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The BEST Litterbox. EVER!

Posted April 16, 2012 By LadyJai

We’ve had cats for the last twenty-two and a half years. I think we’ve tried just about every litter box out there. Well, every litter box out there before we found the Litter Free (Now called Cat Genie).

Let’s first look at the health hazards of the litter box (both for the human and the feline): [See http://rcwel.wrytestuff.com/swa33679.htm for more information]

  1. For humans the top health concern from litter boxes is Toxoplasmosis.  Toxoplasmosis is an infection caused by a tiny parasite called Toxoplasma gondii which can be found in raw or undercooked meat, unwashed fruits and vegetables, dirty cat litter boxes and outdoor soil where cat feces can be found. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) more than 60 million people in the United States may be infected with the Toxoplasma parasite(1). Fortunately, very few people ever experience any symptoms because a healthy person’s immune system usually keeps the parasite from causing illness. However, pregnant women and individuals who have compromised immune systems, such as individuals infected with the HIV virus, are at risk and should take precautions to avoid being infected by the parasite. For people in this group a Toxoplasma infection could cause serious health problems to the individual or to a pregnant woman’s unborn child.
  2. Another human toxin is E. coli. E. coli can infect humans thru contact with feline fecal material, although the primary means of infection is thru ingestion or raw or undercooked meats. E. Coli is a bacterium commonly found in the intestinal tract of humans and animals. Almost all strains of the bacteria are harmless. However a few strains can produce powerful toxins and cause severe illness, especially in children under 5 years of age(5). Symptoms usually include diarrhea and abdominal cramps. In children under 5, 2%-7% of E. coli cases can cause kidney failure. Fortunately, E. coli is easy to prevent.
  3. For cats, because they like to stay clean and they clean themselves by licking, licking their paws after use of a continuously dirty litter can cause infections. The most common is the urinary tract infection. There are other infections that can be caused by both the litter, the bacteria, and the dust.
  4. Again, for cats, some types of litter can be harmful or fatal. Clumping litters especially. Stay away from clay based litters as these can contain the mineral sodium bentonite. The corn or wheat based litters are non-toxic. I would recommend The World’s Best Cat Litter, if you don’t have the Cat Genie. Non-Clumping litters require you to wash and sanitize your litter box more often to keep the bacteria at bay. But who doesn’t use non-clumping anymore?
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We began with one cat back in 1989. GoofyKat. When he was 4, we brought home MikeyKat. He was mad at me for a year…literally! That’s one thing different between cats and dogs: Cats hold grudges. 🙂
Anyway, we didn’t start off with more than one litter box. We even tried to train the two to use the toilet. They were reluctant but we managed to get them to pee in the toilet, but never poo in it. So, we reverted back to the regular litter box. We chalked it up to them being too old.
Litter Maid

Litter Maid

We bought the Litter Maid. At the time, that was “high-class”. We noticed that they just didn’t like the box. So, we bought two, thinking it was because one cat didn’t like going after the second cat–either the smell, or the scent of the other because they just didn’t like each other very well. So we bought a third….and a fourth. Nothing would make them happy. And then we finally realized the smell.

A cat’s nose is more sensitive than ours. But when we could smell the urine, we knew that it was just not working well. The Litter Maid would rake the clumping pee and poo into a bin at the front of the box and it would sit there. It had a cover and was supposed to contain the clumps and the smell, but it never quite fit right. So the stench would leak out. We also noticed that the rakes would never rake out everything completely. The clumping litter would adhere to the bottom and the corners of the litter box. The rake was set to not touch the bottom of the litter box, so it never completely removed everything. And we just couldn’t adjust it where it needed to be to scrape the bottom. It was stinking up the litter box. And then, the smell filled the whole room.

It was horrible. Poor kitties!

We were manually scooping the litter box two or three times a day, as well as having the Litter Maid automatically go off. But there were times it just couldn’t scoop the stuff at all and it would get stuck, gears clicking and finally giving up. The poo and the pee clumps would sit in the litter box until we came in and manually scooped. That’s when we realized GoofyKat was using it too much, having pee clumps twice the size of normal clumps, and also he was peeing in inappropriate places (i.e. not the litter box). So, we took him to the vet and found out he had diabetes.

