Today’s is a short, fun Friday post dedicated to my pet-loving friends.
You may remember me mentioning that we recently added a furry new addition to our family. “Miranda” the kitty found a forever home with our family the weekend after Christmas. She’s about 18 months old, white with gray markings, and she’s a sweet little thing.
(We’ve not had a pet since 2003 when we lost our beloved black Lab–“Blackie”–to a tornado. Because of the trauma of that time and situation, I’d always said we’d never have another pet.) *sigh*
Well, of course, I’m now eating my words. The family won me over.
We adopted Miranda from a nearby “no kill” shelter. She was fostered for a time after being found and we’re not sure of the experiences she endured prior to that. She’s spayed, litter box trained, and has had the necessary vaccinations, worming, and some tests to rule out any illnesses.
As you might expect, there’s been an adjustment period.
Miranda was very shy and reclusive the first day she came to us, but slowly, she’s adjusting.
It’s exciting to see the changes. While she still doesn’t want to be held on our laps, she likes being where we’re at, often following us from room to room to see what we’re up to.
She’ll snuggle up against our legs and she adores being petted and brushed. She’s even hopped on our beds now and then to curl up near us while we’re sleeping. (Eeeek! That unnerved me a bit the first time it happened. I was deep in dreamland and I wasn’t expecting it.)
On the advice of friends, we’ve introduced her to areas of our home little by little so as not to overwhelm her. (I still prefer she stay out of the kitchen.) And believe it or not–I think Miranda understands the word “no” when she ventures somewhere she shouldn’t.
She loves to run and play hide-and-seek, but rarely uses the $80 pet condo with cubby. (Of course!)
And out of the multiple kitty toys we purchased, what do you think is her favorite–the little blue mouse on a string that lights up? The shiny wand with colorful streamers? How about the stuffed mice or little ball with tinkly bell?
Try a shoelace. An ordinary long, white shoelace! (She’ll drag that thing from room to room meowing pitifully which I suppose is her way of saying “play with me!”)
Now, since our family’s never had a cat (though darling daughter did some vast research), our initial base, hands-on knowledge has been limited, though we’re learning. We’re getting a crash course in all things feline. It’s a wild, exhausting ride! (For Miranda, too.)
Help a gal out! I do have a few questions…
What are your thoughts about declawing?
How can we get Miranda used to her pet condo?
Miranda seems to nap often. I’m guessing this is normal?
Any other tips or useful kitty tidbits?
I’d love to know about your pets, too!
Warning: Cute kitty photos ahead! Check them out here: (Click to Tweet)
Happy, Happy Weekend!