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post #1 of 24
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Hi. I'm new here.

The reason I joined was because I recently went from having just one cat...for 13 years, to accidentally adopting a second. Merfy (my father named her for Murphy's law, and misspelled her name to start off her string of bad luck...although she wasn't so lucky before we met her.) is my senior kitty. I've had her since middle school, and she went with me to college, and now she lives with me in the city with my fiancee. My family bought her as a kitten from a shelter. She'd been dumped at 3 weeks old..taped up in a box by someone probably very sick. She's a rather timid dilute calico.

The accidental cat is Isosceles. We live in Cleveland, where strays populate the streets. Once, when Merfy got out of the house and was lost in the city (she'd always lived in the suburbs before. I think she was afraid and hid.) I went to a nearby shelter looking for her. I was told "we take in 400 cats a day on average" by an employee, who then grimly guided me from room to room, looking and tiny face after tiny face.

We first saw Isosceles (cos he "just ain't right." that was my fiancee's idea) a couple of months ago. He was a tiny kitten with a terrible eye infection. He'd followed by fiancee into the yard while he was cutting our grass with the reel mower. When we tried to catch him he got away and hid somewhere.

A couple of weeks ago, my fiancee called me out to the yard. "Come get this kitten!" he said. I walked out to see the same little (but slightly larger now) kitten winding himself around my fiancee's legs. As soon as the little grey kitten saw me he ran over, i crouched down, and he jumped into my lap, purring.

He was skin and bone, wheezing, one eye still swelled almost shut, ear mites, and who knew what else? But he was friendly as any cat I'd ever seen. A winning personality. So brought him in. Our old house is filled with doors, so it was no trouble closing him away from Merfy, for health reasons.

He's healthy and playful after...a rather expensive veterinary visit and gets his first round of vaccinations tomorrow. I joined here looking for a webpage to reassure me that he and Merfy would eventually get along. Right now she sees him and hisses, but is not in the least bit aggressive. If he stays at least 5 feet away she'll just watch, ears forward with curiosity. He, to her dismay, purrs and wants to cuddle her.

Ah...I'm always too wordy. I like all your pictures at the bottoms of your messages, btw. They're fun. Nice to meet you.
post #2 of 24
Welcome to TCS. It is amazing how many people get adopted by cats. My first cat adopted me. Just showed up one day and stayed. I've had others since but I chose them, not the other way around.

We look forward to knowing more about you.
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post #5 of 24
Thread Starter 
Thank you all!

Isoscoles is the first cat to adopt me...but i've never been anywhere with so many strays before. It's sad. On the flip side, i saw a roadkilled rat the other day...so, i'm glad i have the cats!!

Thanks! Hmm...now i have to make some of those cute signature things.
post #6 of 24
Welcome to TCS! You'll find a lot of wonderful people here.
post #7 of 24
Hi and welcome to TCS you find lots of support and knowledge on here look forward to getting to know more about you and your little angels
post #8 of 24
Hola y bienvenido a TCS, ...Catulina y Milky te saludan!!........
(Translate: Hi and Welcome to TCS, Catulina and Milky say hello to you!!!...)

See you on the forums!
post #9 of 24
Glad to hear he has found a good home! I'm sure he'll be feeling much better soon - poor little guy!
post #10 of 24
Welcome to TCS!

I look forward to seeing you around the forums
post #11 of 24
Hello & welcome
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and hello to you, Merfy & Isosceles - they sound adorable :lovegrin - cant wait to see some photos of the sweeties

Glad you dropped in to join us and enjoy the forums
post #13 of 24
Hi welcome to TCS!
post #14 of 24
Welcome! Your little family sounds lovely, and we can't wait to see pics! Glad you joined us.
post #15 of 24
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Thank you all! I'll get some pictures as soon as I have everything figured out.

maybe a before and after pic of isosceles. I ran across the picture today of what he looked like when we found him last week...it was striking.
post #16 of 24
Welcome to TCS! Looking forward to pictures of Merfy and Isosceles! Merfy is a cute way of spelling Murphy if I must say!
post #17 of 24
Such a sweet story! Welcome to TCS!
post #18 of 24
Welcome!!!!!!!!!! :wave:

Isosceles is SUCH a great name!!!!


post #19 of 24
Thread Starter 
YEAH!!! Lookie what i got.

Thanks. I love that name, too...although i tend to call him Soscie...or "Crazybutt" for short.

He's trying to climb the brick fireplace right now. *sigh* Merfy's giving him this "you idiot" look...she's good at that look.
post #20 of 24
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AAACK!! oH MY HEAVENS! he almost made it! He got a good running start and got half way up!!

okay. I gotta intervene here.

Thanks, everyone!
post #21 of 24
Welcome from me. Peaches, Paisley, Arthur and Josie. I'm sure your 2 will get along. Introduce them slowly and supervise for the 1st few weeks they are together. If she's just hissing, it should be OK pretty soon. She's just letting him know she's the boss cat. Have fun with your 2 babies.
post #22 of 24
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Originally Posted by Mcat View Post
Welcome from me. Peaches, Paisley, Arthur and Josie. I'm sure your 2 will get along. Introduce them slowly and supervise for the 1st few weeks they are together. If she's just hissing, it should be OK pretty soon. She's just letting him know she's the boss cat. Have fun with your 2 babies.
Thanks you for the reassurance!

I think you're right, too. She seems to be changing from angry and annoyed, to quietly amused and curious. I've been giving him a toy, and letting her watch him play, which she seems to enjoy. I guess that way she can watch him without worrying that he'll want to pounce on her....yet. She does still hiss if he's sitting above her...but i suppose she wants him, well, to sit beneath her at all times. She did this to a dog we were babysitting once. Oh did she scare that dog!
post #23 of 24
Hello and Welcme
post #24 of 24
Hi there we're so happy to get the chance to welcome you and your fur-family to TCS. I'm sure you'll enjoy your stay with us - we're one great big family and you'll find loads of friends here. If I can help at all while you're finding your way around TCS just click on my username and send me a Personal Message - I'll do what I can to answer your questions
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