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4.5 Months!

Posted by: | November 14, 2014 | 9 Comments |

Where does the time go? It is hard to believe that it has been 4.5 months since Smore went from injured, starving kitten to loving tripawd. So what’s new since my last post?

Smore apparently heard me complaining about how she stopped being affectionate because ever since she’s been cuddling with me. Perhaps it’s because I started propping my feet up om the ottoman? Whatever the reason, I’m glad. I find her purring and warmth comforting and therapeutic,  especially after a bad day.

I also think she’s finally learned her name. Now when I say it she comes running to me and jumps up into my lap.

She’s also seen her first glimpse of snow out the window. I’m glad she found me. I’d hate to think of her out there in the cold with an injured andnunusable arm. I know animals can adapt, but I know she’s better off here as an indoor cat. I once thought it was cruel to have an indoor only cat, but smore seems happy and I don’t have to worry about her getting hurt again out there in the big world.

I’ve seen tons of cats wandering around outside, which means there’s a lot of competitiom for resources out there. I’m sure her bad leg would’ve made it difficult to hunt efficiently. I think a lot of these cats are barm cats since it’s so rural here, but it’s hard to say. I’m still convinced she’s a former barn cat turned garage cat.

And soon she’ll be a former garage cat. My father just told me tonight that I could bring her into the basement. For those who don’t remember/don’t know, my father is allergic to cats, as are my nieces and sister who visit in the summer. My mom said Smore could never really be an in the house cat because of allergies, even when my elderly dog, who hates small animals, passes on. Which is why Smore has been living in our garage, which I turned into a cat cave. I stopped parking the car in there and took out a lot of stuff that would be dangerous and brought in some furniture. And she didn’t go outside anymore either because I didn’t want her to be an outdoor cat.

My dad said he doesn’t care though. He even said he was surprised I never did that in the beginning. He didn’t know Mom said no. Granted, my dad originally said no to Smore in the garage too and didn’t want me to keep her.

I know a lot of it has to deal with my parents worrying about me sitting in the cold garage with her and staying warm, especially right now because I have a cold. That and my dad wants me to be able to park in the garage and not have to worry about digging out my car this winter, which has apparently already started. 🙁

My dad even went on to say he’d be ok with Smore being in the main floor of the house if it wasn’t for my dog’s dislike of cats and the cat’s possible dislike for dogs. At Pebbles age, I don’t see the point in trying to teach her to like and tolerate Smore. So instead,  Smore will just get half the house and Pebbles will get the other half. Our basement is the same size as our first floor,  you see. It still has mostly concrete floor, and now she won’t be able to see outside again until we build something to get to the super high windows.

I don’t know if there’s really a difference in her living arrangements other than it’ll be more comfortable for me. The basement stays cooler than the rest of the house, but it’s obviously better insulated than the garage. The garage is 52 degrees right now despite the 28 degree westher outside.

Still, I’d like to think of it as a victory. I had a feeling my parents would eventually cave and let her in the house. I just figured it’d be after my dog died. Of course, I was less confident of that when I realized it was allergies that caused her to stay in thebgarage versusnwe don’t want more pets.

I know cats like predictability and become attached to their surroundings. How well do you think she’ll adjust to the move? Anything I can do to make it easier? Cats are still an alien species to me. Hopefully she doesn’t start any bad bathroom habits and continues to use her litter box. I’d hate to have her screw this opportunity up. Hopefully she’ll like her new living area. I might even bring a tv and dvd player down there and watch some movies with her. Hopefully all the sounds won’t scare her. I know she’s afraid of my dad because he talks so loud…

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  1. By: Michelle on November 14, 2014 at 8:31 pm      Reply

    Great to hear Smore is doing so great and getting to be an inside kitty. Yay

    Michelle & Angel Sassy

    • By: tinav323 on November 15, 2014 at 10:58 am      Reply

      Thank you. She was an inside kitty as a garage cat too, but now she’ll just have a warmer place to be. I hope she likes it!

  2. By: bcullom on November 14, 2014 at 8:36 pm      Reply

    Hopefully everything will work out well, and sweet little kitty Smore will be spoiled and comfy living inside with you…. I am truly a dog person, so unfortunately I do not have any advice for the transition, but I am sure someone here will.

    Keep us posted, and I will be keeping you in my thoughts,
    Bonnie & Angel Polly

    • By: tinav323 on November 15, 2014 at 11:00 am      Reply

      She’s pretty spoiled as it is. I turned our garage into a livimg room as best as I could. The only thing it lacks is heat and air conditioning. I’m thinking this move is more for my benefit as she’s never seemed bothered by the garage and it stays relatively nice in there.

      I’ve been a dog person all my life too. Smore and the outdoor cat I briefly had as a kid have helped me realize cats are pretty sweet too though.

  3. By: Codie Rae on November 14, 2014 at 9:49 pm      Reply

    Yup, not a kitty expert here either. But hoppy that Smore will get to be in the house with you! I bet she will be so happy to be there she won’t have any trouble adjusting. Maybe if you just make it clear where her box is in her new space she will be OK. I used to have kitties but its been a long time. They would pee outside the box because they didn’t like to share, and one was just spiteful in general :). So glad you found Smore and that she is not roughing it outside in the cold winter with all those other kitties, it sounds like a match that was meant to be!

    Codie Rae and the Oaktown Pack

    • By: tinav323 on November 15, 2014 at 11:06 am      Reply

      It seems to me that most bathroom incidents come from multiple cats so maybe I won’t have a problem. She likes to explore our kitchen when she gets in there. Hopefully she’ll just be easy to adjust like she has been with rearranging the garage to suit her.

      I know animals adjust and get thick coats but I really dont think she wouldve been able to hunt as well. I feel like her broken paw would’ve been in the way and that’s why she was so skinny when she found us.

      I’ll still have to split my time between upstairs and downstairs to accommodate both pets but I won’t have to worry about getting cold when I go see her and if she’s cold.

  4. By: jerry on November 17, 2014 at 5:15 pm      Reply

    Ohhhh I love how she’s worked her way into your Dad’s heart! She is truly irresistible!

    I can’t offer you any input about moving with cats but I know our TriCat bloggers can. Hop over to the Forums too, lots of good people waiting to help there.

    When it comes to allergies, sometimes desensitizing by being around the allergen is the best solution. There is also something called “NLP” (Neurolinguistic Programming) that is like hypnosis, which has helped some people I know overcome allergies to nuts and other things. If your Dad is open to it I’m betting it could help. Sounds like he’s really loving having that sweetie pie around the house, maybe he’ll do it!

    Oh and I agree about your strategies with Smore and your old doggie, totally good move.

    • By: tinav323 on November 20, 2014 at 3:09 pm      Reply

      He actually doesn’t live here. It’s his retirement home but he babysits my sister’s kids so he can’t stay here. If he were around more she’d probably grow on him. Let’s just hope when he comes back or my nieces visit that the allergens don’t bother them or he may make Smore move again! 🙁

      I’ve never heard of that treatment before. Course I dont really look either. My only allergy is to a type of medicine and possibly bees, so I don’t think much about allergies. I’ll have to keep those in mind for my sister and her kids.

  5. By: coopercinta on December 22, 2014 at 8:35 am      Reply

    Hi Tina,

    I loved reading your and Smore’s (love the name) story and absolutely loved the video of her playing! I’m sure she’ll adapt well to the basement if you show her the litter box, her toys, any blankets she is used to etc. Most bathroom issues do seem to involve either multiple-cat homes or litter boxes that are not cleaned or emptied frequently enough.

    Cheers to you and your trikitty (Cinta says Tricats rule).


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