The Extra Crazy Cat People starter kit…

To start with, I am a dog person, always have been.  It isn’t that I don’t like cats, I do.  So we were considering getting a pet and John suggested a dog despite the fact that he is absolutely a cat person.  (I never knew how much of a cat person until recently.)

So I thought about it, and of course went directly to pet finder searching for a dog.  We thought maybe an older dog, but then we were torn over getting a puppy.  During the couple of weeks that I searched pet finder I put a lot of thought into the situation.  I wanted a pet, but a dog is a huge responsibility.  I couldn’t imagine leaving a dog to go fishing for twelve hours, nor could I imagine dragging the dog with me.  It began to seep into my mind that although I would love to have one, my life doesn’t really suit a dog right now.

John had informed me at some point that a co worker’s cat had had a litter of kittens.  Three kittens in fact, two boys and a girl, so I suggested to John that we get a kitten instead of a dog.  He had no problem with that what so ever and we decided to take the two boys.  I have a friend that also wanted a kitten and so when we took ours we took hers as well, figuring she could pick her up here.

Well, forget that idea.  I have been trying to get a hold of my friend to tell her the best thing she can do is get a kitten from somewhere else.

Don’t get me wrong, the kittens are adorable.  The problem seems to be that when the mother cat had them, she was in a cubby hole at the man’s house and he didn’t know they were there.  That way, they had no human contact for the first 6 weeks of their lives and it is an issue now.  We are guessing 6 weeks, which makes them 9 weeks now.

They spend a lot of time sleeping, eating and playing, but the two boys don’t want to be touched at all, they are frightened still and the baby girl is coming to us, but won’t come out of the bedroom.

As of now we are trying to let them come to us on their own, but it doesn’t seem to be working.  We have had them for two weeks, any advice would be welcome.  Their names are Scout, Smoky and Daisy.

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3 thoughts on “The Extra Crazy Cat People starter kit…

  1. One method is to drop food outside of their “den area”, and back off a little but stay in sight. Once they are used to coming out to get the food, knowing that you are there, you can place the food a little bit further from their den. The idea is to slowly coax them further, and further out of their “comfort zone”.. and closer to you. Ideally you should be able to get them to eventually take treats from you = Success!

    The idea is to get them to understand that you are not a threat, and in fact you have yummy food to give them. This is exactly what we had to do with Ray in that he was afraid of everybody and all dogs. We eventually got him to understand that people and dogs = treats. Then we slowly withdrew the treats and all was well! Good luck. 🙂

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    • We have been doing just that Colin. They do come right up to us, but the two boys will hiss and spit and run if we move our hands towards them. John says to just have patience, but I have none. I want to pet the kitty!

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      • Moving your body (hands) towards any animal will be seen as a threat if it is insecure. If they are at least coming up to you, then that is great progress. Now let them take the food from near to your hand. If they take the food near to your hand, then they will eventually be tempted to take it from your hand.

        Once they are comfortable doing that, then you may be able to offer the food and, while they are eating, just gently touch them etc. etc.

        You have to progress in really baby steps otherwise you will scare them off you.

        If the girl is doing better, the boys will see that and will eventually take the cues from her (i.e. if it’s ok for sis, I guess it’s ok for us).

        John is sooooooooo right about patience, and it is not negotiable! You must have patience if you want those “guys” to be lovely cuddly family members.

        We have had Ray for 3 years now, and are still working on some issues… he is worth it! Patience!

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