October 5th, 2004


Pussy Galore

The universe conspires against me. No, really; I'm serious.

But I'll save all that for another entry. Right now, I have a more pressing matter.

Adorable calico kittycat has adopted me. We'll call her "Harley" for now. She sleeps under the bushes next to the house, and cries at the door for me to come out and pet her. When I do, she wraps herself around my legs and mews and purrs and begs to be let into the house. At first I thought that perhaps she had kittens in trouble, as she made efforts to lead me around under the bushes, but now I think she was just trying to show me her current living situation

She can't be totally feral. She's tremendously affectionate (the most affectionate cat I've ever met, in fact, and that's saying something) and responds to commands.

I don't know if I can afford another cat right now, for a variety of reasons:
...transporting two cats to Florida is much more difficult than transporting one
...finding a rental that allows cats (as opposed to "cat") is likewise difficult
...Maxman is not keen on her (she's dominant and he's a scaredy cat)
...smellycat likely has fleas and appears to need dental work (or listerine)

However, the nights are getting colder. I had a very hard time leaving her outside last night, and we expect a frost tonight.

So the question becomes...

Do I take her to the vet today, or do I take her to the no-kill shelter?

photo of kitty

Poll #361336 O lovely Pussy, O Pussy, my love - What a beautiful Pussy you are

What do I do with this lovely pussy?

Take her to the vet and adopt her immediately!
Take her to the shelter - she'll be adopted in no time!
Do something else! (Please explain in comments.)
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Cat came back the very next day

Well, I'm no closer to a decision about Harley Schmarley Puddin and Pie the-as-yet-unnamed-because-I-don't-want-to-get-too-emotionally-attached cat.

But I have made an appointment to take her to see the vet this afternoon.

I don't have a cat carrier... I hope she likes cars and vetinary offices! :D :P

Thanks for all the feedback, folks. It's helping. A lot.

Holy schmoley. I'm starvelating.

To lunch!
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new kitty


...has fleas.

...is ten years old.

...has apparently been spayed.

...obviously had a family at one point.

...has to have drops in her ears for three weeks.

...was apparently unfamiliar with the concept of closed car windows, and kept trying to jump out of them. Once she realized that this wasn't a viable option, she rode the rest of the way curled up on my lap.

...was a real trouper at the vet. She got tested and vaccinated and dewormed and shaved (to see if she'd been spayed) without complaint. She even purred when they cleaned out her ears. Poor girl.

The vet gave me a deep deep deep deep discount.

She and Max are getting along quite well, all things considered. (Where "all things considered" means "even though she's sleeping on one of his favourite blankets.")
If I can't take her, I hope to find her a home with friends (or a FOAF). I don't think the shelter is a good option for a ten year old cat.

Regardless of whether I personally keep her or not, she needs a name. Kali*, or Harley**?

photo of adorable kitty
Could I possibly be more adorable? No.

Poll #361662 Name that cat!

Name, please:

Something else!

Something else?

Of course, her actual name will be determined by what suits her best. But I'm interested in knowing what you folks think :)

* Kali -co
** Harley -quinn
*** I'm not terribly original with names, I'll admit.
**** A related conversation-- Paul: "I think you've been adopted, and although I wasn't really for it before, I think you-- we-- should keep her." Me: "Really? Honest? I love you :)" Paul: "Yeah, really. Just remember this when I start talking about babies. ;)"
***** And yes, I can hear emoticons over the phone.
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