Tuesday, May 16, 2017

All about the cat

It has been 6 weeks now since I brought BeeBee-Ate home. I have been in paroxysms of anxiety because she was spending so much time under the bed. She would be super affectionate, and then something would give her a fright and she'd be off again.

I secretly wanted a lap cat, but the only time she sleeps on me is at night. That said, she shoots into the bedroom as soon as I'm under the covers and drapes herself across my legs. She's had a couple of nights of cat crazies on the bed, but she seems to have come to terms with the fact that I'm not going to get up and join her, so she goes and has the crazies somewhere else. She also sat next to me on the couch a couple of times while I was reading, so she might be a lap cat one day, but it is also okay if she just wants to be ornamental.

She is still very interested in eating, I've got her eating mainly wet food, a combination of raw meat, bones and organs and tinned food. She still wants the dry crunchies, but doesn't seem so desperately hungry anymore.

Her confidence seems to have leaped ahead in the last couple of days and she now comes and mugs you at the door when you get home for cat cuddles (rather than hiding under the bed) and she really leans in to the scritches. She has also conquered her fear of the clothes horse and has added pulling down socks to her list of fun activities. The other night when something gave her a fright she went and hid on the bed rather than under it!

She has so much energy for games and goes tearing up and down the rug in the corridor, playing with her toys, leaping and twisting in the air.





Saturday, April 29, 2017

BeeBee-Ate

Three weeks ago, I went to visit Bendigo RSPCA because they had a little orange cat who looked just like the cat I grew up with.

She originally came in to the RSPCA 6 months ago with a litter of kittens and they thought she was just over a year old. Her kittens were adopted quickly, and she went to a woman with Jack Russells.

The woman with Jack Russells had her for about 4 months and then returned her to the RSPCA because she was terrified of the dogs.

The RSPCA listed her as a year old again and she was there for another month. She's a bit stand offish to start with, so maybe that's why no one wanted her. She does that semi-feral thing where she gets used to you and is all snuggly, then freaks out a bit and needs to be off on her own. She does seem to be getting braver, but it seems like she'll always be a bit timid. She doesn't seem to be very confident in her own body, unsure about jumping onto things and balancing, but we are doing a gentle exercise program that will hopefully make her a bit more comfortable.

She is constantly hungry/asking for food, but she is not too loud about it. I've made her puzzle feeders and hide bits of dry food around the place for her to hunt for to try and convince her to slow down eating and not be so obsessive. Early days, right?

It turns out I'm a tiny bit allergic to her, but it's not that bad and it doesn't seem to be getting worse, so I'm just going to ignore it and hope it goes away.