2007-09-03 - 6:12 p.m.
And I should have asked more questions about the shelter in the first place. On the first day, when I mentioned to the shelter woman that the cat had a sneeze, she told us not to worry, that *none* of her cats had URI. But later, when I questioned her on it again, she said, that out of her 40 cats, only a *few* of them had it, but she thought it was no big deal. Also, we were never allowed to visit the shelter. She brought the cat to us. She was very shifty about us not coming to her. Hmmm.
Anyway, during the few days that we had the kitty, I was emailing with Marn, who has had quite a bit of experience adopting from shelters. I asked her if she would let me excerpt some of her emails here because she had some good information, so here you go:
"The shelter we adopted from was very strict about insisting that we quarantine any adoptive cat from our other cats for at least two weeks just in case the cat brought in a respiratory infection. Quarantine also helps your existing cats get used to the idea that there is a stranger in the household, but that their own place in your home is secure.
So after all that, I'm not sure yet if I'm going to try to adopt again. I'm going to wait a while. The whole experience was too heart breaking. On the up side, though, our existing cat is as healthy as ever. She had a couple of sneezes while the new cat was here, which made us worry even more, but she seems fine now. So stay tuned....I will eventually get back to blogging about "The Cow." Really!
2007-08-26 - 9:39 p.m.
Bali the cat is in the House!
She is almost identical to our cat, Ember. They could be twins, except that Bali has polydactyl paws. She not only has extra toes, it looks like she has two paws on each foot. Very cool.
For now we're just going to foster her. I'm not sure how she's going to get along with Ember....or with us. She's been really shy all day and wants to hide in the most obscure places. Ember just wants to growl and hiss whenever she finds her. So we'll see. We have 2 weeks to decide. So stay tuned, and buckle your seatbelts....this may be a bumpy ride. Wish us luck!
(The above photo is of Bali, stolen from the adoption website. The below photo is of Ember.
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2007-08-24 - 1:14 a.m.
But just for a brief update:
My parents are in town, and amazingly they now allow drinking again. Tonight: 2 bottles of champagne and 3 glasses of wine between the 4 of us. We're going to Napa for more drinking on Saturday. Crazy parents!
Sunday, we may be adopting another cat. She is almost a twin of the cat we adopted in January. We're not committing to anything at this point, but we're going to take a look.
There's more, but for now, stay tuned.......
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