Archive for the ‘The Kitty Chronicles’ Category

Long time no see. Sorry for the recent lack of updates, but life has been a real whirlwind for us lately. We recently moved into a bigger/nicer place, and to update the Kitty Chronicles, all the kitties (and Ozzy!) have been getting along wonderfully. No more separating the cats to avoid rage-fueled mini-tornadoes of fur and teeth and claws. 🙂

Unfortunately, with this good news comes some hard news. Jack, our resident senior kitty, isn’t going to be with us for much longer. The vet told us he didn’t have much time left, and for us to watch for a decline in his quality of life, and unfortunately that time has come. We made a difficult (but what we view as the most humane) decision, and have made an appointment with the vet to have him peacefully put to sleep. He will be missed dearly, and things just won’t be the same without him.

It has been a very emotional process, but today as I broke down, I had two fuzzy friends to help lift my spirits. I was sitting on the floor and just started sobbing when Ozzy and Bailey quickly took notice. Ozzy was immediately at my side, resting his paw on my leg and offering comfort. Bailey slid under the kitchen chairs a moment later and joined me at my other side. They both stayed with me until I had finished crying and pulled myself together, and even then Ozzy wouldn’t budge until he was 100% sure I was alright. It was such a sweet moment, and honestly at that point in time, I don’t think anything else could have cheered me up more. It really goes to show that sometimes you don’t need to say anything to comfort someone, you just have to be there.

We haven’t posted anything in this section of the blog in awhile. Reason being, it was extremely slow going introducing 2 cats who were already used to each other to a different cat. We kept them separated for quite some time since their very first accidental meeting went so terribly. See here.

We took the advice of a friend experienced in introducing cats and kept them separated but let them get used to each other’s scents for several months. After that, it was time to just let them all out together and see what happened. They would just have to work it out among themselves.

Today was the day to see if there were be a furry massacre or not.

There was one hiss from Zelda and that was that. Everyone found their personal sunning spots and commenced napping.

Bailey is the cat closest to the camera and Zelda is in the back.

Bailey is the cat closest to the camera and Zelda is in the back.

So we’re still taking it rather slowly getting the cats used to each other, but a small bit of progress has been made. Jack and Zelda can now be in the same room without anyone going into kitty-kill mode, though Zelda still lets it be known she is displeased by growling at Jack. This is a welcomed change compared to the explosion of hatred that had preciously ensued between Zelda and Bailey.

Of all three of the cats, Jack is by far the least …catty (pun totally intended).

"What's with all the drama, ladies?"

“What’s with all the drama, ladies?”

We’re hoping to start re-introducing Zelda and Bailey in a more controlled manner soon. So we’ll keep you guys posted of any further progress in the kitty chronicles. 🙂

So the first week after our very eventful accidental introductions of the kitties, things have been quiet for the most part. We’ve kept the kittens separated successfully.

We did let Jack out by himself to meet Zelda and there was a lot of grumbling and growling on Zelda’s part but that was it.

Ozzy has met the two new kitties (Jack and Bailey) and thought he had two new buddies to play with. This freaks them out a bit but Ozzy is gentle so we think eventually they’ll be okay with one another. Once the new cat smell wears off Ozzy probably won’t even care anymore.

We also introduced Ozzy and Dani’s guinea pig Kirby, which was the best introduction thus far. Ozzy even gives Kirby cute little kisses.

"Why won't the little kitties play with me?"

“Why won’t the little kitties play with me?”

~Ashleigh

The Kitty Chronicles:

Well, we did it. We finally moved in together. And although we both know each other very well, our cats are a completely different story. With Ashleigh owning Zelda and my husband and I owning Jack and Bailey, we knew it would be a challenge introducing them. My husband had owned his cat Jack well before we had even met each other. He’d raised him since he was a kitten and we decided a little over a year ago to get Jack a companion, which we adopted in the form of a chubby girl cat named Bailey. The two did the typical angry cat dance of hatred that most cats seem to do involving plenty of growling and hissing, but no actual contact was made. After a little while they became really close and Bailey even took on the adorable responsibility of grooming Jack.

Jack

Jack

Bailey

Bailey

Ashleigh has had her cat Zelda for four years. Zelda had been introduced to other cats before as well, even being buddies with a male cat. However we decided to attempt to make introductions slowly to stress the cats out as little as possible.

Zelda

Zelda

This is where we decided to chronicle our adventure in introducing two familiar cats to one unfamiliar cat with her territory already set.

 

DAY ONE:

Before we could try to slowly introduce the cats after they had become somewhat familiar with one another’s scents, Zelda seized the opportunity to slip through an open door and kamikaze Bailey as she had just arrived. What ensued was a screeching, snarling, snorting ball of furry hatred. Being followed by three yelling people attempting to get hold of one cat to separate them. Needless to say, things did not start off as planned.

From here forward (for about the next week) we’re going to keep them completely separated and switching out who is free to roam the apartment so that they become better acquainted with their environment and all their smells. Then we plan to separate them in cat crates facing each other across the room so that they get used to the sight of each other. Then we’ll slowly move the crates progressively closer until they are not as hostile toward one another before we attempt to take them out of the crates for real one on one time.

 

This is the plan we have. We’ll see how the kitties render it in THE KITTY CHRONICLES.

~Dani