||[Apr. 21st, 2009|11:57 am]
Listen in, listen Ian!
Having cats is great. The guide to settling them in a new home that the Cats' Protection League gave me says that at first they should be confined to a single safe room, as immediately giving them the run of the flat could be a bit scary and overwhelming. The only room apart from the bathroom that has a door is my bedroom, so that's where they're living for the moment (the guide says for up to two months, but I don't think so). It's going well anyway - they're vey affectionate, both to each other and to me The pattern so far has been that they jump up on the bed when I go to sleep, wash each other and cuddle up together, waking briefly at about 3.30 to noisily but entertainingly career around in the dark and then they've pretty much been letting me sleep until the alarm goes off. At that point they come and remind me that they're there, and they's quite like some food if it's not too much trouble pls. Oh, and one of them (I've pretty much given up trying to tell them apart at a glance) came and gave my arm a thorough wash this morning. They hoover up their food the minute the bowls touch the floor too - they have the table manners more of dogs than cats. Aw. They're great.|
It's properly spring now isn't it? Last night was a softball pre-season friendly, and Clissold Park is now looking exceedingly green and pleasant. We won 29-28 with a dramitic comeback where we scored 11 runs in one inning, and there were ducklings on the lake, so that all went well.
2009-04-21 11:02 am (UTC)
Our house is mostly open plan, as you know, so new cats get the run of the place from day one. I'd let your pair out now if I were in your shoes. (This is not advice, just what I'd do!)
m32. It's not like your flat is big and scary. Well, it's not big.
Yeah, I probably would too, as they sound like confident little critters. Just make sure the bedroom door stays open so they can dash back to safety until they get used to the noises of the place.
PS: CAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAATS! XD
It totally is spring - I was looking at all the trees out of the train window this morning and thinking 'awww, lovely'. </hippy>
Hurray for cats!
Edited at 2009-04-21 11:32 am (UTC)
When we moved into the new house I walked round it with Freddy and he'd look around each room, give a little inquisitive meow, and then move on to the next one. Phoebe hid behind the settee for hours and wouldn't come out so I just had to sit with her and reassure her until she felt confident enough to come out and have a look around.
Within a few hours they were both more interested in finding new and unusual places to sleep than worrying about their new environment.
Fabulous creatures aren't they? What adorable faces your new tabbies have! Beware though, they will take over your life...
Four to seven days is a good time to keep them in the first room, then let them have the run of the flat for another couple of weeks.If you intend to let your cat outside at all, leave it a few weeks, and make sure it is hungry when you let it out, so it comes back for food. Hey, if they wash you, you're one of their gang...