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Should I take my cat back?

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CatDilemma Sat 26-Jan-13 19:37:14

Hi I've nc for this as I don't want to get flamed.
5 years ago before I got pregnant with dc1 I had 3 cats. One was a really gorgeous old persian girl and two were kitten moggies. The old girl used to wee everywhere but her litter trayso the place we lived in was pretty grim.
A few weeks after I had ds I got offered a lovely new house. Only problem was, I wasn't allowed my cats with me. So I managed to find them a home. I was upset but I managed to move on. I lost touch with the lady that had them uuntil very recently. The old girl and boy kitten have passed away but the girl kitten is still alive. She's 6 now.
My dilemma is the lady that had them is not coping with her cats at all. Shes managed to find a rescue that will take almost all of them off her. But I'm in a positionnow where I could have my cat back.
As far as I can tell since remeeting her she hasn't had a nice time of it recently and it is really important she gets out of there. The rescue are coming for her on Wednesday. I'm just so undecided as to whether I should have her back ornot.

fackinell Sun 27-Jan-13 13:19:20

Felliway is ridiculously expensive and I'm not convinced it did ours any good. So happy you're getting her home!! grin

CatDilemma Sun 27-Jan-13 14:03:03

Yes I did mean wormer from a vet. Theres a few around here that treat Sundays as a normal business day. What about scratching posts. Are they any good? I remember when she was a kitten she liked to sit on the top of the 8ft one we had but will she be likely to use one as a grown up?

cozietoesie Sun 27-Jan-13 14:05:43

You might be lucky. Some will use them and and some won't! (Myself, I'd wait and see how she settles first.)


CatDilemma Sun 27-Jan-13 17:00:13

Well I've got the basic stuff for her and shes coming home tonight. So excited.

cozietoesie Sun 27-Jan-13 17:25:35

Best of luck, then!

(As I said - treat her like a new cat for a little so don't be surprised or hurt if she runs for the hills (or the nearest dark spot) as soon as she arrives back.)

Let us know how it goes.


CatDilemma Sun 27-Jan-13 21:50:15

Well she's here. She's very scared I managed a quick cuddle before she ran off to hide behind the sofa.

tribpot Sun 27-Jan-13 21:58:00

Good good. She will find the change of scene scary and the best thing you can do is leave her in peace. My cat slept in some mad places - under shelves, certainly behind the sofa - for a while until she came to trust us. Now I am looking at her sleeping right in the middle of my king sized bed whilst I teeter on one side because I don't want to wake her up grin

Let her come to you in her own time.

CatDilemma Sun 27-Jan-13 22:32:27

We managed to persuade her out, there's a pic on my profile.

cozietoesie Sun 27-Jan-13 22:40:11

She looks a bit tense but ...getting there. Slow and easy will do it. (And protecting her from the excitement of the DCs for a few days.)


cozietoesie Sun 27-Jan-13 22:41:53

You must be thrilled to have her back.

CatDilemma Mon 28-Jan-13 08:27:33

She came out and played last night it was lovely.
She pooed on the floor in the night though but hopefully she'll get used to her new things. We couldn't bring anything from her old home with her because it smelt so bad.

cozietoesie Mon 28-Jan-13 08:39:42

If the older lady who had her wasn't coping she may not have been cleaning up and the cats may have become confused about where they were supposed to poo etc - so used anywhere. (You implied she used her tray fine as a kitten?) She'll be all at sixes and sevens anyway.

Clean up the spot really thoroughly to allow her mind to focus next time - and someone else recommended (I seem to remember) that you put some of the poo in her clean tray for 10 minutes to give it a faint aroma of 'poo place'. (Next time - if she does it again - because you may have dumped the offending offering.) Then the usual. Lots of praise if you see her using it and no blame if she doesn't.


Has she peed in her tray yet?

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