Controlling GoofyKat’s diabetes and his health was important to us, and to him. So, after years of (unsuccessful) use of the Litter Maid, we threw them away and reverted to a regular box, with regular clumping litter.  We were scooping anyway, so might as well just keep it all under control of one litter box. As with any cat owner, we dreaded this chore. The dust from the litter, the constant scooping and cleaning. Everything that goes with this chore we hated.

World's Best Cat Litter

World’s Best Cat Litter

But, we did find this amazing litter, called THE WORLD’S BEST CAT LITTER. And it really is! It’s made of ground corn husks and there is very little dust. It kept the ammonia smell down to a bare minimum, something that we really needed since GoofyKat was diabetic and caused more ammonia in his urine. It also helped keep the cats from using the bathroom elsewhere.

This was a great alternative to what we had before. But we still had to scoop. And clean. And sanitize.

A few years pass and we found this thing called Litter Free while surfing the ‘net one day. We are all for technology and making our lives simpler. And when we read about this self-cleaning litter box, did a little more investigation, we dumped the $200 on a litter box. Heck yeah! Why not? We spent $150 times 4 on those Litter Maids.

The Litter Free had washable pellets, a CPU to control when it would wash, and hose hookups. You either hooked it up to your water in your bathroom and have it expel the dirty water into the toilet with a hose that hooked on to the rim, or you could hook it up in your washroom and expel the dirty water into the drain for your washer. (I prefer the washroom hookup). It even blow dried your pellets when it was done. It was an awesome machine.

But then, they went out of business. The inventor was incredibly saddened by this because it was getting very popular. However, there were just too many investors in the stew. So, he had to stop production. The cleaning cartridges and pellets disappeared, and then the units started breaking. People were buying what they could off eBay for parts, or even a first time unit. It was still very popular. However, the inventor couldn’t continue improvements on this thing without his backer.

We had to go back to the old, manual, scooping litter box. Ugh! But at least THE WORLD’S BEST CAT LITTER made it semi-tolerable.

Cat Genie by Petnovations

Cat Genie by PetNovations

We scoured the forums and the internet in hopes of another self-washing cat litter box. Eventually the rumor starting flaring up again. And then, in 2006 the LitterFree came back into existence under the new name of Cat Genie by PetNovations.

We were one of the first people to sign up and “beta test” the new units. With the beta group we provided detailed information on what did and didn’t work. It was a vast improvement from the LitterFree. The support was wonderful. It was beautiful! And, we had our self-washing litter box back!

Here’s how it works:

And here’s some litter facts and why you should consider the Cat Genie. Mull it over, consider buying it. If you have to, save up for it. It is well worth the money! I highly recommend it! No cat should have to use a regular litter box again!

Cat litter…

1) is strip-mined and needs 2000 degrees of heat to process.
2) uses more energy and money for transporting than it’s worth.
3) pollutes landfills with 8 billion, non-biodegradable lbs. a year. In one year, with two cats, you buy, carry and throw away about 336 lbs. of litter. See more shocking litter facts.

You ask: why CatGenie? Ask: why not?

Why not …

1) give up buying and carrying hundreds of lbs. of litter.
2) just purchase a few cartridges of cat-safe cleaner a year.
3) stop breathing in germ-filled, smelly dust particles.
4) help save the planet and stop littering.
Have Questions? See FAQs.

We now have graduated to the CatGenie 120 and would be lost without it! 😀

LadyJai
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oxymoron

Source - Oxymoron

Oxymoron, defined by the Oxford English Dictionary, is “a figure of speech in which apparently contradictory terms appear in conjunction (e.g., faith unfaithful kept him falsely true).”

This is one of two English terms I absolutely adore. (This one because of the definition. The other, simply because I like to say it.) We’ve all heard many oxymora before.

A fine mess
Same difference
Jumbo shrimp
Military intelligence
Holy war
Fail safe
Farewell reception
New classic
Head butt
Quiet riot
Living Dead
and the list goes on….

MikeyKat

MikeyKat

But today, I would like to talk to you about my oxymoron cats (and the not-so-oxymoron).

It started out a while ago, with my MikeyKat. We rescued him from the ASPCA when he was about a year and a half old. MikeyKat was the most loving cat EVER! I would look into his eyes and see his love for me. He was my cat. He traveled the world with us. But unfortunately, he succumbed to kidney failure at the age of 14. I was devastated. I still cry for him.

