Finally, after a few days of chaos*, my two new charges have arrived. And they’re not who I was expecting — of course!
Tabitha is a two-year-old brown tabby. I don’t know her story, only that she’s been transferred from another foster. She is extremely timid — so much so that she won’t eat. And multiple transfers (she also spent some time at the vet yesterday) haven’t helped. She’s been hiding under the desk since she arrived, except for a brief appearance at the window while I was returning her carrier to the driver. I think she was talking to Murphy (they were nose-to-nose at the glass) but she disappeared as soon as she saw me. I sat and read to her for a while, but didn’t even try to look at her. Overnight she ate some treats I left out and used the litter box. I’ll take it.
Sweet little no name is only seven weeks old and has a bad URI. They suspect calicivirus because she has mouth sores. She’s also timid, but not nearly as bad. She hisses when you come near or pick her up, but doesn’t fight being held — even purred for me. She’s very good about taking her medications (two) but she’s very watchful and clearly not relaxed. I’m hoping the next few days change that. She didn’t quite get the hang of the litter box, but thoughtfully used the bathtub, at least. I’m hoping it was just that she didn’t like the litter I used and have tried something different for today.
I’m hoping this will be a dramatic “before” photo:
I’ll just have to see what a few days of medicine, good food, and a warm bed will do.
* not only is TCR dealing with the shutdown of one of the city’s shelters, the Humane Society called us in on what sounds like a hoarding situation. They’re having to remove 60 cats from “deplorable” conditions. And then, of course, there’s our usual load! There’s an emergency call for foster homes — even short term — if you, or anyone you know, are interested. See Toronto Cat Rescue.