Congratulations on Sergio and the tabby (I hope you hang in there with him -- just like people, some animals are easier than others).
I didn't think driving 1 and 1/2 hours to check out a cat was silly at all. I think animal lovers will go out of their way, and people who don't have bonds with animals would think it's silly because they don't understand.
Note to Freckles: I hope your cat is sterilized!!
P.S. to anyone concerned about how to handle stray and feral cats (both caring for them and avoiding more) -- check out this wonderful organization: Alley Cat Allies at www.alleycat.org.
I LOVE icanhascheezburger.com! Shattered, I actually wouldn't have a problem with his crazies, even if he isn't a perfect fit, if it weren't for the fact that it is hard on the baby kitten. Also, the girls will favor the baby if he can't settle down enough to get cuddles, and I worry that he will try to escape the house, too. The truth is, he would be a lovely cat for someone else, too - and there are 2 other cats I would also love to take home. I would SOOO love to have Suri and watch her and Sergio grow up, and I would also love that ginger cat, for the sake of my middle child (the one with anxiety issues) who wanted an orange cat, and for Harry, who wanted him as well. We already have one cat, we can't add 4 more!
I hear you. Some animals def. work better in some households than in others. Maybe it would be better to find him another home. Good luck!
I have two cats. One is twenty, and going strong (female, and beautiful as ever). The other is a ten-year-old boy. He's a Persian, and just got the "lion cut" for the summer. I have an amazing picture of him that I wanted to post, but I can't figure out how to do it. Hmmm.
Not even CLOSE to a mansion. We have a three bedroom, 1 bath (poor Harry) 2-story.
The tabby (he came with the name Simon) has settled down a lot. He still has his crazies, but he is also a LOVER. They are in a HUGE dog cage, with their food, litter, bed, and some toys whenever we can't be watching them to keep them near a litter box and away from power cords. When people can be in there with them (most of the time except bedtime) they get free roam of just that bedroom for now. When you first let them out of the cage, Simon will immediately yell at you and come to get his pets. He will stay there contentedly for awhile before going off to the total crazies. He is a sweetheart.
Sergio, the baby, is SOOOO adorable! Even the dogs think he is just a lovey, they both tried to lick him. The sheltie just sat and looked at him while his paw was being attacked. When it bothered him too much he just moved his paw, rather than warn him. The old cat, though, hates them both. Last night he finally stopped being mad at me for smelling like them, but he still hisses at them when they come too close. He doesn't attack them, and this morning he and Simon sniffed noses before he hissed, but he still doesn't like them. Still, after only two days, if he is already sniffing noses in the rare moments they can even be near each other I think he will be fine.
More pictures to come, and I can't wait until the girls come home on Sunday and see them!
The fact that your old cat is already sniffing noses after only two days is amazing!
When I added my young male to the two middle-aged ladies I had at the time, they hissed and swatted at him and carried on for nearly a month. (And the entire time the poor little guy basically lived behind the couch where he hid from them.)
Your household, with dogs, cats, children, and man, sounds wonderful and full of love. I so hope to have that one day.
I DO love my very full house. This is exactly the life I always wanted.
I had a very strong reaction today to realizing Suri was already claimed by another family. Yikes. I am still really downed by it. I don't think Harry realized until then how very much I had hoped we would go back for her- I don't think I did either. I hope she got a good family, at least. I wouldn't trade Sergio for her, so I try not to have any regrets.