Look at this handsome devil:
Poor guy has had quite a journey. This is the second time he’s been returned to TCR, neither time his fault (or anyone else’s). The first time his adopter had/developed allergies. This second time, the resident cat at his new home didn’t like him — really didn’t like him. It happens. The good news for us is that he got along fine with the cats in his previous foster home.
His most recent people dropped him off to me. They clearly were not happy about it but it’s better for everyone’s — including the humans’ — stress levels. And they very kindly brought all kinds of support equipment with him; food, toys, a scratcher, even a “tree”!
When he arrived I put him in the bathroom for his introduction quarantine. (The kittens are still in the foster room.) When I found out that he’d been confined quite a bit in his previous home I decided I’d try and speed up his introduction, especially given his past history of getting along plus the discovery that last month he’d started over-grooming from stress.
The next morning I let him out to see what would happen. What happened is that Chaz had learned in his previous home that the best defense is a good offense. And again, the resident cats surprised and impressed me. They seemed to get it. He would hiss and hiss and they would just sit and look at him. (Except one time when Jonesy got a little too forward with some butt-sniffing and there were a couple of swipes exchanged.
Murphy, in particular, seemed keen on making friends! In just a couple of hours, everyone seemed fine. Not 100% relaxed, and not friends, but a healthy detente was achieved!
I’ll have to make an effort to get some good photos of him and get him posted. Let’s hope the third time’s the charm and he’s in his forever home in no time.