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T
November 17th 06, 12:52 AM
Now that we're down to one cat again, I thought it might be good to
adopt another cat or kitten.

I find myself going more toward a young cat as opposed to a kitten
because I know most people adopt kittens first.

I'm trying to convince the SO that going with a cat between 1-4 years
old isn't such a bad thing. First of all, they've had all their shots,
have been spayed/neutered and their personalities are pretty much fixed
at that point.

Not to mention the fact that you're probably sparing the cat an early
death.

Of course if we adopt another cat it'll be the traditional way. Surfing
petfinder.com is one thing, but going and meeting the cats is the best
way. Friendly cats are the ones trying to jump out of the cage. That's
how Cosimo came into our lives.

Gail
November 17th 06, 01:20 AM
I think your idea is fine. Visit a shelter and meet the cats there. The
introduction is a very important part of the process (done slowly, separate
the two and increase contact gradually).
Gail
"T" > wrote in message
. ..
> Now that we're down to one cat again, I thought it might be good to
> adopt another cat or kitten.
>
> I find myself going more toward a young cat as opposed to a kitten
> because I know most people adopt kittens first.
>
> I'm trying to convince the SO that going with a cat between 1-4 years
> old isn't such a bad thing. First of all, they've had all their shots,
> have been spayed/neutered and their personalities are pretty much fixed
> at that point.
>
> Not to mention the fact that you're probably sparing the cat an early
> death.
>
> Of course if we adopt another cat it'll be the traditional way. Surfing
> petfinder.com is one thing, but going and meeting the cats is the best
> way. Friendly cats are the ones trying to jump out of the cage. That's
> how Cosimo came into our lives.
>

Roby
November 17th 06, 01:31 AM
T wrote:

> Of course if we adopt another cat it'll be the traditional way. Surfing
> petfinder.com is one thing, but going and meeting the cats is the best
> way. Friendly cats are the ones trying to jump out of the cage. That's
> how Cosimo came into our lives.

Having a vacancy in my home and in my heart, I drove to the local shelter
to interview candidates. As I walked across the parking lot, I saw another
visitor push open the door as he exited the building. A gray cat ran out
of the open door and headed into the shrubs. I chased after ... he gave
up rather quickly. I scooped him up, handed him over to a staffer in
hot pursuit. I recall thinking that this was a really nice cat. He
wasn't wearing a collar, so apparently he had just arrived and wasn't
up for adoption. I went inside, saw a lot of nice cats, but not THE ONE.
It always takes me a couple of visits: this is an important decision.
I went home catless that day, returned two weeks later. Well, guess
who was now up for adoption? That gray escape-cat! I swung open the
cage door to give him a scratch behind the ear ... and in an instant
he leapt onto my shoulder and started nuzzling my ear. Who can
resist a good ear nuzzle?? I adopted him on this our second meeting.
Clawde hasn't tried to escape from his new home even once!

Roby

Buddy's Mom
November 17th 06, 02:35 AM
After our 20 year + kitty passed away a couple of years ago, I thought
I wanted a kitten like I always have had and raise them from the start.
So I went to the local cat shelter and looked and went back and looked
- and this went on for a few weeks. One day I went and a new adult was
in a cage and came right over to the door and said "hello". Well I was
quite smitten with him, but thought - no I want a kitten - he is too
big! So, I went home and he was all I thought about for two days until
the shelter opened again.

I went in and looked in his cage and - HE WAS GONE! My heart skipped a
beat! Then, there he was - they were cleaning cages and he was on a
shelf - looking like he really didn't belong there. He saw me too and
it was love.......................

He is the best kitty I have ever had and I have had some wonderful
kitties! He is so appreciateive and loving. Now he is a Maine Coon,
so that may be part of it. But he was 3 years old when we got him and
he is purrrrrrrfect!

Good luck - wishing you a great adoption!

Roby wrote:
> T wrote:
>
> > Of course if we adopt another cat it'll be the traditional way. Surfing
> > petfinder.com is one thing, but going and meeting the cats is the best
> > way. Friendly cats are the ones trying to jump out of the cage. That's
> > how Cosimo came into our lives.
>
> Having a vacancy in my home and in my heart, I drove to the local shelter
> to interview candidates. As I walked across the parking lot, I saw another
> visitor push open the door as he exited the building. A gray cat ran out
> of the open door and headed into the shrubs. I chased after ... he gave
> up rather quickly. I scooped him up, handed him over to a staffer in
> hot pursuit. I recall thinking that this was a really nice cat. He
> wasn't wearing a collar, so apparently he had just arrived and wasn't
> up for adoption. I went inside, saw a lot of nice cats, but not THE ONE.
> It always takes me a couple of visits: this is an important decision.
> I went home catless that day, returned two weeks later. Well, guess
> who was now up for adoption? That gray escape-cat! I swung open the
> cage door to give him a scratch behind the ear ... and in an instant
> he leapt onto my shoulder and started nuzzling my ear. Who can
> resist a good ear nuzzle?? I adopted him on this our second meeting.
> Clawde hasn't tried to escape from his new home even once!
>
> Roby

T
November 17th 06, 03:24 AM
In article et>,
says...
> I think your idea is fine. Visit a shelter and meet the cats there. The
> introduction is a very important part of the process (done slowly, separate
> the two and increase contact gradually).
> Gail

Oh of course - that's how we introduced Cosimo to the two resident cats
at the time. Randy and Cosimo were best buds, Emily and Cosimo had a
love/hate thing.

