As mentioned, Pete arrived on Sunday. He was NOT happy about it. Clearly he was happy where he was — king of all he surveyed (or at least of one other young, compliant cat). Here, the resident cats don’t care how much he growls and hisses. They sit and look at him as if to say, “Dude, whatever.” It enrages him. And he took it out on sweet, submissive little Baloo. 😦 He would charge her and hiss and corner her every chance he got. He was very yowl-y and kept waking me up at 4am. He went back to the vet for a re-check of his thyroid (it’s fine) and got a bunch of his matts shaved off. Either he’s feeling better or he’s afraid of another vet trip; he’s been MUCH better since then.
So Monday night Baloo was sent to our main partner store. It’s a PetSmart with a separate adoption room and lots of volunteers to help her socialization progress. She was scared, of course, but there were other kittens there to play with — eventually. They were sleeping off their dinner when we arrived. I was a little teary when I left. I HATE it when they’re scared. I haven’t heard anything since, so I’m going with “everything is ok.”
On Thursday feline Bella came back. It’s very, very sad and it’s NO ONE’s fault. It just didn’t work out and that happens sometimes. She is fine — not nearly as scared as when she first arrived — and I’ll work some more with her. She’ll be re-posted and she’ll find her forever home. The family she was with had some good suggestions on what might be better attributes in her potential home.
I am booked to head out of town for a few days. Not even the whole week — but I can’t begin to express how much I need it. I was really hoping there would be no fosters here; unfortunately that didn’t happen. I’m taking Jonesy and Murphy with me to canine Bella’s cottage. I’m being completely selfish; I will be happier with them there. They’ve been there before. Jonesy is fine with it. Murphy’s not as keen, but he’ll be fine. They like Bella well enough and I hope they’ll be happy to have me all to themselves for a few days.
My young cat sitter will come in for Pete and Bella. He’ll be great with them. I’ll just have to make sure he can pill Pete (though putting the pill in his food is an option). Who knows, maybe he’ll make progress with Bella!