Hopefully this is a nice change of pace, and it's been awhile since I had something solid to report.
Teia, our rescue kitty, has been with us for 10 1/2 months now. She still spends the vast majority of her time in the spare room, but the door is open 24/7 and Hildiekatt is a regular visitor.
She and Teia take all their meals together. Hildie will nap up on the bed, while Teia will lay on the floor; both at the foot.
Teia is also getting used to seeing Kestrel, who makes very short, "Oh, that cat is still here," visits. Chesapeake is not welcome; Teia hisses and growls at her. It's Chessie's fault, really; she has no idea of how to approach in a calm, social manner. Chessie is just so "Here I am;" Kessie's the only other kitty in the house who likes her some.
Z'bignewz!!! I picked up and cuddled Miss Teia today, only a few minutes as I didn't want her to get stressed at the experience...but, from what her past has been described to us as...this is quite likely the first time in her life she's been picked up strictly for some petting.
She did purr and didn't squiggle. After I put her down, chow time, some nice seafood and rice canned glick. (Kinda makes that noise as you spoon it onto the plate ,-)
This morning I go in to bring Hildie and Teia their breakfast. Miss "usually sleeps under the bureau" emerges from the closet. Looks like the little so and so has figured out how to pop open the bi-fold door. She seem to have been nesting atop a couple of the spare pillows.
Oh, yes....we sure did need some good news on here! = )
Teia is so lucky to have a great home with you! It sounded like she was socially neglected in her other home-she probably got fed, etc. But, my gut tells me that that was all she probably got from her other owners. I bet she didn't get much human contact at all, but luckily she's getting that now.
She's really come a LONG way. I bet you'll see even more improvements in the future!
Take care, Pip! And, know that lots of us here love hearing your Teia stories!
What a great update!!! I'm so excited for you. That was truly a special moment!
Looks like Teia's starting to feel comfortable enough to share her true talents, hahaha. You might remember, Jade was older when we got her and it's taken years for her true personality to come out. Our girls know they can finally relax and be themselves :)
Last night I decided to sleep on the spare bed again...woke up about midnight and Teia was on my chest purring softly. I reached up to pet her and she spent about 10 minutes grooming my hand. =)
After she was satisfied it was clean, she accepted petting for another 10 minutes or so and then moved to lay across my legs...she was still there when "nature's call" woke me up at 4.
She's still not a lap cat and complained after half a minute when I picked her up again on Thursday, but she has come a very long way from the cat who hid behind the commode in our master bath...
And yes, I do think that the previous folks basically gave her a place to stay and just fed her without any attempt at socialization.
I can imagine what Teia would be like if the reverse had happened as her temperment is quite like that of another rescue we did years ago.
Cerridwen (who is in my kitty picture album) literally came in from the cold. She was about 4 years old and I saw her sheltering in the window well at the back of our house (we lived in Nebraska at the time).
We were coming out of 10 days of sub-zero weather. I put a blanket and dry food out for her, gained her trust and brought her into the cellar. Took her to the vet for a checkup before introducing her into the house. I though some as&^%le had thrown out a de-clawed cat; her forepaws were stubby. Vet said her paws were fine and from a physical exam, determined she had likely just weaned off kittens, a couple of which I saw in the spring.
Cerri was very sweet and the other cats (Queen Victoria, Calamity Jane and Dancer) accepted her very quickly.
Glad to hearing from you and Teia!
Loreena didnt have many problems when arrived,cos she was very young (something tells me she had already lived in a house cos she wanted enter home)
But she took a long time to close her eyes while patted - she always accept the head touch but keeping her eyes WIDE OPEN! :-)
Uploaded 3 new pictures; Miss Teia let me pick her up when I got home from work this afternoon and hold her long enough for Anita to get a few snaps...really got into getting her head and ears scratched, buzzed up a storm.
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