November 13, 2008
I thought since you all were part of the Giving The Cats Away drama a few months ago, it was only fair that I share an update on how they’re both doing in their new homes.
First, Gracie. She’s doing great. Dan’s uncle sends us emails ‘from’ her, and they are seriously the cutest things I’ve ever read. He even set up an email account for her! Here’s the most recent one:
Sorry, I have not written more often but Ed’s internet connection at home has been flaky and I can only write when he is at work. (He said I could).. Well, I am getting better very very very slowly. I am really nice to Ed, he pets me and I start to purr.. :) I like to play in the basement, there are lots of places to hide and jump on. But sometimes I knock a box over, Ed said it’s no big deal but I should be careful and not get hurt. Ed said the boxes were empty and he should just throw them away. I still hiss at Libby but not as much as before. I can be in the same room as Libby but not too close. We share window sills, I use the bedroom one and Libby uses the living room one and we switch sometimes. Sometimes Ed plays with us and throws a ball and I chase it but sometimes Libby wants to chase it too and we get all confused cause we both can’t get the ball or there will be trouble.. Sometimes Ed sez I’m goofy cause I do funny things, like when I got inside some speakers the he was working on and the time I got inside the stereo cabinet and was looking at him through the glass door, I saw Libby do it and thought it would be fun. I think I like it here but it that Libby girl is hard to get to know. I thought it might be cause I’m from Cranberry and Libby is from the outside, she was an unwed mother ya know.. I’ll keep trying to be friendly…
Well that’s all for now, I’ll keep in touch.
I’m pretty sure Scotty scarred Gracie for life against other cats the way he beat her up all the time, but hopefully she’ll get adjusted to Libby eventually. She’s doing a lot better now than she was at first, a little hissing for her is normal- she hissed at Scotty daily! And she just loves Ed so that makes me happy. She’s never been a huge fan of men in our house (except for Dan), every time a man would come in the door, she would run and hide for hours. So the fact that almost immediately she warmed up to him surprised me, and I’m so glad for that.
And Scotty. He had a little more of a drastic transition, going from inside to outside when my sister’s in-laws took him. And when I say ‘inside’, I mean sleeping in our bed every night, Very Pampered Kitty inside. Now, he is outside- but Jeannie has a really nice area in the garage set up for all three cats, complete with beds and toys and scratching posts, and even a heater in the winter! So he’s not exactly roughing it. Even still though, it was tough for him at first. I think I reported in September that he was having some trouble adjusting, and that was really upsetting for me to know that. I already felt horrible and guilty, so thinking of him being scared and lonely and sad made me feel pretty horrible (Dan of course checked his feelings out about it the day we cleaned up the cat pee carpet, so he totally could care less.)
However, according to my sister (who is at her in-laws’ house a lot so she sees Scotty pretty often) he is doing much better. All three cats are getting along, and he even seems to understand that’s his home now. (There was apparently some confusion when he kept hanging out at the neighbors house!) He’s eating and playing and all that, so I’m glad to hear it. It’s been chilly at night lately and I worried about him the first few nights- like I said, he was a pretty pampered kitty for 4 years so he’s just not used to it!
So, I think (hope!) it’s safe to say that the Kitty Transfers were successful. It wasn’t an easy decision for us to make, but it was the right one. Things here are a lot less stressful (at least as far as cats running around at 4am while we try to calm down a sick and cranky kid!) and we were able to replace the peed-on carpet in the basement and start using that level the of house finally. I do miss them at times- sometimes it was nice to curl up on the couch with a purring furball- but I don’t miss the piles of cat hair or the cat pee smell in my basement. And knowing that they’re doing okay makes me miss them a little less.