blamebrampton
2015-02-02 01:32 pm (UTC)
She is so beautiful! You've done so well in being there to be adopted and then taking such wonderful care of her. It's like receiving a gold star from the cat world, and well deserved!
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[User Picture]From: dmmccabe
2015-02-02 04:52 pm (UTC)
Thank you!! I have always so enjoyed your posts about your cats, and especially the newest kitten. :D They are so adorable and funny and omg getting-into-everything! One of the first things I got was a little collar with a bell on it to help me keep track of her, and even that doesn't always work, since she has lately learned to walk without making it ring. ;-) I'd love any good advice you have on kittens; I consider you to be an expert!
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[User Picture]From: blamebrampton
2015-02-10 01:13 pm (UTC)
Given how naughty Rusketus is, I have deducted points from myself lately! But we have found that encouraging good behaviour works better than punishing bad. There may be inappropriate weeing, this is usually in response to either stress or fussiness. An extra litter tray or more frequent cleaning will help with the latter, while safe spaces and calm will help with the former. I read an article today saying that boxes are the answer, Monster would say boxes and beds to hide under, while Cookie and Ruus prefer high spaces and nooks, like the spare bit of a bookshelf. We have a lot of little places they can make into cat spaces, laundry baskets are left on the ground, shelves have empty bits, beds have pillow piles they can perch on or worm into.

Collar is a brill idea, and if you can keep her indoors, her life expectancy is doubled. She will need to supervise everything! That will never change :-) you are a fine human!
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[User Picture]From: dmmccabe
2015-02-11 12:14 am (UTC)
Oh, thanks so much! :D *grin* I have really enjoyed reading about Rusketus's misadventures. I'm sure it's much funnier to read about. ;-)

I started teaching her pretty much the same way I've trained parakeets - both are quite intelligent animals so they learn fast. When she climbed on places I don't want her, I would firmly say 'No, No, get down,' then put her on the floor and praise her and pet her for being down. I also petted and praised her in all the OK places too, so she knows where it's safe to be. After two weeks, she knows the phrase and minds it quite well, getting down by herself right away when I say it. Most of the places, she has not continued to try to climb on. And having said that, I admit I'm surprised it worked so well - after all this is a cat. So we'll see... ;-) It probably helps that we don't have other animals or children (ours are grown and moved out), so the house is a safe and calm place overall. LOL - yes - every room now has a big empty box or a brown bag or cat toys - and I spent most of Saturday clearing and cleaning (OMG - the dust bunnies I found!) shelves under the coffee tables and end tables etc., which were wonderful kitty hiding spaces that she had found right away. The collar with a bell was one of the first things I got, because otherwise we had no idea where she was half the time! Now she does come when you call her, so that's less of an issue. She accidently got herself closed up in the laundry room one day last week and I couldn't find her. Then I started calling her and she actually answered me. Zoe! Mrow? Zoe! Mrow! She kept it up until I was able to track where she was and let her out. Amazing! I'm beginning to suspect this is a very smart cat.

Thanks for all the great advice! I'm glad it seems I'm kinda doing the right stuff! ^.^
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[User Picture]From: zeitgeistic
2015-02-03 02:22 am (UTC)
oh my god this post just made my whole evening. Zoe is beautiful! She reminds me of my first cat with her black calico coat. I'm SO GLAD she came to you before those bulldozers showed up.
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[User Picture]From: dmmccabe
2015-02-03 04:42 am (UTC)
Aw, that's so awesome that she reminds you of your first cat. I love the calico or tortoiseshell coloring in cats and the little white feet. ^.^ I'm SO GLAD too, that she came to me so quickly, and just in time. I was horrified the next day when I saw what might have happened.
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[User Picture]From: dark0feenix
2015-02-05 08:02 pm (UTC)
Awww kitten!!! <333

The story is quite sad though and I wonder what happened to the poor mom. Luckily the kitten is safe with you guys. What's her name? :)
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[User Picture]From: dmmccabe
2015-02-05 11:04 pm (UTC)
Yeah, we're keeping an eye out for the mom, but after all the trucks and bulldozers were there, I'm afraid she's probably run off to somewhere safer. Luckily, the kitten knew to come to me right away and didn't get scared away and lost. Her name is Zoe. :)
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[User Picture]From: kitty_fic
2015-02-21 04:12 am (UTC)
Aww! What a beauty! <3
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[User Picture]From: dmmccabe
2015-03-02 05:41 pm (UTC)
Thank you, hon!! <333 (Sorry for such a slow reply - we've had to kitten-safe the house and OMG were we ever not kitten-safe. It's been pretty crazy!)
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