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New cat...
Posted by: Sarcany
Date: June 03, 2021 11:16PM
My cat is very VERY upset at me for what I brought home tonight.

A stray walked right over to me today. A little girl-cat, black with white patches.

I've seen it around for several days.

It was clearly once someone's pet as it was pretty clean, very familiar with gestures and speech, and it allowed me to pick it up and bring it inside.

The cat was also clearly heading towards feral as it was very skittish and while purring and rubbing frantically in a manner seemingly desperate for a human-touch, it was also growling and spitting which was kind of awkward.

It's now camped out on a bed of towels in my bathroom. Seems immensely grateful to be there. Food, water, litter box.

I put up posters around the community tonight. Bringing it to the shelter tomorrow to see if it's chipped.

Not sure how permanent an addition this is even if nobody responds to the posters: My cat won't go near that side of the apartment right now and spent a good part of the evening growling and screeching under my desk without ever having seen the newcomer. Historically, she has not gotten along with other animals and I assumed that she'd be a solo act for the duration.

...I know that it can take a couple of months to acclimate them to each other if it comes to that. I've done it in the past.

This is cool: The new cat has got “mitten paws” -- a specific type of polydactyl mutation (extra digits) that makes it look like she has an opposable thumb on each front paw. Tried to take a picture, but she wouldn't stay still with her paws extended. Looked it up and it's actually a very common mutation, but I haven't seen it in-person before.

Pics tomorrow. It's been a very long and very hard day/week for me and this was a kind of weird way to cap it off.



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Re: New cat...
Posted by: Diana
Date: June 03, 2021 11:31PM
I’m looking forward to “Mittens” photo shoot! Seems like she chose you. I have a cat that came to me as a feral kitten. In fact, no one wanted him because he hissed and spat like crazy, and was considered untamable. He would start purring 30 seconds after you picked him up. Quite awkward indeed. I just laughed and didn’t let his display put me off. He now insists on lying on or with me every night.

If “Mittens” stays, I hope that she integrates well with your other furbaby. It sounds like you have things in hand.

Diana
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Re: New cat...
Posted by: bfd
Date: June 03, 2021 11:37PM
Make sure you have someone do a FIV test on her, too. And then do the vaccine right away. If she'll stay inside, the others aren't quite as critical. Keeping her away from the other cat until you have a negative FIV is important.

Good luck. Hope she found a good home. Community cats are becoming a thing, but it's not the best answer, they really need someplace to call home.
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Re: New cat...
Posted by: vision63
Date: June 04, 2021 01:27AM
It takes time. I hope you get to keep Mittens.
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Re: New cat...
Posted by: Randalls
Date: June 04, 2021 07:15AM
If you keep her you might try pheromones to help you unstress your original kitty. Good luck and thanks for caring.
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Re: New cat...
Posted by: vicrock
Date: June 04, 2021 07:23AM
One thing to do is to let them acclimate to scents - give them both a bed or towel to sleep on and then swap them out.

If she is staying, vet visit with full testing is in order - as well as vaccines - check for a spay scar - this time of year if she isn't spayed, she might be pregnant!
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Re: New cat...
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: June 04, 2021 08:01AM
.......cat scratch....fever....



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Re: New cat...
Posted by: Robert M
Date: June 04, 2021 08:45AM
Sarcany,

Check for fleas. I've dealt with strays now and again for years and fleas are all too common. Since the new kitty is a stray, it wouldn't surprise me at all if she has fleas.

Robert
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Re: New cat...
Posted by: Sarcany
Date: June 04, 2021 09:10AM
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Robert M
Sarcany,

Check for fleas. I've dealt with strays now and again for years and fleas are all too common. Since the new kitty is a stray, it wouldn't surprise me at all if she has fleas.

Yeah, I was concerned about that, too.

Not a sign of fleas so far. But that doesn't mean she didn't bring in eggs.

Will check when I get her to a vet, probably at the shelter when they check her chip. She's very appreciative of petting, but not ready for a brushing yet. She gets over-excited and nips (hard!) when I pet her for too long.

Pics... Sorry for the quality. It was hard to get her to sit still. She wants to be petted whenever she sees me.

