As many of you know I am a HUGE lover of animals. So huge, that today, I think my boyfriend and I are going to PetSmart to pick up cat #5 (to clarify, the cats at big stores like PetSmart come from the local animal shelter). We saw Mimin, a black cat, a week ago when we were in there buying cat food. She looks just like a cat we had that passed away a little over a year ago. The animal shelter here has what looks to be about 70 or 80 cats – that’s ALOT. I feel so horrible for these poor little guys and as much as we don’t need a fifth cat, I know that here at rancho relaxo, they have a GREAT life. So if anyone out there is thinking about getting a pet, go to your local animal shelter and do one of these guys a favour. I guarantee they’ll love ya forever for it.
UPDATE: It’s several hours later and I’m holed up in my bedroom with the new member of our family, Mimin. We let her right out as soon as we got home and the cats were sniffing her butt etc. I was so proud of her because she pretty much ignored them. And then she attacked my chicken sh*t Himalayan. Fur flew everywhere. So, integration may take time (and all my energy). Here is a photo of her finally sitting still. She crawled into the carrier and lay down for the first time in 2 hours.
Congrats on the new addition to the family. She is beautiful. Keep us updated as to her progress in meeting the rest of the clan.
Thanks…but things aren’t looking so good. It’s only been 24 hours but I’ve got a bad vibe that we should have gotten a kitten instead. Our 1 yr old cat snuck into the bedroom where we have been keeping Mimin and Mimin attacked her. Having 4 cats is stressful enuf, but adding another one that isn’t getting along is going to send me over the edge. So, if it comes down to it, I will have to find her a new home. Which is awful because she is super affectionate and soooo cute and little.
it’s really hard to integrate an older cat with a group of older cats, at least from my experience. i have a male (atticus) and a female (jolene) cat, and they are lovers for life, but atticus goes insane around other male cats even though he’s been neutered.
i’d like to get more cats but i’m waiting until i have a larger space and am more settled before i do.
Love your cat’s names Eric. It is hard, but this cat is a year old so we thought she’d be OK. She did spend the first hour when we got home walking around and having her ass sniffed and it didn’t bother her in the least so I’m hoping she’ll get out of this funk and get back to that. And we need a bigger house/more land too. I want a dog…and thinking of starting a petting zoo 😉
Yeah!!! We are both “cat lady’s”, lol! I too have 5 cats now. Good choice on adopting her!!!!
how is Mimin doing now Kim? settled down?
Mimin is basically locked in my bedroom for the time being. She attacked a couple of the other cats so it’s going to take some time. I’ve been reading up on integrating an adult cat into a home with multiple cats to make sure I do this right. She is so freaking adorable, I’d hate to have to give her up. Thanks for asking drey.
Oooh – you’ll have to post a picture of her when you get a chance.