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Hi! New kitten in the family

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Hi everybody! I just registered due to the adoption of my six-week old kitten, Mocha, the other day. She was found as a stray under one of the houses at my alma mater, apparently abandoned by her mother. (I have a feeling there may have been a bit more human intervention there, but either way she's better off in than out!) The girls living there had an ambiguous idea to make her a "House Cat," living there during the school year (against policy) and going home with...somebody...while they were on break. This half-baked plan went down the tubes when it came time to figure out who pays the vet bills, at which point they told my girlfriend (who lives there) to tell me (I've been off in the "real world" for a couple of years now) that she needed a home. So...VERY long story short...she came home on Monday and has been adjusting to her new surroundings ever since. She's a beautiful kitten, and seems to be extremely good natured. We need to learn not to teethe on fingers or use our claws for the wrong things, but hopefully I will find good advice about those and other issues here.

About the new "dad": Except for one cat that I was too young to remember, I only had a dog growing up. I have known and enjoyed the company of many, many cats along the way, but never one of my own. The biggest adjustment that I will have to make is getting away from the dog-owning mentality and into the cat-owning mentality, which seem to be very different. For example, I would never own a dog right now for fear that it would go insane being left alone for the 9 hours a day that I'm away at work. Accepting that cats generally (with the proper adjustment) are perfectly fine with this has taken me a very long time to accept. I just don't want a pet to be in a situation she hates, you know?

Anyway, that was an awfully long introduction. "Mo" says thanks in advance for teaching the stupid human to raise a cat properly!

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I just seen the photos in your other thread and she is a darling
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Hello It's nice to meet you!!

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Hi there Tim we're so happy to welcome you and Mocha 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

Thank you so much for offering Mocha a home - I'm sure you'll be a great dad to her
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Welcome to TCS prepare to become addicted
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Welcome, Tim. I'm new as well, and addicted already!
I'm glad Mocha got a home from such a great dad!
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Thanks for the warm welcome, everyone! I've been searching through and already found a lot of good information, especially about how to deal with the play biting. I've seen what happens to cats when their people don't put a halt to aggression early-on, and paid for it in my own blood!

Oh, this is going to be a rough work day. I have been gradually increasing her "alone time" to ease her (and the nervous dad) into my normal week-day routine. She seemed perfectly happy and normal after six hours yesterday, but I can't help being concerned about her first full day by herself. Ahh, well. All I can do is kitten-proof to excess and hope that she doesn't find trouble that I haven't already prevented. Here's to counting down...
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Welcome to the site
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Hi and welcome to TCS!!!!!!!!!!

see you on the forums!
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Welcome to tcs!! I know you'll love it here! I hope to see you on the forums soon!
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