*brushes tears from eyes*

At first we just thought him to be a regular grey tabby. But as we learned of the different breeds, and I found THE PERFECT LOOKING CAT, at least for me, I just knew MikeyKat was a Scottish Fold. He had the same personality of the Scottish Fold (calm, lovely temperament, loving, and not very active). He also had the same mannerisms of the Scottish Folds as well (while he never did the Buddha sit, he favored the Prairie Dog sit. He also LOVED to lay on his back, exposing his big fat belly. 🙂

MikeyKat Belly

MikeyKat Belly

So, when it was time, after we lost our first kitty to Diabetes and kidney failure at the age of 16, we wanted to start looking for a Scottish Fold to add to our family. I wanted another MikeyKat, only with folded ears! 😀

Scottish Fold

Pictured: Second Best of Breed GC, DW FOREVERSTAR SILVERY DAWN, Silver Tabby & White Shorthair Scottish Fold Male Photo: © Furrpurr

I mean, how could you NOT want one of these? Look at that face! 😀

So our quest began. We found a local breeder and befriended her at a cat show. We visited with her and her show cats for the next year. There were about two or three shows we attended before we made the plunge. At $400 for pet quality, well, we weren’t so sure we would be able to pull it off.

Over the next few months, we learned a lot about the breed. Here is what we found:

History:
Susie was the very first Scottish Fold (at least found by humans). She was a white barn cat found “at a farm near Coupar Angus in Perthshire, Scotland, in 1961. Susie’s ears had an unusual fold in their middle, making her resemble an owl. When Susie had kittens, two of them were born with folded ears, and one was acquired by William Ross, a neighboring farmer and cat-fancier. Ross registered the breed in 1966 and started to breed Scottish Fold kittens with the help of geneticist Pat Turner. Susie’s only reproducing offspring was a female Fold named Snooks who was also white; a second kitten was neutered shortly after birth. Three months after Snooks’ birth, Susie was killed by a car. All Scottish Fold cats share a common ancestry to Susie.”

What makes the ears fold?
An incomplete dominant gene is what makes the ears fold. All Scottish Fold kittens are born with straight ears. By three to four weeks of age, the ears will begin to fold. Or not. Only about 20-50% of kittens ears fold. There is no guarantee, nor method to make them fold.

Temperament:
As I said before, they are a very calm breed. They love to supervise whatever you are doing, but aren’t overly vocal about it. They have a very tiny voice. (see my example of their voice here). If you don’t have one that loves to be on you, they will always be near you. Despite their calm demeanor, they do like to play. Their playtime is in spits and spurts. But they expect you to be involved as well.

Medical Concerns:
In general, they are a low maintenance cat and can usually live on average 15 years. However, early breeding practices (fold-to-fold) produced a degenerative joint disease called Osteochondrodysplasia. Ethical breeders will only breed Fold-to-Straight. But there are still those out there trying to get the best possible chance to have a folded litter that they still breed Fold-to-Fold.

Scottish Folds who are the products of folded-ear to straight-ear breeding seldom if ever develop joint disease.

Affected Folds will usually show signs of the disease between the ages of 4 to 6 months. This disease, in its worst case, will cause the joints of the cat’s tail, ankles and knees to fuse and stiffen. A Scottish Fold with a very short thickened tail is probably affected to some extent. While this health problem is disabling, it is not life threatening. Though it cannot be cured, it can be very successfully treated.

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Sofie supervising my writing progress

Sofie supervising my writing progress

If a female cat doesn’t like the male, she can turn off her reproductive cycle. Misty had problems with her mate. Our breeder decided the best way to get her to “like” her stud was to live with him for a few months. What a stressful time it was for her, I am sure, as well as the breeders. But finally, Misty succumbed and she became pregnant. She had her litter on May 10, 2006. We kept in contact with the breeder, and when the kitties were born, we went to see them a few times. After four weeks, when not a single cat folded, she told us the next time we came over we would have the pick of the litter. When we got there, at eight weeks, they were just all so very cute, we couldn’t decide. But Sofie decided for us. Liz, the breeder, was so shocked because she never showed any personality until our son came over and started playing with her. She had picked us.

