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We picked up our kitty yesterday from the shelter

post #1 of 25
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I really appreciate all of the great information and advice the last few days from all the good members of this forum.

Yesterday morning my wife and I took our three boys to the local dog and cat shelter and after about 2 hours spending some time with an assortment of kitties, we came home with a very friendly and very pretty tabby cat. He's an orange and white (mostly orange) short hair about 8 months old and has the classic tabby cat "target" and stripes pattern to his coat. I'll post some pictures later. He looks like a tiger. My 16 and 6 year-old want to name him Rusty, my 12 year-old and I want to name him Tiger or Hobbes, after the cartoon books of Calvin and Hobbes, and my wife says it could be any one of the three.

We decided on him because he has a very mild disposition and is a loving cat -- a good fit for our family. Unfortunately, he also has an upper respiratory infection that we're giving him medicine for.
post #2 of 25
That is the problem with the pound.
So many are sick with Uri's.
I would love to see pics of him.
post #3 of 25
I LOVE LOVE LOVE the name "Rusty!" It's perfect!

Congratulations on the addition!

Cally
post #4 of 25
I love Red Tabby cats I'd name him Hobbes cause that was one of my fav cartoon (Calvin/Hobbes). Rusty and Tiger are too common for red tabby cats.

My one red tabby/white Rex was named Tom E Hawk (cause he had the color of a red-tailed hawk - red on the back, white on the tummy)
post #5 of 25
Congratulations on your newest family member.
I will be looking forward to learning his name and seeing photos of your sweet boy.

Sending along some quick healing vibes for that URI.
post #6 of 25
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Originally Posted by GoldenKitty45 View Post
I love Red Tabby cats I'd name him Hobbes cause that was one of my fav cartoon (Calvin/Hobbes). Rusty and Tiger are too common for red tabby cats.
i vote for Hobbes, as well!

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Congratulations on your newest family member.
I will be looking forward to learning his name and seeing photos of your sweet boy.

Sending along some quick healing vibes for that URI.
here's a link regarding tabby patterns: striped, spotted & ticked cats
post #7 of 25
Another vote for Hobbes!

Don't worry about the URI, it's pretty common. My two both had horrible kitty colds when I got them. Both are happy and healthy now.

That your little guy feels better soon.
post #8 of 25
That is just wonderful! Yay for orange kitties!

He won't care what you name him, as long as you feed him and love him!

Post pics when you get a chance over in the Pictures section!

Glad we could help!
post #9 of 25
Yay! We love red tabbys at our house! Can't wait to see pictures and hear how he's settling in.

Leslie
post #10 of 25
Two of our three from the shelter had the URI. But a good portion of all cats on the street have it, too.

Be sure to ask any questions; I know you said you are new to cat ownership, and some things can be puzzling.

Was he already neutered? If not, that would be the first thing on the list!
post #11 of 25
Yay! Congratulations! How is he settling in?

Nova had a respiratory infection when I first got her. It cleared right up with the antibiotics we were given.
post #12 of 25
Fantastic news! one less cat to be destroyed and one more family to benefit from the loyalty and companionship of a cat.
post #13 of 25
Congratulations.

Bru Bru came with an awful URI. We even used Little Noses on him( baby nasal spray)
One word of caution. When he feels better he may not be as mellow as you think lol
post #14 of 25
Congratulations!!!!

My kitty had a uri, it was a pretty bad one but it brings you closer, and with meds kitty will get better soon! Good luck with your new addition!
post #15 of 25
I am picturing here someone who has no acquaintance with cats, trying to give one a pill.....
post #16 of 25
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I am picturing here someone who has no acquaintance with cats, trying to give one a pill.....
Good point....

Below is a link to an excellent site (Cornell University College of Vet Medicine) about Giving Your Cat a Pill or Capsule, with a video and other useful instructions.
http://partnersah.vet.cornell.edu/pe...ill_or_capsule
post #17 of 25
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I am picturing here someone who has no acquaintance with cats, trying to give one a pill.....
I hear you. Actually, it's a liquid medicine that we "inject" into his mouth through a non-needled syringe. We've been pretty good at it so far -- just once a day.
post #18 of 25
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Originally Posted by xocats View Post
Good point....

Below is a link to an excellent site (Cornell University College of Vet Medicine) about Giving Your Cat a Pill or Capsule, with a video and other useful instructions.
http://partnersah.vet.cornell.edu/pe...ill_or_capsule
Thank you! I'm sure at some point we'll be doing that as well.
post #19 of 25
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Originally Posted by lilyluvscats View Post
Comgratulations.

Bru Bru came with an awful URI. We even used Little Noses on him( baby nasal spray)
One word of caution. When he feels better he may not be as mellow as you think lol
Yes, he has a pretty good URI. I get the feeling he is feeling a little punk right now but will become a lot more spry when he starts feeling better.
post #20 of 25
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Yes, he has a pretty good URI. I get the feeling he is feeling a little punk right now but will become a lot more spry when he starts feeling better.
An eight-month-old ginger cat? Uh... yah...... Before you know it, he will be tearing through your house!
post #21 of 25
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An eight-month-old ginger cat? Uh... yah...... Before you know it, he will be tearing through your house!
That's what I suspect, too.
post #22 of 25
I can't wait to hear more! How is he adjusting so far? Does your whole family love him already? I think with you treating his illness you will bond with him quickly.
post #23 of 25
Congrats on the kitty! Did you decide on a name yet? Is he neutered already? I kno when you adopt a dog or cat from the Humane Society around here if they are not already spayed/neutered, they will do it before you are able to take them home. Dont worry about the URI, Monster had one when i brought him home(he was from a feral colony). But i took him to the vet the next day & they gave me liquid antibiotics too, i had to give it to him 2x a day with eye drops & gel i had to put on his eye balls with a q-tip bc he had conjunctivitis. It started to clear up in a couple of days. Good luck with your new kitty! Im sure he will make a great pet for your family!
post #24 of 25
I'm so glad you found a kitty! If I had an orange male cat I'd probably name him Ron from Harry potter and then get another kitty and name him Harry :-P But that's just me, and I only have one cat so it's just a dream of mine lol.
post #25 of 25
I recall there have been a couple of other red tabby kitties named Hobbes on the site. One was even quite dapper and had a rather nice wardrobe.
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