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Sun Jun 9, 2019, 09:53 PM

New kitties

My beloved Zaphod passed away suddenly in January at age 13 1/2 leaving his sister Trillian an only cat. We decided being a single cat household was not acceptable to today we adopted Autumn and Winter. They are 9 months old but were found as 6 month old kittens so they are really skittish. Autumn will let me pick her up but Winter is mostly to scared to let me come near her (I've managed to pet her a few times and she loves it but it is hard to get close).


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Reply New kitties (Original post)
drmeow Jun 2019 OP
ProudLib72 Jun 2019 #1
drmeow Jun 2019 #2
ProudLib72 Jun 2019 #5
drmeow Jun 2019 #19
ProudLib72 Jun 2019 #23
drmeow Jun 2019 #25
CurtEastPoint Jun 2019 #3
drmeow Jun 2019 #4
CurtEastPoint Jun 2019 #6
rusty quoin Jun 2019 #14
MLAA Jun 2019 #7
drmeow Jun 2019 #20
procon Jun 2019 #8
Bayard Jun 2019 #9
Karadeniz Jun 2019 #10
drmeow Jun 2019 #22
Capt. America Jun 2019 #11
drmeow Jun 2019 #21
KT2000 Jun 2019 #12
drmeow Jun 2019 #18
happynewyear Jun 2019 #24
drmeow Jun 2019 #26
PatrickforO Jun 2019 #13
shenmue Jun 2019 #15
Fla Dem Jun 2019 #16
drmeow Jun 2019 #17
50 Shades Of Blue Jun 2019 #27
catbyte Jun 2019 #28
drmeow Jun 2019 #29

Response to drmeow (Original post)

Sun Jun 9, 2019, 09:59 PM

1. Autumn has beautiful coloring!

So pretty!

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Response to ProudLib72 (Reply #1)

Sun Jun 9, 2019, 10:00 PM

2. Doesn't she!

And she is a little purr ball - whenever I pet her she just starts purring like mad (Winter does too but that has only happened once or twice).

You can't see it but she has a super cute line of white running up almost the center of her chin.

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Response to drmeow (Reply #2)

Sun Jun 9, 2019, 10:09 PM

5. I can't really see Winter. She seems to be hiding

But you will post follow up pictures once she has gotten over her shyness, right?

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Response to ProudLib72 (Reply #5)

Mon Jun 10, 2019, 08:44 PM

19. She cooperated a bit better tonight

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Response to drmeow (Reply #19)

Mon Jun 10, 2019, 08:51 PM

23. Oh, Winter has nice coloring too!



Thanks for the new picture!

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Response to ProudLib72 (Reply #23)

Mon Jun 10, 2019, 10:24 PM

25. We named them

Autumn and Winter because Autumn looks like fall colors and Winter looks like fall colors with a dusting of snow!

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Response to drmeow (Original post)

Sun Jun 9, 2019, 10:04 PM

3. I hope you don't mind advice...

Be patient. Sit on the floor at her level. Talk quietly. Maybe have some string to coax her.
Get some meat baby food and use your fingertip to tempt her.

Best of luck. It can be done!

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Response to CurtEastPoint (Reply #3)

Sun Jun 9, 2019, 10:08 PM

4. I know

The biggest problem right now is that Autumn gets in the way. But Autumn is finally getting more comfortable with the rest of the house so I'm going to work on Winter in a room with a closed door while Autumn is elsewhere!

She loves the Laxatone gel stuff and that's how I've often coaxed her close (this morning I did manage to pet her when I fed her).

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Response to drmeow (Reply #4)

Sun Jun 9, 2019, 10:14 PM

6. Bless you for doing this! I work w/ferals and once they are older, they are hard to calm down.

BEST WISHES!

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Response to CurtEastPoint (Reply #3)

Mon Jun 10, 2019, 12:42 AM

14. Yeah. Good advice. Patience does the job.

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Response to drmeow (Original post)

Sun Jun 9, 2019, 10:40 PM

7. They are both exquisite!

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Response to MLAA (Reply #7)

Mon Jun 10, 2019, 08:46 PM

20. Aren't they

My dad will only adopt calicos and can only tolerate long hairs so when I saw these two on the adoption site I said these are the ones! My dad will love them when he visits and will be able to tolerate them better than Trillian (who is shorthair).