T
November 17th 06, 03:24 AM
In article >, [email protected]
address.net says...
> T wrote:
>
> > Of course if we adopt another cat it'll be the traditional way. Surfing
> > petfinder.com is one thing, but going and meeting the cats is the best
> > way. Friendly cats are the ones trying to jump out of the cage. That's
> > how Cosimo came into our lives.
>
> Having a vacancy in my home and in my heart, I drove to the local shelter
> to interview candidates. As I walked across the parking lot, I saw another
> visitor push open the door as he exited the building. A gray cat ran out
> of the open door and headed into the shrubs. I chased after ... he gave
> up rather quickly. I scooped him up, handed him over to a staffer in
> hot pursuit. I recall thinking that this was a really nice cat. He
> wasn't wearing a collar, so apparently he had just arrived and wasn't
> up for adoption. I went inside, saw a lot of nice cats, but not THE ONE.
> It always takes me a couple of visits: this is an important decision.
> I went home catless that day, returned two weeks later. Well, guess
> who was now up for adoption? That gray escape-cat! I swung open the
> cage door to give him a scratch behind the ear ... and in an instant
> he leapt onto my shoulder and started nuzzling my ear. Who can
> resist a good ear nuzzle?? I adopted him on this our second meeting.
> Clawde hasn't tried to escape from his new home even once!
>
> Roby
>

See, that's exactly why I'm keeping an open mind regarding older cats.

MaryL
November 17th 06, 03:28 AM
"T" > wrote in message
. ..
> Now that we're down to one cat again, I thought it might be good to
> adopt another cat or kitten.
>
> I find myself going more toward a young cat as opposed to a kitten
> because I know most people adopt kittens first.
>
> I'm trying to convince the SO that going with a cat between 1-4 years
> old isn't such a bad thing. First of all, they've had all their shots,
> have been spayed/neutered and their personalities are pretty much fixed
> at that point.
>
> Not to mention the fact that you're probably sparing the cat an early
> death.
>
> Of course if we adopt another cat it'll be the traditional way. Surfing
> petfinder.com is one thing, but going and meeting the cats is the best
> way. Friendly cats are the ones trying to jump out of the cage. That's
> how Cosimo came into our lives.
>

I think it is a wonderful decision to adopt an adult cat. As you said, it
is much harder to place them so you will probably be saving another life.
Holly was 6 months old when I adopted her, and Duffy was estimated to be
between 3 and 5 years old. They are both fantastic cats, and I can't
imagine two better companions. Do be sure to take a very slow, cautious
approach with the introduction (regardless of age). One of the biggest
mistakes many people make is to simply "toss them together" and expect the
cats to "work it out for themselves." This sometimes works, but it is often
a recipe for disaster. Slow and careful should be the approach!

Good luck., and thank you for adopting an adult cat.

MaryL

Photos of Duffy and Holly: >'o'<
Duffy: http://tinyurl.com/cslwf
Holly: http://tinyurl.com/9t68o
Duffy and Holly together: http://tinyurl.com/8b47e

meeee
November 17th 06, 03:36 AM
"Roby" > wrote in message
...
>T wrote:
>
>> Of course if we adopt another cat it'll be the traditional way. Surfing
>> petfinder.com is one thing, but going and meeting the cats is the best
>> way. Friendly cats are the ones trying to jump out of the cage. That's
>> how Cosimo came into our lives.
>
> Having a vacancy in my home and in my heart, I drove to the local shelter
> to interview candidates. As I walked across the parking lot, I saw
> another
> visitor push open the door as he exited the building. A gray cat ran out
> of the open door and headed into the shrubs. I chased after ... he gave
> up rather quickly. I scooped him up, handed him over to a staffer in
> hot pursuit. I recall thinking that this was a really nice cat. He
> wasn't wearing a collar, so apparently he had just arrived and wasn't
> up for adoption. I went inside, saw a lot of nice cats, but not THE ONE.
> It always takes me a couple of visits: this is an important decision.
> I went home catless that day, returned two weeks later. Well, guess
> who was now up for adoption? That gray escape-cat! I swung open the
> cage door to give him a scratch behind the ear ... and in an instant
> he leapt onto my shoulder and started nuzzling my ear. Who can
> resist a good ear nuzzle?? I adopted him on this our second meeting.
> Clawde hasn't tried to escape from his new home even once!
>
> Roby

Awwww.....what a beautiful love story :)

meeee
November 17th 06, 03:37 AM
Hugs to you for adopting him!!

