Back again for advice on another urchin that has 'found' me!

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Applecrumbly Sun 01-Dec-13 14:22:02

Hi to everyone that helped me a few months ago when I found a kitten and kept it and was literally shellshocked at the madness of a new kitten ,having only ever had dogshmm.But our little Cleo is now 7 months,been spayed and we love her to bits and is much calmer(well thats what I thought until we put the xmas tree upgrin).
Last Tuesday however,I found a large tabby crying pitifully in the garden-we are rural so surrounded by fields etc) - and of course I fed her and off she went,except of course she didnt go anywhere and was back the next day and is still here.She is really friendly and keeps rubbing herself round my ankles and pushing her head into my hand to be stroked and purring etc.She seems to be very vocal,crying even when she has been fed etc.
I have made a bed for her in the woodshed,under a table and lots of blankets etc because heres the thing..I think she might be pregnant.Im not sure but I think so.She is eating an awful lot...approx 3 pouches a day and lots of dry also.
What will I do? Is it ok to just carry on like this,providing shelter and food.Will she be warm enough? I cant bring her indoors as we have a dog and an indoor kitten and if she has kittens we will be over run with cats and I dont really want that.
She is a large tabby and is really lovely and friendly.
Sigh!Why do they always find me?

Iwouldratherbemuckingout Tue 24-Dec-13 09:58:51

I'm loving this story on Xmas eve smile specially cos I'm feeling grotty so am snuggled under the duvet with little black cat.

I think she just needs time to explore and to feel safe. My little Lillie was born at the rescue she came from, and it took her a good time to extend her boundaries to the whole house. She started off in the conservatory and worked her way out from there. Just let her do things in her own time. The thing my Lillie took a long time to get used to was the tv, she would only come into the living room when it was off for ages.

Now it's a different matter and she likes nothing better than some knee time in front of the tv!

Good luck, I think Bella is a lucky girl smile

ThistledownAndCobweb Tue 24-Dec-13 20:04:22

I'm sure she'll settle.
We got a rescue girl a couple of months ago. She spent the first week under the spare bed and wouldn't go near DH but would come to me.
She then ventured out but would find hidey holes and secret herself away.
I was worried that we were going to have a cat we never saw, and that she wouldn't have any freedom.

She now thinks she owns the house, she smacks the terrier on the bottom when he walks past and will even sit on DHs lap if he picks her up.

She hasn't become friendly with my other cats but they just ignore each other which is fine.

Today she's been charging in and out of the cat flap all day and having a whale of a time.

Applecrumbly Thu 26-Dec-13 00:30:07

Oh thanks for that Iwould and Thistle.I was just thinking along those lines today actually.We had family round for lunch today and several of them wanted to come upstairs and 'see' Bella and she is just sitting on her bed in the spare room mostly,wanders out to the landing now and again and scuttles back in again if dh strides upstairs or if there is a loud noise etc.I was wondering today if she will simply stay there forever like a sort of lodger that we never see.
Not helped today of course by remarks from my mother/sister etc saying things like'that cant be right can it,you cant keep a cat up here forever'.She seems happy out being fed well and is warm and cosy etc so I guess we will see eh?I will keep you all updated.Thanks fsmile.

catameringue Thu 26-Dec-13 13:40:08

I love how passive aggressive cats can be. My girls line up to toilet in boy cats litter tray in the morning sometimes and one steals his bed. He does it back of course. It's like a cold war!

My dh was struggling to bond with the girls. I taught him not to approach them and he feeds them more which helps. It has to be on their terms.

I put my newest cat away at night to give the others respite so that can help ease the tension. Otherwise I'd let them both roam and find their feet.

Applecrumbly Thu 26-Dec-13 18:14:05

Thats funny you mention the litter tray carry-on..kitten and cat have a litter tray each but the kitten seems to delight in using the litter tray belonging to the other cat .Is this normal then..I assumed they would each prefer to use their own one?Is it a territorial thing as in 'I'll show you who's boss and I will do a huge poo in your litter box'fgrin.?
Honestly the carry-on is just unreal by them.They spend hours simply staring at each other on the landing sometimes,both in a sort of 'loaf' positionfhmm.

Fluffycloudland77 Thu 26-Dec-13 18:18:02

We've had three female cats. They were all mental, nice to humans but snooty and moody with each other.

I like neutered boy cats, they like fuss and food.

Applecrumbly Thu 26-Dec-13 21:13:27

Thanks for that reassurance fluffy fshock.

Applecrumbly Thu 26-Dec-13 21:14:25

Actually snooty and moody is probably a very apt descriptionfhmm.

Fluffycloudland77 Thu 26-Dec-13 21:50:42

They liked humans, just moody with each other.

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