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Response to drmeow (Original post)

Sun Jun 9, 2019, 10:53 PM

8. Pretty kitties!

I've gentled lots of feral kittens in my time. Most quickly settled in to the family and behaved very nicely, a couple took a little longer and had their limits about what they would tolerate.

My two little beasties are about 8 now, and came from a feral litter in a neighbor's barn. You'd never know they weren't born spoiled and pampered divas. They follow me everywhere, complaining until I sit down again and let them join me.

When they first arrived, I hand fed them for about two days in the begining, starting with baby food in a spoon, then they licked food from my finger, and finally they ate from a dish next to me. When they were eager to come to me, and I sat on the floor doling out little bits of food so they always associated me with good food, grooming and warm cuddles.

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Response to drmeow (Original post)

Sun Jun 9, 2019, 11:34 PM

9. Lovely girls!

So glad you could adopt.

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Response to drmeow (Original post)

Sun Jun 9, 2019, 11:58 PM

10. They love head rubbing with a bristle brush, then expand scratching to cheeks and throat.

They'll soon be looking forward to being touchef! They're gorgeous!

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Response to Karadeniz (Reply #10)

Mon Jun 10, 2019, 08:46 PM

22. I keep forgetting to bring the brush in here

I'll do that tonight!

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Response to drmeow (Original post)

Mon Jun 10, 2019, 12:02 AM

11. Honestly, I've never seen coloring like Autumn.

You have two precious fur babies.

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Response to Capt. America (Reply #11)

Mon Jun 10, 2019, 08:46 PM

21. She is striking!

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Response to drmeow (Original post)

Mon Jun 10, 2019, 12:07 AM

12. so cute!

and I hope Trillian is adjusting well.

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Response to KT2000 (Reply #12)

Mon Jun 10, 2019, 08:31 PM

18. She's not happy

but not acting out (still eating, using the litter box).

I've been keeping them separate for the most part but Trillian just met Winter on the stairs (2 steps away as Trillian came around the corner) and there was copious hissing and growling from her (not Winter). If she never adjusts, the house is big enough that they never have to interact - if I can convince my husband we could even make the bedroom half of the upstairs hers (4 1/2 rooms) and let Autumn and Winter have the rest of the house. Trillian spends 90% of her time up there now, anyway. I'm hoping she'll become queen bee, though.

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Response to drmeow (Reply #18)

Mon Jun 10, 2019, 08:56 PM

24. Lovely cats!

Lucky you for finding these beautiful kitties!

It will take time for them to adjust, I know.

I adopted a kitty almost 3 years ago and finally the hissing/growling/etc. is begging to stop!

It takes patience and lots of love but I can tell you have that to give!

Thank you for adopting these lovely cats!

Good job!! !!

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Response to happynewyear (Reply #24)

Mon Jun 10, 2019, 10:25 PM

26. I'm ok with the hissing and growling

as long as it doesn't turn into scratching and biting!

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Response to drmeow (Original post)

Mon Jun 10, 2019, 12:14 AM

13. Beautiful! Kittens add purpose to life.

We just adopted two kittens too. A five-cat family now.

Good for you, and wonderful for these great cats, who now can enjoy their forever home.

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Response to drmeow (Original post)

Mon Jun 10, 2019, 12:56 AM

15. Tanks fur adoptioning!



Skwee!

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Response to drmeow (Original post)

Mon Jun 10, 2019, 10:05 AM

16. Stunning babies. Thanks for letting them adopt you.

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Response to Fla Dem (Reply #16)

Mon Jun 10, 2019, 08:28 PM

17. I guess technically

Autumn has adopted me but Winter is still on the fence This evening she got jealous of the head rubbing her sister was getting and let me touch her head - there's hope!

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Response to drmeow (Original post)

Mon Jun 10, 2019, 10:27 PM

27. What beautiful girls!

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Response to drmeow (Original post)

Mon Jun 10, 2019, 10:58 PM

28. They're gorgeous! How is Trillian?

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Response to catbyte (Reply #28)

Tue Jun 11, 2019, 06:53 AM

29. See post 18 nt

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