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Billy, Shelly, and the gang

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...sort of!

Shelly is being SUCH a good big brother! (Billy's actual brother to whom he was VERY close was adopted, and he keeps trying to headbutt our cats, who don't get it )

Billy's on the right, Shelly the left:


Billy's in front, Shelly in back:



...and though it's been 8 days, things are settling in really well - 5 kitties in the bedroom last night (for a while there were six, but Ming Loy joined the crew on the bed after I put the camera away ).

Flowerbelle is the white kitty, Spooky is the brown/orange tabby, Lazlo is on the left, Shelly's in the foreground on the bed, Billy in front of him.



Laurie
post #2 of 9
Awww Laurie Just look at those pictures - you should be so proud of your gang! Just look how well they're all getting along

Even after 4 years, Felicity still doesn't like being in a room with other kitties. Your guys are doing really well!!
post #3 of 9
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I really think they're good about it because for the first two years of their lives there were really quite a few kitties coming and going. It's been a while since they had to put up with a new kitty, but we keep telling them all they were homeless and in need, and so they'd just better be nice to Billy because he was homeless and in need. !!! Everybody gets treats or scritches for being nice (not growling or hissing when he's near or walks by) and those who need it get a "Be a nice kitty! You were in his position once!" warning when they hiss or growl. I am SURE they know what we're saying.

We're really proud of Ming Loy, who we thought was going to have the most trouble. All growling has stopped and she doesn't mind him being on the bed!

Spooky's going to be a problem for a least a while longer. She doesn't mind Billy being around -but she does NOT like sharing the bed with him when she wants to be on it.

Tuxedo is the funniest. If Billy's in the path of where he's going, Tuxie stops, hisses, flashes his tail - and then turns around and RUNS away really quickly! With treats, we've gotten them right next to each other without incident quite a few times now, and Tuxie has stopped constantly staring at him.

....but we're happiest about Shelly, who is actually being NICE to him. Billy headbutted him today, and Shel didn't act like he was some kind of leper, so Billy proceeded to sidle up next to him and Shel obliged by letting Billy just stand there pushed up against him. When Shel finally lay down last night, Bill put his tail over Shelly's, and Shel didn't flick it off. (Billy and Bing would walk together, wrap around each other, and walk with each other's tails wrapped around each other).

Laurie
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....but we're happiest about Shelly, who is actually being NICE to him. Billy headbutted him today, and Shel didn't act like he was some kind of leper, so Billy proceeded to sidle up next to him and Shel obliged by letting Billy just stand there pushed up against him. When Shel finally lay down last night, Bill put his tail over Shelly's, and Shel didn't flick it off. (Billy and Bing would walk together, wrap around each other, and walk with each other's tails wrapped around each other).
Laurie
Awwwww!!!! So sad that you had to split them up!

At least Shelly is trying to be a pal! I'd like to give Billy a big squeeze!! What a sweet boy!
post #5 of 9
Awww, Look at all those babies, they are holding paws in that first pic
post #6 of 9
Awwwwwww how sweet. What a beautiful kitty Shelly is to accept his new brother so quickly. Billy sounds like a love muffin, too.
post #7 of 9
Well,look at that! I can`t believe they get along together so soon
post #8 of 9
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Yeah, we were REALLY bummed we had to split them up. We'd been trying to adopt them together - but two cats, over a year old, that had been living outside for... ???? we don't know how long - was just too hard to do. Bing, however, is doing GREAT at his new home and, sadly, didn't seem to miss Billy at all. In the RV, we could just not foster the two of them.

But at least Billy is inside, warm, safe, dry, PLAYING!, and thank GOD purring a lot - and not crying for Bing (he did the first couple of days) anymore. ...and he is a complete and total love bug. I don't know if we could actually give him up at this point, but if the right family with a kitty that needed and wanted a pal came along, we would probably do it. He's happy here - but he'd probably be happier with a kitty that really wanted to be his friend.

Laurie
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he keeps trying to headbutt our cats, who don't get it
Awwwwww Jack does that to Rosie and Sophie. Rosie just lifts her head and carries on, but Sophie gives Jack such a confused stare like WTH?!?!
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