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Old November 17th 06, 12:52 AM posted to rec.pets.cats.health+behav
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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.

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Old November 17th 06, 01:20 AM posted to rec.pets.cats.health+behav
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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.



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Old November 17th 06, 01:31 AM posted to rec.pets.cats.health+behav
Roby
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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
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Old November 17th 06, 02:35 AM posted to rec.pets.cats.health+behav
Buddy's Mom
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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


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Old November 17th 06, 03:24 AM posted to rec.pets.cats.health+behav
T
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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.
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Old November 17th 06, 03:28 AM posted to rec.pets.cats.health+behav
MaryL
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"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


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Old November 17th 06, 03:36 AM posted to rec.pets.cats.health+behav
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"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


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Old November 17th 06, 03:37 AM posted to rec.pets.cats.health+behav
meeee
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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




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Old November 17th 06, 04:08 AM posted to rec.pets.cats.health+behav
Lynne
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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





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