Tuesday, June 30, 2015

We interrupt your regularly scheduled programming to bring you....A NEW CAT!

I made this blog primarily as a place to share reviews of the many books I read. As you may have guessed from the title of this blog, though, I also love cats and really animals in general. I have a wonderful cat, Felix, who has been a member of the family for almost 14 years now! Recently, I took care of a friend's cat for several days and ever since that cat left, Felix has been pretty upset. I should also note that Felix is huge. Really huge. He's not fat, and the vet agrees that he looks really healthy at about 18 pounds. Jersey, our visiting feline friend, was also a pretty large cat.

Felix & Jersey

Felix, king of the house

Sir Davos
I finally gave in to Felix's rather stinky attempts to let me know he wasn't happy and decided I should find a permanent buddy for him. Before going to the shelter I decided I wanted to find a cat close to Felix's age and size. I also needed a cat that would not only get along with Felix, but also with my dog Davos. Felix is a pretty relaxed cat, but definitely needs to be the king, and Davos is surprisingly energetic for an 8 year old dog.

At the shelter I came up with a list of eight large cats between the ages of 10 and 15 that seemed like promising new family members. After talking to the shelter staff and learning more, we narrowed this list down to four that I would visit. And in the end I came home with this handsome guy who is 14 years old and just about as large as Felix.

Before I got to meet him at the shelter, I was warned that I might not be able to spend too much time with him because of some behavior issues. Little Boy, as he was being called at the shelter, had notes in his file about hissing, biting, scratching, and just being a generally grumpy cat. The woman helping me still suggested taking a look, because he had been at the shelter longer than most other animals and she thought that might be the real cause of his problems.

Little Boy was the second cat I met and during our short visit he spent most of his time rubbing all over me and purring with a few breaks to grab some food. When I decided he was the cat for me, I had to have a mandatory meeting with a behavior specialist and was again warned about his grouchy attitude. Little Boy did great in the car and is now in the spare room in my apartment to let him adjust to his new home. He's seen the other pets and didn't seem too bothered, so I expect that he'll fit into our family very nicely. There haven't been any signs of behavior issues, and he still spends all his time with me purring and begging for attention. 

Little Boy also got a new name and is now called Oskar. This poor cat had been left at the shelter at 14 years old and was stuck there for several months because nobody wanted to give him a chance. Now Oskar has a forever home with some other furry buddies and is one of the most loving cats I have ever met!

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