Time for A New Addition, Part 3: The Precious Gift of Time

An animal is a life commitment. As discussed in our previous post, bringing a dog, cat or other animal into your life means giving them the best. This is not just for now. According to the Guinness World Records, the oldest living cat in the US is currently 31 years old! I would love to have my furry creatures in my life that long. But I also need to think about the fact that that means making decisions about moving (finding pet friendly homes), travel and more.

Another consideration of time and energy is that our household happens to be occupied by one person who is officially allergic to cats. It is an allergy that has been manageable in the past. However, it requires additional work on the part of the the non-allergic household member (me) to be extra vigilant about keeping the pet hair cleaned up. Am I ready for that kind of commitment of my time and energy?

While one of the things I love about cats is their independence, I also know that some cats want attention more than others. I love that too! Lap time, scritches, brushing, play time – all vital for a loving bond with kitty. With full time jobs, language classes, travel, we are out of the house a lot. That is one of the reasons we want two cats, but is that fair to the cats?

In terms of playtime, how much is enough? Another unanswerable question, but this article provides some guidance.

Also, the topic of travel is worth a think. Travel is important to us in our lives right now. But do we have someone who can give our furry family members the care and attention that we give them? We have had varying success over the years with friends taking on the cat care (never harming our cat, but not always up to our standards of time and attention). Having someone that would stay at our place is best, so is that available for us right now? Will it be in the future?

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More questions next week, but this time on the topic of money.

Friday Fun: The Poetry of Cats

Momma of one cat and two daughters, teacher and Alaska/Florida resident Kristin generously composed some cat poetry (two haikus and a limerick) for Cats in Tow to share this week.  Enjoy!

the cat seemed regal
sleek and agile and serene
’til the hairball came

leaping and pouncing
I will catch that shiny spot
if it takes all day

There once was a cat named Larry
He was fat and extremely hairy
He loved to be stroked
If stopped you’d get poked
As far as cats go, he was exemplary.

Friday Fun: Making a Difference for Kitties

Saturday, October 26 is Make a Difference Day, highlighting how we all can make a difference just by giving the gift of us – our time and energy.

Have you made a difference in the life of a cat?  If you have, you must have had more than your share of fun Fridays.  Cats in Tow would love to hear your story or see your photos!

Love in Many Forms (Part 7, Introducing a New Kitten)

We’ve been following the adventures of a recently-adopted, black kitten named Jeta.  Jeta came to Cats in Tow with her siblings after being found with their feral mama.  Jeta was then adopted by Phil, who was hoping she’d become part of the family and a friend to their older cat Lucy.  Phil has graciously sent Cats in Tow updates on Jeta’s progress from scared kitten to a well-loved member of the family.

Previous posts can be found by clicking on the following links: part one , part two, part three, part four, part five and part six.

“Every day is better and better.  Jeta and Lucy are absolute playmates now.  Lucy is getting exhausted from the energy Jeta is expressing with her.  Lots of cat-naps now!  Jeta has gotten far more relaxed about being touched but still takes exception to being held.  That’s OK.  Time heals all.

I give both the cats a small handful, 5-10 pieces, of crunchy treats nearly every time I go in the kitchen now. This is BECAUSE of Jeta. She started associating the kitchen with food and the treats so she goes over to her  ‘spot’, sits and waits every time I go in the kitchen! (I am very easily trained too – shh).  I started petting Jeta every time she got fed or got a treat, just a few pats on her head or neck.  Now she won’t start to eat until I pet her.  She waits for it!

She either sleeps by Lucy or by me as well.  I am often surprised to see her laying down only a foot or two from me.  I expect with time she will discover the joy of sleeping in dad’s lap like Lucy does.  It’s gonna get crowded.

Thank you again for Jeta. We love her so much.”

No need for thanks, Phil.  Your willingness to open your home to this sweet kitten was thanks enough for us!

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Making Friends (Part 6, Introducing a New Kitten)

Phil continues to keep us posted on Jeta, a beautiful black, short-haired kitten he recently adopted from Cats in Tow.  Jeta was part of a litter of kittens who were rescued from a feral life.  Phil already had an adult cat named Lucy.  He is slowly introducing the two of them, increasing the chances that they will become fast friends.

If you’ve missed the first two entries about Jeta, you can catch up here: part one, part two, part three, part four and part five.

“Jeta is playing like mad with Lucy now, and she often instigates the chasing.  Sometimes when they wrassle together Jeta is on top being ‘dominant’.  She walks over to Lucy with her tail up high, leans in and pounces.

I think that they are so awesome together now.

They love the tubes and run through the ones still on the floor like a tunnel.  I’m still trying to finish the ‘playground’.

In human relations Jeta is still skittish but every day is better.  If you walk past her she bolts only about 10% of the time.  And when I feed them I can pet her a little.

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All good for now.”

This photo may appear to be showing a bit of a stand off, but Phil writes, “Jeta was done – they ate nose-2-nose then she wandered off.”  Well done, Lucy.

More updates to come, so make sure to visit again.

Jeta Learning to Read? (Part 5, Introducing a New Kitten)

We’ve been following the adventures of a recently-adopted, black kitten named Jeta.  Jeta came to Cats in Tow with her siblings after being found with their feral mama.  Jeta was then adopted by Phil, who was hoping she’d become part of the family and a friend to their older cat Lucy.  Phil has graciously sent Cats in Tow updates on Jeta’s progress from scared kitten.  His last update really pulled at our heartstrings, but this time, he’s gone for something on the lighter side.

If you need to catch up, previous posts can be found here: part one, part two, part three and part four.

“Well there we go.

I was starting to write an email and Jeta popped up on the end table beside me and meowed.  It was easy for me to see what she wanted.  I popped her picture and she watched — to my amazement — as I typed this email.
While I don’t speak cat, I believe Jeta wants to say thank you so much.

(shhhh – she’s sleeping there now)”

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We think Phil does speak cat!  His patience and love has really brought this little kitten out of her shell.

Becoming Family (Part 4, Introducing a New Kitten)

Another Jeta post, and this one is sure to bring a smile to your face – or maybe a tear to your eye.  Jeta was adopted from Cats in Tow by Phil, who is doing an incredible job of introducing her to a new home and a new pal, Phil’s older cat Lucy.

Previous posts can be found by clicking on the following links: part one, part two and part three.

“I’ve discovered I have to carry my camera on me — when I ‘catch’ Jeta doing something cute and I go get the camera – well, it’s over.

She’s getting way braver now. She got into a chair right beside me and laid there for over an hour while I watched TV. I petted her once, and purred to her and praised her. That’s about all the attention she lets me give before she gets timid.

She is definitely following Lucy’s examples for behavior. They sleep in the bathroom or the hall or the living room together now, and they’ve started to play chase with each other – especially at 3am. Gahh!

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Other than Jeta still being a tad shy at times she has really come out of her shell. She’s an awesome kitty-cat now. If she continues to follow Lucy’s example she will become a cat-person in no time! Lucy has really pulled her weight here for Jeta. And that’s what family does.”

What an amazing family Jeta has found herself in!