...You can see the 5th front toe very clearly in two of them!









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Re: New cat...
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: June 04, 2021 09:21AM
A very pretty girl. Agreed with the recommendations for a vet check ASAP.

Mrs. cbelt3's mitten cat Theodore volunteered to live with us when he was a kitten. By hiding in her minivan's engine compartment and crying loudly for help. It took a while before he was healthy and fully acclimated to the life of an Indoor Cat. He refuses to even consider going outside (fenced in back yard only under human supervision).
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Re: New cat...
Posted by: rgG
Date: June 04, 2021 09:26AM
She is sooooo cute.





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Re: New cat...
Posted by: wave rider
Date: June 04, 2021 10:36AM
Congratulations on your new family member! She is a cutie!



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Re: New cat...
Posted by: hal
Date: June 04, 2021 10:54AM
sweet kitty...

oh, what the hell... I'll just post this 10 second video of wolves being awakened by thunder. Not worthy of a thread on its own, but the animal lovers here will love it...

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Re: New cat...
Posted by: Sarcany
Date: June 04, 2021 01:41PM
Original owner saw a poster.

Guess this is not going to be my next cat.



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Re: New cat...
Posted by: rgG
Date: June 04, 2021 03:15PM
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Sarcany
Original owner saw a poster.

Guess this is not going to be my next cat.

I am sure the owner is very happy.





Roswell, GA (Atlanta suburb)
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Re: New cat...
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: June 04, 2021 03:19PM
.....aw.....shucks......



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Re: New cat...
Posted by: JoeH
Date: June 04, 2021 03:21PM
Good that the cat is going back to its owner.

I've had two cats with extra toes over the years. One had the front "thumbs" on both paws with doubled claws on single digits. In the gap in between the "thumb" and "fingers" an additional claw grew without a visible digit. This left the claw growing back into the palm and not accessible easily to be trimmed. The only claws I have ever had removed from a cat were those two, vet who normally wouldn't declaw a cat agreed right away.
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Re: New cat...
Posted by: mikebw
Date: June 04, 2021 03:44PM
You done good Sarcany, real good.
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Re: New cat...
Posted by: Fritz
Date: June 04, 2021 04:11PM
it's the cute ones you have to be careful with.
sometimes they are rusky agents.
"kitti khochet obed?"
"kitti znayet Putin?



!#$@@$#!

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Re: New cat...
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: June 04, 2021 04:17PM
.....nyet.....



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Re: New cat...
Posted by: Sarcany
Date: June 04, 2021 05:11PM
Per the owner, she was out on her own for a month.

She was in great shape. Very healthy.

...Have I mentioned that I live near a bird-sanctuary?



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Re: New cat...
Posted by: wave rider
Date: June 04, 2021 06:42PM
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You done good Sarcany, real good.

agree smiley



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Re: New cat...
Posted by: PeterB
Date: June 04, 2021 08:23PM
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mikebw
You done good Sarcany, real good.

Agreed, and I think Sarcany should take this as a sign that he might want an additional feline companion. Shelter rescue perhaps? There are plenty of good kitties who need adopting. Your current kitty might actually come to appreciate the company... cats are weird that way.




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Re: New cat...
Posted by: Sarcany
Date: June 04, 2021 08:48PM
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PeterB
...I think Sarcany should take this as a sign that he might want an additional feline companion. Shelter rescue perhaps? There are plenty of good kitties who need adopting. Your current kitty might actually come to appreciate the company... cats are weird that way.

There is some hope in that regard. My cat stopped screeching at every noise from the new one after just one day. Progress!

But you've never seen a creature more pleased and relaxed as she was the moment the new cat was out the door. Right back on "her" couch.





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Re: New cat...
Posted by: PeterB
Date: June 04, 2021 09:00PM
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Sarcany
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PeterB
...I think Sarcany should take this as a sign that he might want an additional feline companion. Shelter rescue perhaps? There are plenty of good kitties who need adopting. Your current kitty might actually come to appreciate the company... cats are weird that way.

There is some hope in that regard. My cat stopped screeching at every noise from the new one after just one day. Progress!