Peeking Theo

Peeking Theo

At this point, she was getting irritated at the whole breeding/showing system, the politics, and the hypocrisies. She decided she was no longer going to breed or show. This was her last litter. She couldn’t find a home for Sofie’s brother, Theodore. Liz let us have both cats for the price of one! Theo was so scared of everything. When we went to pick him up, he freaked so bad that he gave Liz some nice, deep scratches and hid under the bed. He wouldn’t come out for anything. So we had to wait a few weeks when she brought him to the cat show. It was an easier transition that way. Theo has always been our tender soul and still is a neophobe. But we wouldn’t have him any other way. 🙂

Itty Bitty - Our non-Oxymoron cat

Itty Bitty - Our non-Oxymoron cat

Last year, we added a 3rd kittie to our family. Someone on Craig’s List was looking for a home for her Scottish Fold. She didn’t want to give her up, but her other kitties were bullying her. It has been a very long, and slow process to win her over. But we finally have, I believe. While showing signs of  Osteochondrodysplasia, we are doing our best to keep her comfortable and happy.
Here is a letter I just sent to her previous owner:

It’s been one year since we picked up Itty Bitty! Amazing how much she’s changed in that year! When we first brought her home she wanted nothing to do with any of us. Now she helps me dress for work in the morning, greets me when I come home, talks to me all the while! She knows when it’s bed time and she needs no coaxing to go upstairs. she has her days with the other two, a hiss every now and again (even though Theo really wants to play) but the other two get in their spats too and they are brother and sister. Right now, as I type this, she sits in my lap. I call her name and she answers. She doesn’t sit in the lap as nearly as often as I would like. But I will take anything I can get. I knew it would be a long, slow process, but one well worth the wait. She’s happy here. So no need to worry! She’s loved and accepted. And the most important thing, she returns it all! Thank you.

I love my Oxymoron cats as much as my non-Oxymoron cat.  I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about the breed as well as about our family. I will leave you with the Scottish Fold Positions: 

 

The Buddha Sit (Theo)

The Buddha Sit (Theo)

The Crash (Sofie)

The Crash (Sofie)

Full Belly Stretch (Itty Bitty)

Full Belly Stretch (Itty Bitty)

Full Back Stretch (Itty Bitty)

Full Back Stretch (Itty Bitty)

Ping! I'm a Kitty Kat! Ping! (Theo)

Ping! I'm a Kitty Kat! Ping! (Theo)

The Cello (unknown)

The Cello (unknown) -- Sofie actually sits like this all the time, not just to clean. I just can't get the picture. 🙂

LadyJai

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Everyone Should Have A Pet

Posted November 10, 2011 By Jamie Dement (LadyJai)
Source: http://www.dogcatbird.net

Everyone should have a pet.

I grew up with dogs. We didn’t always have them, due to our living circumstances. But, when we had the opportunity for a pet, we had dogs. I like dogs as much as the next person. But what I always found fascinating were cats.

Both my parents hated cats.

My mother had a dog when she was pregnant with me–a little miniature Dauchsund. I don’t remember anything of it but my mom tells me I would always pull it’s tail as a toddler. I don’t know whatever happened to that dog when my father received orders for Germany. But I could warrant a guess based on my history with him and dogs.

We had to give him away.

After we returned to the states, we got another dog. Although my dad surprised me with it, Dusty became his hunting dog–his tool. Although he was never allowed in the house, I spent a lot of time with him. I loved him like he was part of the family.And then, my father came down on orders for England.

The military would not pay to move a pet, and the amount of time and money we would have to pay to keep him in quarantine–my father would have none of it. My father has only ever considered animals as just that–animals. They have their purpose but it’s never a part of the family. Mom, well, she just sees more of a mess she has to clean up. Me, my heart always attached to them. Dusty was really the first one. I hated leaving him behind with one of my father’s friends. And spending 4 years without a pet ended up being lonely.

Maybe it’s because I am an only child I grow attached to them so easily.

When we got back to the states again, my parents decided to get a Cocker Spaniel AND a Cockatiel. Again, our dog was a tool. She was sent out for breeding purposes. But at least she was allowed in the house now; although Mom confined her to a certain part of the house. And, again I went out of my way to include her in my life.

The bird, was just a bird. He remained in the cage most of the time, with occasional outs. But I think he grew on my parents more than any of our previous pets. After I left home, my parents gave away the dog but kept the bird.

He lasted nearly 20 years.

As for me, the day I moved out of my parents house, my husband and I went to the SPCA and got our first pet–an 8 week old kitten!

