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post #31 of 57
He's adorable.

Okay, this might sound out there...BUT...if the two cats look that much alike do you think it's possible that you thought you were only seeing one when actually you may have seen the bathroom kitty on some occasions and the window peering kitty on others?

It's possible they are related.
I hope he comes back to the deck to eat.
post #32 of 57
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Originally Posted by Graciecat View Post
He's adorable.

Okay, this might sound out there...BUT...if the two cats look that much alike do you think it's possible that you thought you were only seeing one when actually you may have seen the bathroom kitty on some occasions and the window peering kitty on others?

It's possible they are related.
I hope he comes back to the deck to eat.
That's definitely possible. If they are not related or know each other then it's a HUGE coincidence that he was looking in the window because I never see cats in this neighborhood. I'm worried about the one that's still outside now that I've separated them. What have I gotten into?
post #33 of 57
What have you gotten into?

Well, it sounds like you're gotten into having two more cats
post #34 of 57
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I went into the bathroom and layed down on the floor so she could get used to me (good thing I cleaned earlier today ). I let her smell my hand and it only took about 2 minutes for her to warm up to me. Soon she was rubbing all over me and purring and she didn't once try to bite me or scratch me. I think she is a female now that I got a closer look. She is really skinny. Also, her back legs are really weak. She isn't walking around, she is just kind of dragging her back legs. I stood her on all fours a few times and she's able to walk but soon collapses. I showed her where the water bowl and litter are but so far she hasn't used either. At least she had a lot of wet food today so she can't be too dehydrated. Hopefully the vet can see her tomorrow night.
post #35 of 57
Oh the poor little thing.
I hope the Vet can see her tomorrow night and that the thing with her back legs isn't anything serious.

Did the "Peeping Tom" come and eat the food you left out?

Sending lots of vibes that the Vet gives her a clean bill of health tomorrow, that whatever is wrong with her back legs is something simple and that the peeper comes back to eat.
post #36 of 57
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Oh the poor little thing.
I hope the Vet can see her tomorrow night and that the thing with her back legs isn't anything serious.

Did the "Peeping Tom" come and eat the food you left out?

Sending lots of vibes that the Vet gives her a clean bill of health tomorrow, that whatever is wrong with her back legs is something simple and that the peeper comes back to eat.
Thanks!!

Peeping Tom did not eat the food and I haven't seen him again.

We are going to try to relocate our kitty to the basement tonight because it's not working out in the bathroom. This morning she was crying constantly and trying to get out of the door and it was upsetting Emily and Chessy. The basement will be much larger and further away from E & C.

Also her back legs seem to be a lot better this morning. She was still dragging them behind her occasionally, but she was walking around much more!
post #37 of 57
I was hoping...as I know you were...that the food would have been gone this morning.

Sounds like the basement would be a better option for her and I'm glad she seems to be walking better this morning.
post #38 of 57
Hi,

This is Jenny's husband checking in. We've named the little kitty, Mia, so unless we see missing cat signs, it looks like she's happily ours now. And I do mean happily ours. Part of Jenny's Christmas present was that we could get another cat, but apparently my giving her a little oranged stuffed cat confused "we can get a new cat" to "this is your new cat." Oops. Good thing Mia appeared to clear up that little issue.

Chessy doesn't seem to mind the new intruder. He's a laid back cat, and he was just sitting outside the door to the room Mia's in, being totally relaxed. We took her out of that room for a while, and Chessy just wandered through, smelling her new smells. When we brought Chessy home from the shelter, he immediatly wanted to be friends with Emily, so I don't think we have to worry how he'll handle it. Emily, on the otherhand, is not so happy. She did a little hissing and is being very skittish. It took a while for Emily to get used to Chessy last summer, so we're not surprised, but we also know she'll get over it. We'll just go through the slow introduction process we did before.

We're both very worried about the peeping tom cat. I'm not so sure the peeping tom cat isn't significantly smaller than Mia and might be her kitten. That might explain why her back legs weren't doing so well and why she was so thin despite the food we'd been putting out.

We thank you for your support and any other help or advice we can get would be welcome!
-TGT
post #39 of 57
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Mia's vet appointment is tomorrow at 5.
post #40 of 57
Just wanted to say what you're doing for this sweet kitty is awesome. Hope all goes well at the vet.
post #41 of 57
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Thanks! I will try to get more pics of her tonight...she deserves a proper introduction in Fur Pictures.
post #42 of 57
awe I just read through this story and bless ur hearts for taken her in I seen her photos in the fur pics section and she is such a cutie Hopefully u guys can get the tom soon! I am also sending good vet appointment vibes ur way for tomarrow, and please keep us updated on everything
post #43 of 57
You have probably already thought of this but I didn't see it. Could you continue to place food in the shed and see if it gets eaten by the other cat? If they were together, he may still be around there.