"Buddy's Mom" > wrote in message
ups.com...
> After our 20 year + kitty passed away a couple of years ago, I thought
> I wanted a kitten like I always have had and raise them from the start.
> So I went to the local cat shelter and looked and went back and looked
> - and this went on for a few weeks. One day I went and a new adult was
> in a cage and came right over to the door and said "hello". Well I was
> quite smitten with him, but thought - no I want a kitten - he is too
> big! So, I went home and he was all I thought about for two days until
> the shelter opened again.
>
> I went in and looked in his cage and - HE WAS GONE! My heart skipped a
> beat! Then, there he was - they were cleaning cages and he was on a
> shelf - looking like he really didn't belong there. He saw me too and
> it was love.......................
>
> He is the best kitty I have ever had and I have had some wonderful
> kitties! He is so appreciateive and loving. Now he is a Maine Coon,
> so that may be part of it. But he was 3 years old when we got him and
> he is purrrrrrrfect!
>
> Good luck - wishing you a great adoption!
>
> Roby wrote:
>> T wrote:
>>
>> > Of course if we adopt another cat it'll be the traditional way. Surfing
>> > petfinder.com is one thing, but going and meeting the cats is the best
>> > way. Friendly cats are the ones trying to jump out of the cage. That's
>> > how Cosimo came into our lives.
>>
>> Having a vacancy in my home and in my heart, I drove to the local shelter
>> to interview candidates. As I walked across the parking lot, I saw
>> another
>> visitor push open the door as he exited the building. A gray cat ran out
>> of the open door and headed into the shrubs. I chased after ... he gave
>> up rather quickly. I scooped him up, handed him over to a staffer in
>> hot pursuit. I recall thinking that this was a really nice cat. He
>> wasn't wearing a collar, so apparently he had just arrived and wasn't
>> up for adoption. I went inside, saw a lot of nice cats, but not THE ONE.
>> It always takes me a couple of visits: this is an important decision.
>> I went home catless that day, returned two weeks later. Well, guess
>> who was now up for adoption? That gray escape-cat! I swung open the
>> cage door to give him a scratch behind the ear ... and in an instant
>> he leapt onto my shoulder and started nuzzling my ear. Who can
>> resist a good ear nuzzle?? I adopted him on this our second meeting.
>> Clawde hasn't tried to escape from his new home even once!
>>
>> Roby
>

Lynne
November 17th 06, 04:08 AM
on Fri, 17 Nov 2006 01:35:30 GMT, "Buddy's Mom" >
wrote:

These stories are absolutely beautiful!

> After our 20 year + kitty passed away a couple of years ago, I thought
> I wanted a kitten like I always have had and raise them from the
> start.
> So I went to the local cat shelter and looked and went back and
> looked
> - and this went on for a few weeks. One day I went and a new adult
> was in a cage and came right over to the door and said "hello". Well
> I was quite smitten with him, but thought - no I want a kitten - he is
> too big! So, I went home and he was all I thought about for two days
> until the shelter opened again.
>
> I went in and looked in his cage and - HE WAS GONE! My heart skipped
> a beat! Then, there he was - they were cleaning cages and he was on a
> shelf - looking like he really didn't belong there. He saw me too and
> it was love.......................
>
> He is the best kitty I have ever had and I have had some wonderful
> kitties! He is so appreciateive and loving. Now he is a Maine Coon,
> so that may be part of it. But he was 3 years old when we got him and
> he is purrrrrrrfect!
>
> Good luck - wishing you a great adoption!
>
> Roby wrote:
>> T wrote:
>>
>> > Of course if we adopt another cat it'll be the traditional way.
>> > Surfing petfinder.com is one thing, but going and meeting the cats
>> > is the best way. Friendly cats are the ones trying to jump out of
>> > the cage. That's how Cosimo came into our lives.
>>
>> Having a vacancy in my home and in my heart, I drove to the local
>> shelter to interview candidates. As I walked across the parking lot,
>> I saw another visitor push open the door as he exited the building.
>> A gray cat ran out of the open door and headed into the shrubs. I
>> chased after ... he gave up rather quickly. I scooped him up, handed
>> him over to a staffer in hot pursuit. I recall thinking that this
>> was a really nice cat. He wasn't wearing a collar, so apparently he
>> had just arrived and wasn't up for adoption. I went inside, saw a
>> lot of nice cats, but not THE ONE. It always takes me a couple of
>> visits: this is an important decision. I went home catless that day,
>> returned two weeks later. Well, guess who was now up for adoption?
>> That gray escape-cat! I swung open the cage door to give him a
>> scratch behind the ear ... and in an instant he leapt onto my
>> shoulder and started nuzzling my ear. Who can resist a good ear
>> nuzzle?? I adopted him on this our second meeting. Clawde hasn't
>> tried to escape from his new home even once!
>>
>> Roby
>



--
Lynne


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