GoofyKat was our first child (he had the wrong name nearly the whole time, until our son renamed him). We saved him a couple of days after we were married. We happened to go to the SPCA and just as we did, someone brought in a box of kittens. Jamie wandered over and took a peek. She opened up the door, and the first one to wander out was the one we took home. Jamie said he was the bravest of them all. Boy, were we surprised! StupidKat is black with a white belly and all four paws. So, his name started out to be Mittens. But, as time progressed and he did all the silly little things a kitten did, we kept saying “Man, what a stupid cat!” And it just stuck. He will NOT answer to mittens. He only comes when we call him by his name–StupidKat. He learned to play fetch. He loved to climb up people. But the silliest thing of all–he played, what we called puss-n-boots. StupidKat has foam golf balls. He used to put them in Anthony’s Army boots. Then he would stick his head all the way in the boots and bat at the out side of the boot like he was playing with the ball. Then, he would pull his head out and put his paw in the boot. And the whole process would repeat. Every time we witnessed this all we could hear was StupidKat saying to himself “I can see the ball, but can’t feel it. Then, I can feel it and not see it. What’s going on!” You tell me that’s not a stupid cat!

After a couple years, we decided he needed a “friend”. We went back to the SPCA and brought home another cat we completely fell in love with.

MikeyKat got his name in about an hour from the time we got him home! It was about lunch time and Anthony made a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. The grey cat just looked at him crooked and begged. So, Anthony offered it to him. The grey cat not only sniffed and nibbled it; but, once he caught a whiff of that peanut butter, he snatched the entire sandwich out of Anthony’s hand and RAN! About an hour later, we had chocolate cake and the cat did the same thing. So we set up an experiment to see what he DID NOT eat. Wasn’t much! He seems to like peanut butter the best, then chocolate. He eats vegetable oil, pickles and coffee grounds (found one morning when the trash was knocked over and the grounds were nearly gone), he practically eats everything (hence the name–Mikey) We discovered he will not eat anything he cannot smell–i.e. plain yogurt and sour cream. So, needless to say, he has gained quite a few pounds since we first got him.

Jan 16 2006, we took our oldest cat (GoofyKat, 16) to the vet. His insulin will be discontinued and we wanted to get a new prescription. Well, before the blood work came back, the vet offered us a new insulin along with a diet of prescription food (much like the Atkins diet). We would have to make the transition over the next couple of months. After the blood work came back, however, things didn’t look so good. His blood sugar levels were actually quite good (212). But there were about 5 or 6 different things that came back very wrong in his blood. He had kidney failure. The vet gave us some options, but had little hope. Because he’s diabetic most of the treatment for liver failure would actually end up hurting his sugar levels. And, if we continued with the new insulin and diet, it could aggravate and speed up his kidney failure. We could also do dialysis and clean out his kidney. Nothing is guaranteed and the added diabetes complicates things even more. The vet also said we could just take him home, change nothing, and spoil the heck out of him these next few months. He’s 16. He was our first baby. We got him a few days after we got married. This is so hard. It’s going to be even harder when he gets so sick we cannot help him and will have to put him down.

GoofyKat passed over the Rainbow Bridge, 19 Apr 2006 at 2:30pm.

He crashed hard on that Monday. He refused to eat or drink. He couldn’t walk anymore. He had been hiding. And when he did come out, he would not move, raise his head or anything. We knew it was time. We tried everything that night to bring him back. We’ve had him refuse to eat before and brought him back with canned tuna, salmon and chicken. But not this time. This time he refused all the good stuff. We knew. We went to go take him in to end his suffering, but it was after-hours and it was an additional $100. Unfortunately, we couldn’t afford this so we tried to make him as comfortable as possible on Monday night. We stayed up with him most of the night. We had to break the needle off his insulin needles to force water in his mouth. He was so dehydrated. I had to go to work, which was really hard being up most of the night. I had a hard time driving. DH, took a nap. And then, later, he took GoofyKat to our Vet, who agreed it was time.

When I came home from work, there Anthony sat on the couch, next to the cat carrier. GoofyKat was inside, wrapped in his quilt I made him when he was a kitten. He is buried in that too. It is so sad. We had him for 16.5 years. He was our first baby. And Joshua didn’t understand. How can you expect a 3 year old to understand?! Though, he did try to comfort us. The words out of his mouth last night were amazing. “It’s ok. He’s safe with God now”.

It wasn’t even a year later when it was Mikey’s turn.

