Below is another update from Phil who recently adopted Jeta from Cats in Tow. If you missed the first part, you can read it here. Phil already had a cat named Lucy, but he is patiently bringing the new friends together.
“Jeta was really awesome last night. So was Lucy. I did the carrier-on-the-table and they met. That didn’t last long, but it was a good meeting.
[Suggestion from Cats in Tow: when introducing a new cat, put them in a cage or a carrier – cage should be big enough to allow movement and litter box access or a carrier for short periods of time. Put the cage in a high-traffic area of the house. They’ll be safe but can get used to the sights, smell, sounds and rhythms of the home.]
I took Jeta out and held her in the cat bed she uses while I put her carrier on the floor. Lucy explored the carrier inside and out after that. Jeta got a relaxing tummy rub in my lap in the cat bed. After a couple hours in my lap she started looking around. Her ears are all perked up now. That’s a good sign to me. And when she laid down again for me to rub her belly more she wrapped her leg and tail around my wrist. This was big — she was keeping her tail tucked under her before. The tip of her tail started to wag back and forth slowly as she was purring. It was a hugely awesome evening.
This morning she got up and ate in front of me when I brought in her food. I did have to pick her up and bring her to it but she stayed and ate. Another first.
Oh – and she’s been using the litter box since day one. I’m very happy for her. We are well on the way to being a happy cat family. Thanks again for the wonderful bundle of joy.”