Help for a cat lover!
Posted By: Wendy Coffin
Date: Tuesday, 29 July 2003, at 7:32 p.m.
It's been awhile since I last posted, mainly due to a sudden shift in life. I've recently moved, so time has gotten away from me.
To all of you who have lost your precious pets in the last month, please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you. We love them so much, and our grief can be overwhelming. Know that they are all safe and in God's loving care until you meet again. If you believe that in your heart, it makes their passing easier to bear.
Many of you have offered words of comfort to me for the past 9 months in regard to my dear Ali cat. She was my best friend for nearly 15 years, and I still miss her so much. But I was blessed to have found two new babies who have brought me great joy, and have helped my heart mend. Thankfully, Eliza and Higgins adjusted to a 700 mile move very well. Ali did that too - many times.
The day I arrived at my new place, a calico cat greeted me on the doorstep. I was told that she was a "complex cat" that everyone looked out for.
Since my babies were staying with my mom until I got settled, I befriended the little calico. I even let her in the apartment for a couple of nights, just to see if she could be an indoor kitty. Bless her little heart - she was obvoiusly thrown away by someone who didn't care enough to find a good home. She was litter trained and playful, just as sweet as she could be.
I brought my own babies home on Sunday, hoping that the three of them would bond. My two were more than willing to accept her, but she's apparently Alpha. No amount of slow introduction would move her. My Ali was the same, and the vet explained that no matter what I did, she wouldn't overcome it. In her last months, Ali "tolerated" my mom's cat, but I think it was only because she was too ill to dominate.
Granted, it's only been two days of trying to make friends among kitties, so I'll not give up. But if any of you have some advice as to how I can make this work, I'll be eternally grateful. I feel bad that I let this kitty into my home and then turned her away for fear of her fighting with my "kids". She's happy and seemingly healthy, but I worry about her roaming free. The local Cats' Cradle is full at the moment, so taking her there isn't an option.
Thanks for taking the time to read this rambling message! Any and all suggestions will be greatly appreciated.
In friendship and love for all critters,
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