Within 3 weeks, MikeyKat went from 17 lbs to 11lbs. He wasn’t eating, he couldn’t walk. He was sleeping too much, hiding and such. At first we contributed it to his hearing loss. But, when he stopped eating….and Mikey never turned down food….that’s when we knew something was horribly wrong. When I took him to the vet yesterday, his temp was 96 and the vet did the blood work. His test came back renal failure. The vet said with his temperature the way it was and how he was acting, he didn’t have much longer. I brought him home and spent one last night with him….my MikeyKat….and now, I don’t have him anymore. He loved everyone, unconditionally.

To this day, I still call out for him. On occasion, I call one of my other cat’s his name, sort of a Freudian slip. Little things Theo does reminds me of him. I still cry for him.

Both of these cats were a part of the family. They were our first children. So much so, they went on vacation with us and even moved when we moved. They went from Virginia, to Germany, to Texas, and finally Florida. They were worldly. And they were loved.
I refuse to come home to an empty house, with no cats! We now have 3 more!
Sofius-Katus Ear-NonFoldus
We knew we wanted to get a Scottish Fold. We had seen them so much at Cat Shows, researching their personality and their character. Besides a true folded fold is so adorable! After much research we had determined that MikeyKat was really a non-folded Fold. When we decided to get another cat, after GoofyKat passed, we looked around for a Scottish Fold Breeder in our area. There was a breeder about 80 miles from us that we see each year at the Cat Show. Luckily, we found on closer, in our home town. Ironically, she and Linnea (the one 80 miles from us) were corroborating together.  Lizz did not have a litter at this time, but she was working with Linnea . She had paired up one of her girls to one of Linnea’s boys and was hoping within a few months to be expecting. It didn’t take long, thankfully, and on May 10th, a litter was born. Of course, the breeder gets first pick and Liz wanted to see how many, if any, folded back down. Nine weeks went by and unfortunately,   not a single kitten’s ears folded.
When we went to visit Lizz and her kittens, it was amazing. Joshua was trying to get all the kittens to play with him with string and balls. It was only Sofie who pounced out from her hiding place to attack the little pop pom Joshua has just threw. It scared him so bad he squealed. Lizz was so flabbergasted. She said Sofie was the only one in the litter who did not have a personality. Apparently, she was waiting until her human came so she could shine! She picked Joshua that day. And every night she watches over him from somewhere in his room. When she thinks he needs to be awake, she will head butt him or stuff her whiskers up his nose. She puts up with so much from such a rambunctious little boy. She is definitely his kitty, and he is definitely her human. But now, she’s come around to Anthony! He is now her favorite pillow! 🙂
They are our Oxymoron Cats. 🙂 Non-Folded Scottish Folds.
Theo-Katus Ear Non-Foldus
Theo came from the same litter as Sofie. He is our tender soul.  It was such a sweet gesture when Lizz said we could take him along with his sister. But when we came to pick them both up, Theo freaked so bad he tore Lizz up. We were so afraid he would not work out. But we were determined to make it work. We met on neutral ground the second time. Lizz brought him to the cat show with her and he stayed in his carrier. We met her there and did a quick change up and brought him home. It wasn’t as bad as the last time. When we got home, we just opened the door to the carrier and let him come out on his own terms. He had been without his sister for a week or so. Lizz had said when she left, he cried for her every night. But when he saw her at our house, it was like he didn’t remember her. After a few hours, Theo had ventured out and made his way to his “safe spot” in our room. It didn’t take too long for him to get used to us, but he freaked at any sudden movement. I don’t think he really likes Joshua much. 🙂
It’s been a few years now, and Theo has warmed nicely to us. He’s not a lap cat, he doesn’t like to be picked up much, and he still freaks at any loud noise. But he is such a loving cat. He has such a tender soul. We love him and will take care of him forever.
We saved Itty Bitty from a house full of bully cats. She’s a Folded Fold, but the physical characteristics make her look more like a regular American Domestic Short Hair with mutated ears.

Itty Bitty

We got her in March, and she was so skittish–worse than Theo. Poor baby! It has taken her from March until now to finally warming up to us. Sometimes she will tolerate the others. But there are times she will  hiss at them still. I am not certain if she will ever completely accept them, even though Theo and Sofie attempt to play with her from time to time. But, she is safe from the bully cats. And she is well loved.

We love all of our cats. And they are a part of the family. Not tools. Not animals left outside.

Family!

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