But you've never seen a creature more pleased and relaxed as she was the moment the new cat was out the door. Right back on "her" couch.


Oooh, a tortie! That explains everything. Torties and calicos are known for their tortitude. [www.meowingtons.com]




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Re: New cat...
Posted by: deckeda
Date: June 05, 2021 07:36AM
Hmm. Cats and “gratitude.” Obviously I was unaware those two things went together, but we can thank Catbert for that.

Our 3 hang out in the barn loft for feeding, and then “go to work” out on the farm during the day. Two are older bobtail and nice. The other was a stray that never fully got unferalized (new word) —- travels farther —- but the kids did manage to catch her a time or two so that she could get spayed. When they went to pick her up they learned HE had been neutered. Didn’t make any difference to the cat, but he did also get a name change afterwards.
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Re: New cat...
Posted by: rgG
Date: June 05, 2021 09:03AM
Our Tortie was the absolute sweetest kitty, but she just tolerated her sister, as she got older. She definitely preferred to be the only kitty. More love for her alone.





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Re: New cat...
Posted by: PeterB
Date: June 05, 2021 10:55AM
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deckeda
Hmm. Cats and “gratitude.” Obviously I was unaware those two things went together, but we can thank Catbert for that.

Our 3 hang out in the barn loft for feeding, and then “go to work” out on the farm during the day. Two are older bobtail and nice. The other was a stray that never fully got unferalized (new word) —- travels farther —- but the kids did manage to catch her a time or two so that she could get spayed. When they went to pick her up they learned HE had been neutered. Didn’t make any difference to the cat, but he did also get a name change afterwards.

Ummm, it's not gratitude. Cats generally aren't grateful about anything, except when their servants bring their food, etc., and even then, it's not really gratitude, so much as satisfaction and grudging acceptance. grinning smiley




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Re: New cat...
Posted by: Blankity Blank
Date: June 05, 2021 07:12PM
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deckeda
Hmm. Cats and “gratitude.” Obviously I was unaware those two things went together, but we can thank Catbert for that.

Ummm, it's not gratitude. Cats generally aren't grateful about anything, except when their servants bring their food, etc., and even then, it's not really gratitude, so much as satisfaction and grudging acceptance. grinning smiley

[GoT]PeterB, you know nothing (of kitties)![/GoT] big grin smiley

My trio — including the meatball explosion with fur — are bundles of gratitude for all sorts of things. All head bumps and purrs and kisses for days.





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Re: New cat...
Posted by: PeterB
Date: June 05, 2021 08:34PM
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PeterB
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deckeda
Hmm. Cats and “gratitude.” Obviously I was unaware those two things went together, but we can thank Catbert for that.

Ummm, it's not gratitude. Cats generally aren't grateful about anything, except when their servants bring their food, etc., and even then, it's not really gratitude, so much as satisfaction and grudging acceptance. grinning smiley

[GoT]PeterB, you know nothing (of kitties)![/GoT] big grin smiley

My trio — including the meatball explosion with fur — are bundles of gratitude for all sorts of things. All head bumps and purrs and kisses for days.


That's just what they WANT you to think. Meanwhile, they're plotting global domination. emoticon-animal-004




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Re: New cat...
Posted by: Blankity Blank
Date: June 05, 2021 10:16PM
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Blankity Blank
[GoT]PeterB, you know nothing (of kitties)![/GoT] big grin smiley

My trio — including the meatball explosion with fur — are bundles of gratitude for all sorts of things. All head bumps and purrs and kisses for days.

That's just what they WANT you to think. Meanwhile, they're plotting global domination. emoticon-animal-004

THEY(probably) ARE NOT.





National Suicide Prevention Hotline tel:1-800-273-8255

I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.
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Re: New cat...
Posted by: PeterB
Date: June 05, 2021 11:51PM
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PeterB
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Blankity Blank
[GoT]PeterB, you know nothing (of kitties)![/GoT] big grin smiley

My trio — including the meatball explosion with fur — are bundles of gratitude for all sorts of things. All head bumps and purrs and kisses for days.

That's just what they WANT you to think. Meanwhile, they're plotting global domination. emoticon-animal-004

THEY(probably) ARE NOT.


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