How wonderful you took Mia in and what a great DH you have
post #44 of 57
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Actually I didn't think to put food out in the shed yesterday...we were so focused on cat-proofing our basement and getting Mia set up down there. I'll put some out when I go home on my lunch break.

I told DH everything that Mia would need at her vet appointment and he said, "That's going to be expensive...but that's okay because saving a life is priceless."

Thanks for the vibes everyone...I hope the vet says she is healthy!
post #45 of 57
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Originally Posted by Jenny82 View Post
I told DH everything that Mia would need at her vet appointment and he said, "That's going to be expensive...but that's okay because saving a life is priceless."
What a guy!

Please keep us posted
post #46 of 57
How did the trip to the Vet go?
post #47 of 57
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Sorry I didn't update last night but we had a busy night! Mia slipped into a 2-3 inch space between our stairs and the wall at the bottom (we can get under our stairs, so we could get her out), so we had to go to Home Depot and nail up some wood to cover up the space. She was fine by the way, but she scared me!

The vet appointment went well! She had no microchip, but they found a spay scar, so she definitely used to have a home. My parents have me feeling guilty that she belongs to someone, but we have asked neighbors, looked for signs, and checked websites and haven't found anyone who has lost a cat. Is there anywhere else we should check?

She only weighs 6 lbs and you can feel her bones so it seems to me like she had been outside for awhile. The vet estimated her age at 2 years, possibly younger. She was negative for FeLV/FIV and got her rabies shot, distemper, and dewormer. No signs of fleas or parasites.

The vet did say that her back knees seem weak and that they were popping a little when he was moving them around. He doesn't know why without doing x-rays and blood tests. They don't seem to bother her and she gets around fine so I'm just going to keep an eye on them for awhile. Any thoughts on that?


Oh and we did see Tomcat again last night near our basement door! Of course he ran off as soon as he saw us and we couldn't find him. He hadn't eaten the food I put in the shed yesterday, so last night I put food out near our basement door where we saw him, which was still there this morning.
post #48 of 57
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Could a MOD possibly move this to the Cat Lounge (or wherever is the most appropriate) please? It is no longer S.O.S. Thank you!
post #49 of 57
Moving this for you, Jenny.
post #50 of 57
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Thanks Heidi! A couple of people wanted updates and I was afraid they'd never see it over there.
post #51 of 57
Hey Jenny, just coming back to this - was thinking that the little guy (now a girl) had not turned up last time !

Anyway - wow - things have certainly moved on - she is a sweetie and its wonderful that you have been able to take her, it was nice to hear from your DH

I am sure she will soon settle to things and start filling out a bit - I wonder what the thing about her legs could be

I am glad that things have turned out well for her and you you were pretty worried about the whole thing when you 1st started seeing her kicking about in your yard.

Well do keep us posted and of course, when you get chance more photos

Give that sweetie some tummy rubs from me
post #52 of 57
I'm glad to hear that everything went well at the Vet for Mia.
I wonder if the thing with her knees could be genetic?

I hope the little "peepping Tom" comes back and eats soon.
post #53 of 57
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We saw Peeping Tom again today. He was just wandering around our yard. I offered him some food but he only ate a little of it. I had stopped putting out food a few days ago for him because it was never eaten. He let me pet him but wasn't happy when I tried to pick him up so I stopped. He does not have a collar but I'm sure he must have a home since he did not want my food and is not skinny like Mia is. Also we only see him every so often. Should I just leave him alone?
post #54 of 57
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Also, Mia is doing great. We have let Chessy and Emily come down to the basement to explore while keeping Mia in a carrier. Emily only came down a few steps and Chessy wouldn't come near the carrier because he is a scaredy cat. There was a little hissing between Chessy and Mia. We also let Mia come upstairs while Chessy and Emily were in the bedroom but Mia didn't want to go very far away from the basement either. So things are progressing slowly.
post #55 of 57
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We've been having supervised visits between Mia and Emily & Chessy every night for the past week or so. There is still hissing occasionally but things are going well. We should be able to let Mia have full-time run of the house by this weekend. I hate having her separated!
post #56 of 57
This has been a wonderful thread to read! I missed it the first time.

Mia sounds like a wonderful addition. Thank you for taking her in! She sure is pretty too!

Your husband sounds like a great guy - lucky you!

Best wishes for Mia!
post #57 of 57
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This has been a wonderful thread to read! I missed it the first time.

Mia sounds like a wonderful addition. Thank you for taking her in! She sure is pretty too!

Your husband sounds like a great guy - lucky you!

Best wishes for Mia!
Thank you!
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