It’s the truth. I lied. But not intentionally. This was just ANOTHER example of a cat proving me wrong.
I wrote about Sallie the dilute calico a couple of weeks ago. I gave the impression that Sallie was aloof. That’s because I truly believed she had become aloof over the months she has been here. She was one of a group that I recently took for spay and neuter surgeries. I moved the group into my bathroom after the surgeries so that I could watch to see that all was going well during recuperation. Sallie was the one in the group that wanted nothing to do with me. For her adoption post, I wrote that she was “not a perfectly adoptable kitty at the moment.”
When the surgery group moved back to the cathouse, I decided not to send Sallie along. Once a less-than-attached kitty moves into the cathouse, they certainly don’t become MORE people-seeking. I moved her into the cage in my office that was vacated when Sunshine and Juice moved out. Remember - Isis is still in the office and she doesn’t like other cats. (She liked Sunshine and Juice, so that worked out well. She hides and hisses when other cats are present.) I was hoping that she might like Sallie because Sallie is so young and really small. But Isis has done nothing but hiss at Sallie since Sallie has been living in the office.
However . . . there is good news. Sallie has made a complete turnaround. When I step into the office now, she jumps down from wherever she’s been and comes trotting over. She looks WAY UP (I love it when they do that!) and meows at me. I sit down on the floor and pet her. She purrs when I pet her and she comes to me. What a change.
Isis is really unhappy to have Sallie in the office. And Sallie has learned to steer clear of Isis. So this is certainly not an ideal setup. I will move Sallie back to the cathouse soon and hope for the best. But now I know that Sallie just needed some individual attention. I'm hoping she'll get PLENTY of that in a new forever home! As always, friends, help me spread the word.
This experience with Sallie has reminded me of something I have known for a while but have not recognized in the right way. Normally, I bring a cathouse kitty to my kennel office when they have to be fed a certain diet or given medicine for a while. I have now (finally) realized that this is a beautiful and consistent tool for taming. Juice became my friend when I moved him into my office. (Yes, he still went crazy when we tried to load him into a carrier, but the taming part before that had gone marvelously well.) Isis has also become my friend and companion since moving into the office. Now it’s working with Sallie. It would be nice to use this technique on ALL of the “less-adoptables” in the cathouse. It becomes much more difficult when my kennel business picks up. It’s the slow season right now, but starting in March, that will change. We’ll see. Recently, Tibby Bean and Spritz have each, on separate occasions, done something in the cathouse to make me think they are more adoptable than previously thought. Maybe a turn in the office would do each of them some good. For sure, I’ve been feeling sad for Spritz. I had an inquiry about her through Petfinder, but when I described her personality, the family declined.
I want to say something about yesterday’s post (about Victor). I could tell that some of you felt my pain. To be completely honest, it really bothered me to make the decision I did about Victor. Older Daughter reports that he is still doing great, and that helps me a lot. But your comments helped, too. I’m so very grateful to have you reading and caring - like you’ve been doing for a long time now. Thanks for traveling this road with me.
Before I close, let me share a short series of pictures. The daffodils on the bluff always show up sometime in February. But look what Husband found last weekend in January!
Have a great weekend!