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First time cat mommy!!!

post #1 of 19
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Hi all... I have been spending the last couple of days reading as much as I can from the forums, and I can already say that you all have been an immense help.

This past Saturday, I became a cat mommy for the first time. My husband had cats growing up, but this my first feline. I have a history of allergy issues, but they seem to have gotten a lot better over the last couple years, and I've spent enough time successfully hanging out with friends' cats to be comfortable taking the plunge. So... we went to the shelter and brought home Cleopatra! She's a beautiful 2 year-old Abyssinian mix (build and personality of an Aby but jet black all over), very lively and spunky and curious. She has adjusted very well so far, and seems she has bonded quickly and well with us. I already have the privilege of stealing a few rubs of her belly while she purrs loudly enough to bring the house down. She must be getting more and more comfy in her new environment, since every day she gets a little more playful and a little more boisterous! I'm also having zero, zilch, nada problems with allergies (big sigh of relief).

Like any first-time Mom, though, I can't seem to do enough reading about how to learn to understand and care for my new lovey. My husband is kind and interested in her, but in a more remote way, so I already have become the go-to person for physical affection when she so desires. It all feels kind of overwhelming, but so wonderful at the same time. What's really funny is that he's the one that's agitated for a cat for the whole 15 years we've been together, but when we finally are able to get one, I end up being the one who's more attached to it!

As a first time mom, I'm sure I will be picking your collective brains a lot - nice to know there's a great community like this out there. I look forward to getting to know you all (your kitties included)!

post #2 of 19
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Sorry to reply to my own post (duh), but I forgot to attach a pic of my gal... here's Cleopatra (Leo for short since hubby says Cleo has been done!)...
post #3 of 19
Welcome! Just be sure to ask any questions you might have, and be prepared for opinions...some of which may not agree with each other!

Yeah, Cleo's been done. She was the star of a TV program that's so old, I doubt anyone remembers it.
post #4 of 19
Welcome to TCS.
post #5 of 19
Congratulations Courtney! She's beautiful!!
post #6 of 19
Welcome to TCS!
post #7 of 19
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 #8 of 19
What a beautiful girl Leo is Welcome to you both!
post #9 of 19
Welcome...I'm new to the site, too. I've had cats my whole life, and you are in for such a wonderful journey! Cats are great! Good luck with Leo!
post #10 of 19
Hello and Welcome to TCS!

Hope you enjoy the forums!
post #11 of 19
Hi there Courtney we're so happy to get the chance to welcome you and your gorgeous Cleo 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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post #13 of 19
Hello and Welcome to TCS neighborhood..
post #14 of 19
Welcome to you, Courtney, and to Cleopatra.
post #15 of 19
Hi Courtney,

Cleopatra is so pretty. I know how it feels when you get your first cat. I've had mine for ten years but I still remember when they were kittens. It was so stressful because it was the first time I had cats (as an adult), but I loved it. Sometimes, I still feel like a new mom. Learning about cats never ends.

post #16 of 19
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Thank you all very much for making me feel so welcome!!! We're on day 4 as a family, and smooth sailing so far. She's pure bliss. I'm sure that when those first inevitable bumps in the road arrive, I'll be coming to you for help. In the meantime, I'll catch up on my reading (plenty here to do!) and join in when I can. Thanks again!
post #17 of 19
Welcome to TCS

It was a huge help to me too, glad you are here!
post #18 of 19
Hi! You have found the best cat site around!

We have a lot of support and advice to give here. Our members are always ready and willing to help you or just chat with you. We also have a game called KatKwiz (cat quiz), designed for newcomers just like yourself, which teaches you things about The Cat Site and also allows you to win lots of points. (It also teaches you what points are.) Just click on the here link below to learn more. Glad you decided to join us!
post #19 of 19

I am so glad that you and beautiful Leo have joined our wonderful community of caring people who love cats. Please make yourself at home Courtney.
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