Monday May 12, 2003

Mama? There's a CAT in my house!

Well, today was THE DAY. Raven no longer has to live in the garage "apartment". However, we did bring his bed, litterbox, and toys up to the guest room so he can have a quiet place that's all his for timeouts for a few days.

First we went to the vet for the next step in the hookworm meds; got the tartar off the last tooth (and a hole in my finger). Got him microchipped (all our cats are chipped; they all have collars too with colored hearts; Raven's is yellow to match his eyes).

Then we came home and had a BATH. This wasn't as bad as it might have been. It helped that I wore old jeans and a long-sleeved denim shirt in the tub with the kitty! It's difficult to get much of a toehold in denim. (The other three had baths last night; Bebop was the most difficult as he has the most muscle.)

Then into the bedroom for a dry-off and wander around while the other cats were in the other part of the house. We brought the three big kids in one at a time.

Squirrel was confused; did a bunch of sniffing; tried to ignore Raven. Occasionally they would meet and hiss. Bebop was disturbed (it didn't help that Raven was behind the door when Bebop came in and took a swat at Bebop. More hissing. Mezzaluna hissed and ran and then watched.

Eventually we suggested that Raven retire to the guest room for some food and quiet (no breakfast before the vet; the previous trip gave him a tummy upset). He came out again round 6, went back in at 7 when we went to dinner, and is currently wandering about exploring the house.

Interactions have been going somewhat like this:

    Mama, there's a CAT in my house!
         Yes, Squirrel, that's Raven. He's come to live with us.

    Why?
         Because he didn't have a home to live in with nice people and cats.

         Raven, this is Squirrel.
    Hath.

    WHO is that?!
         Bebop, this is Raven.
    Swat.
    Hath.
         Be nice.

         Raven, that's Mezzaluna; Mezzaluna do you want to come in?
         This is Raven.

    Who's THAT?
    Hath.
         That's Raven.
    Eek!

    I never authorized any of this.
         Yes, Bebop, I know. Abstract concepts aren't really your thing.
         I did tell you about him.

    Mama? There's a CAT in my house.
         Yes, sweetie, it's OK.

    HATH.

    Mama?
         Yes, sweetie...

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