well for that huge a price diff I would sure consider giving mama a loving home, remember these queens have lived their entire life in a cage giving birth and nursing....they deserve so much more..
just will take her and you're other kitties some time to adjust to one another..-)
I'm with Opus on this...giving a loving home to a retired Queen would be a wonderful experience.
You'll likely have to re-socialize her, like I did with Teia, but it won;t be nearly so long a process as I would think these kitties had been well-treated.
i'm a pro at blending in a new kit but have no experience w/a new adult. I'm sure these queens aren't mistreated like in puppy mills-you can go look at them in their environment and meet them if you wish-they all look wonderful!! Naturally I'd take them all if I could!! Did Teia have her own room at first? What I normally do w/a new kit is keep him in the carrier during the day then when we get home @ night let them out and carefully supervise as everyone gets to know eachother and you can tell when the kit is big enough to stay out and when everyone is friends and no one feels threatened or like the new guy is our new "favorite". I'd sure love to give a forever home to one of these gals!
For the 1st several days Teia was hunkered down behind the commode in the water closet of our master bath or in her carrier, which was by the door to the water closet, save for eating, drinking or using the litter box.
One day we did not see her in there and found her under the headboard (its a book case about 10 inches deep) of the bed in the guest room.
We would close the door while we slept or were both out of the house. After a couple of months of this, I hit upon the idea of keeping the door open, but putting up a baby gate (all of our current crop of kitties are jump-challenged). With the baby gate, all kitties could see each other and Teia gained confidence about seeing other cats as members of her household, not enemies.
There has been no use of the gate for over a year, not even when we were gone for 2 weeks recently and we had some friends look in on the girls every couple of days.
A couple of months ago, Teia expanded her range to include a little bit of the hallway, the master bedroom and master bath, she even took a couple of steps into my home office, which is the next room over from hers.
She still keeps to herself, save when she and Hildie eat together. This is slowly changing, as Hildie does go into Teia's room and tries to initiate social contact.
I think that it would be easier to integrate a kitty who has been well cared for and has not learned fear of people or other animals as a part of their life experience.
I'd follow the same method you use to integrate a new kitten into the house.
ok!! Sounds like some patience and common sense is whats needed. Now to get Eddie on board...
Good luck with that! (Ed, I mean). I'm with everyone else in rescuing a Queen. Poor things just living in cages, pregnant all the time...and the cost is right. These Pixie Bob's sure are darling - love your new photos.
His main objection is "we have enough cats" but I'm their caregiver (witness: I have pneumonia and told him I'm specifically NOT to change pans right now and so far he's done 1 of 3 pans 1 time) "Oh..you just need to tell me when they need to be done!" I'm sick in bed.....but I digress. I believe these queens are fixed, have their shots and are ready to go, just need some love and a great forever home, and I have plenty of love to go around, I assure you! Maybe I'll just take matters into my own hands....
That's kind of what I did when I adopted Chesapeake (http://www.medhelp.org/user_photos/show/56660?personal_page_id=40606
) from the county (by way of Petsmart). Came home and told Anita that I saw this kitten at the store that looked so much like Queen Victoria (http://www.medhelp.org/user_photos/show/56672?personal_page_id=40606
- QV would have been about 17 when this photo was taken) as a kitten. 2 days later I brought home the kitten =)
BTW, Chessie was 2 years old in that photo, got her about 6 months after Queen Victoria died.
Well, it's important to have peace in the home, so I hope your husband will be on board to adopting another cat.
We adopted Catalina from the Humane Society when she was about three years old. All her kittens, we were told, had already been adopted. I understand their personality is set already as adults and so you can see if the prospective new cat has a sweet disposition or not.
Catalina jumped on my mom's and sister's laps at the Humane Society when they sat in the rocking chair in a room full of cats. I believe she was the only cat who did that. She also jumped right into out hearts. We also knew from the start she loved to eat as she ate out of one dish, then another when food was set out for the cats.
Well-one concern IS our oldest-Spirit-who's about 12. Ed's concerned about her not wanting another cat in the house...she took to the other 2 with some time and patience. We have to watch Butters who thinks she's a youngster like him and wants to roughhouse w/her; but I'm thinking the retired queen idea will prevent all that. She's not going to want to playing bowling balls either, I would imagine-just want a nice, loving forever home-and THAT I can do. Thanks for all the support, suggestions and input!! This is something I really want to do and want to put the best thought and effort into it and not just get the animal because I can't resist one.