Cat Blogosphere, I need you again. I have screamed for help a few times before and you guys have come through. I’m doing it again today.
We have an “issue” in the cathouse. I need to get ONE or the OTHER of these two kitties adopted ASAP. I’ve already written about various kitty personalities numerous times. But we’ve reached a critical point now. I really, really, really need help here.
Tulip is a cat who started out as one of the sweetest we’d ever met. She loved us and showed it. But when she moved into the cathouse, she was ugly to some of the other cats. We hoped this was a defense mechanism and that she would stop growling and hissing at the others when she started to feel safe. She has simply NOT adjusted to being with the other cats. She STILL growls, hisses, and pops the other kitties when they try to eat or drink out of the same bowl or play with the same toy, sometimes even when all they do is walk by her. Tulip might eventually adjust to one or two kitties in a household. Apparently, she would do best in a home with just people. The REAL problem now is that we have clapped at her and pushed her away from the victim kitties over and over. She is losing her love of people (of us) because all she ever gets now is negative feedback. We see what has started happening with her so we have changed our behavior to ignoring her when she is ugly, and just trying to give reassurance to whatever cat she has just offended. I don’t want her to start believing people are mean. I would feel SO MUCH BETTER if somebody out there would consider taking on the challenge of giving Miss Tulip a home. We are reaching the point where she might have to start living in a cage, which is no life for a cat.
She can get along with others; she just doesn't always choose to. (That's her on the right.)
The second issue is Cashmere. You might remember that Cashmere is a normal-toed sibling to our group of polydactls. She has sisters Glitter, Spritz, and Mitts in the cathouse with her now. Siblings Leo and Tuxie/Trixie went to wonderful homes. Cashmere is a shy, sweet (really sweet) cat who will do really well in a home if she is given patience and allowed to adjust at her own pace. We’ve always known Cashmere would need a special home where she would be given lots of love and time to come around. She has lived well in the cathouse - UNTIL NOW. Cashmere is majorly stressed over something - we’re not sure what. We suspect it could be Tulip. Cashmere now does only one of two things. She stays out on one of the cat decks OR she sits on top of the cage that is in the corner in Winnie’s Room. These are the only two places she will go, and she looks miserable. She is also losing weight. Because of the weight loss, I took her to the vet. She has absolutely NOTHING wrong with her physically. I kept her in a cage in my kennel office for several days just to watch her more closely. Her personality blossomed. She talked to me, rubbed on my legs, jumped onto the desk to investigate, and purred, purred, purred. Cashmere’s problem is the cathouse. Since moving her back in, she has gone back to living on that deck or on top of that cage. I feel SO sorry for her. Is there anyone out there who would take on a very sweet, but shy, Miss Cashmere?
Cat Blogosphere, you’ve done things for me before. Could you please get this out on Facebook and Twitter and anywhere else you can think of. And would you PLEASE search your own hearts. Is it possible there is someone out there reading this right now who would adopt Tulip or Cashmere?
Tomorrow is Bagheera's transport day. See you Monday.