All Pussy…All The Time

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Guys…last night we found a young cat who appears stray, just as a dust storm was coming…soooo, now, I seem to own a cat. While I’ve certainly been around cats, I’ve never even considered owning one, so this creature in my house, is no less baffling and exotic to me, as if I had taken in a fully grown Rhino.

I apologize for what will surely be WEEKS of cat posts.

Me: Guess who didn’t sleep a wink last night!  (Note: there may be more than one correct answer.)

Ryan: I’m guessing the cat, your daughter, and YOU!

Me: DING! DING! DING!

Ryan: Yay! I win! What’s my prize?

Me: A cat!!!

Ryan: I’d like an opportunity to change my answer.

43 thoughts on “All Pussy…All The Time

  1. Congratulations on the new addition to your family. Depending on the previous owner(s) — and age — will determine what sort of personality the cat has.

    And always remember, they can be trained just like dogs. It just takes as much work and dedication as raising a teenager.

      • Sometimes. Some cats react weird to new environments. Sometimes they take to it well, other times, not so much. You’ll know if it’s positive when she’s growling less in a couple of days.

      • Based on what you’re saying, it’s an adult cat that’s lived out on it’s own for a bit. So it’s confused with the new environment.

        Putting down a towel or a pet bed will help with it trying to establish “mine” in the new house.

        While not always wise to have a new adult cat free reign of the whole house, giving it a room for a couple of hours a day will help with it call somewhere as “mine” especially if you have other pets — like dogs.

      • It’s funny that you say that, because we made her a little bed, and she’s definitely claiming it. She’s also a champ with her litter box, which I find amazing. I’m used to dogs, who take time to train. She likes small spaces, but the nice thing is that she’s so terribly sweet, even if a little skittish. I felt awful having her poked and prodded today, but I wanted to make sure she was healthy.

      • Females tend to stick to smaller spaces for the comfort when they are feeling intimidated. After that though, once they learn to establish “family”; they’ll be out running the place as only they can. Best of luck with your new addition, and I’ll stay tuned for the “aww cute” pics bound to come gushing from your blog. 😀

  2. stormydreams

    Well, if she is feral she may not feel comfortable in the house. If she is not acting aggressively otherwise, it could pass as she grows more used to you.

    • She’s actually been nicely affectionate and sweet, but she’s a little skittish. I’d be super freaked out if I were her, too. Have you even met us!? INSANE ASYLUM! 🙂

      • stormydreams

        Can’t be worse than my house. Give her a few days, she will likely settle. Some years back, my daughter brought home a cat in a pillow case. She had paid her lunch money to boys that were beating a sack hanging from a tree- which held said cat. Thankfully she was smart enough not to remove the poor thing from its sack when she brought it home. I let it out in a room then closed the door (after placing a litter box, water, and food in there for her) and let her acclimate to that room FIRST – then slowly to people at her own pace and terms. We had that cat for 12 years before she crossed the Rainbow Bridge.

      • Poor, sweet thing. 😦 Some people are just fit to be sent straight to Hades.

        We have her in one bedroom, and we’ll introduce her to the dog in a few days, and then see how she does. At this point, most of the issue with her freedom is the dog. *fingers crossed*

      • stormydreams

        That can be tricky, and it will be an adjustment to both, but usually they figure out a way to coexist in peace if not become friends. You need help shoot me a message. I used to work as a volunteer for the shelter 🙂 I rehabbed abused animals of several species.

  3. barbaramullenix

    Sometimes one of mine “mock fights” and runs back and forth growling. The weird thing is that she does it by herself – my other cat makes itself scarce and we make sure our legs are out of reach. Mine are both indoor cats, so basically I spend more on cat food, kitty litter and treats than I spend on myself. Enjoy. They can be a lot of fun. Or not.

    • She’s sort of growling sometimes when she’s happy and sometimes when she’s being pissy. I don’t know if it’s just a noise she makes. Damn it…I need that guy from Discover Channel with the fucked up beard.

  4. Doug in Oakland

    Be careful- cats think that they run the place, and that you’re their servant.
    That’s how we got our cat when I was a kid; this tiny, black, ball of fluff sort of wandered up and was like “I’m here. When’s dinner?” Two years later, said ball of fluff weighed 19 pounds, and the neighbors’ white Persian cats had black and white kittens.

  5. I grew up with 12 cats.
    They suck.
    Especially if you’re the one changing the litter.
    I’m sure it’s cute and you’ll have fun with it but I’m not gonna play with that thing when I come to visit.

  6. Maybe that growl is a purr. Rescued cats seem to know they are rescued, and are grateful. BTW, is it a boy or a girl cat. I once had a kitten that growled so loudly we named it Brunhilda, until we turned it over and renamed it Rasputin. –Curt

  7. Brian

    We adopted a rescue cat about a year and a half ago. First few nights were the worst – apparently our new kitty was missing his brother. Wouldn’t shut up. Seems to have adapted well enough though. Still doesn’t like to be picked up, but outside of that is pretty affectionate – but everything is on his terms (typical cat). Was also surprised at all the different vocalizations cats use. Had been a dog person up till now, so the range of sounds a cat makes was surprising.

  8. Unexpected cat ownership is the worst! (Trust me, I’m speaking from experience). You did the right thing by taking the poor critter in though. So many others would have just left it out to suffer without a second thought.

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