Thursday, June 16, 2011

Welcome home Tora!

After a very traumatic drive home for the both of us (note to self: ALWAYS check the weather before you drive home in the middle of the night), Tora was all set to be introduced into her new home! Well, er... sort of.

You see, when you add a new kitten into an already established household, you have to take certain precautions. Namely quarantine.

Tora did not like quarantine.

I tried distracting her by giving her tasty treats and by staying in the room with her as much as possible, which of course caused the older cat to be confused and jealous. Anytime I left the room Tora would cry and cry and cry, and kitsa would stare at the door and hiss and hiss and hiss. Eventually they grew tired of this routine and kitsa would just give me this pleadingly baffled look as if to say "Why, mom? Just... Why?".

But I was very firm on following my instructions. The cats had to be introduced slowly, and not until I got Tora to the vet for her first check up. Her momma was a stray after all, so I wanted to be as careful as possible.

I decided to take both the cats in to the vet, since kitsa was due for her annual anyway. Boy was that an adventure in itself. You see, I only have one cat carrier, yet I had two cats to take to the vet. I ended up putting Tora in the carrier, putting on an older shirt that I usually designate for painting projects, and holding kitsa in my arms, which of course resulted in me being covered in a thick layer of fur by the end of the ordeal. Thankfully this arrangement worked out safely for everyone involved, although I'm pretty sure I'll be getting another carrier before next year's annual.

Other than that, the vet appointment went well, Tora tested negative for all the normal kitten related ailments and kitsa tested negative for all the normal old lady cat ailments. They did have to give Tora a squirt of medicine in her ears for a mite problem (eek!), but after those were taken care of, the vets said the cats were ready to meet.

Ok, so maybe Tora wasn't quite ready to meet an older cat yet, but at least she's really good at hiding!

Things went pretty well over the next few days. The girls got used to having each other around, and just the other day I saw them playing together! I found out that Tora is incredibly smart, she watches TV, youtube, and even likes to type on my computer (when she's not trying to attack it) something about keyboards must be incredibly intriguing to cats. Maybe it's the "click click" noise or the springy sensation, like a kitty style moonwalk or something.

I also discovered something rather interesting...

She likes the bathtub. She actually sits here while I take showers. The shower curtain protects her from getting soaked and she gets to be closer to mommy. (Aww!)

Perhaps it's because it was so hot those first few days, and obviously the tub would be the coolest surface in the house, what with being watered down twice a day and all. Whatever the reason, she has developed quite an affinity for this spot, as you'll see in future posts.

I also learned that this cat can climb anything. I have found her on top of the entertainment center, on top of a mattress we have leaning against the wall, she can even climb up people! Although I think we've managed to break her of that last habit.

Don't be fooled by the seeming cuteness of this photo, she was definitely considering her next plan of attack when I took it.

I found that kittens significantly combat a multitude of things such as loneliness, boredom, and financial security (Can you say booster shots?). I can already tell that she is going to deserve every penny.

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