My Sweet, Spunky Tortoiseshell With White Cat
Last year we already had 3 rescued kitties in our family but we always wanted to rescue as many cats as possible as long as we could care for them well. Every time I went to PetSmart and saw the kitties needing homes it was everything I could do not to adopt them all. We are in an apartment now so we know we can’t have unlimited numbers of pets. My husband is just as much of a softy as me when it comes to cats which seems a bit ironic for the big tough U.S. Marine! Sooo, when we got settled in to our new place and my husband said we needed another kitty, I couldn’t argue since I wanted one too. I had no idea I would find my sweet, spunky tortoiseshell with white cat soon.
How I Found My Spunky Girl
On my next trip to get cat food at PetSmart I looked at the kitties as I always do and saw the cutest little calico girl. She was there on display to get adopted from the same rescue group that we had received both of our boys from in the past. I saw on the sign it said she was 14! She had lived in the same home all her life. I could not imagine how traumatic it must be for her to be homeless after 14 years! She was a polydactile or Hemmingway kitty with extra toes on all 4 feet. Her large paws were obvious on her petite frame. The first time I just talked to her through the glass and she seemed to really enjoy the attention. I went home and told my husband about her and he immediately said “We Need to Get Her”. The fact that she was 14 and sweet and needed a home was all he needed to hear. The next time I went in I met her and got to hold her. She was sweet and I saw she drooled. They said she drools when she is happy. I guess she was happy to have some love.
So Happy To Have a New Home
The third time I brought my husband and we adopted her on the spot. She clung to my husband for dear life and purred and drooled. I don’t know if it is a long hair cat thing but my Norwegian Forest Cat boy drools when he is happy too! She had a male owner and actually prefers men which is unusual. We had her checked out at the vet since we were worried there could be something wrong with her teeth or mouth, but the vet confirmed she was extremely healthy and must indeed drool out of happiness! Ironically, her teeth and gums are healthier than all our other cats who range in age from 6-10. Her teeth are shockingly good for her age. She is also totally healthy. She jumps up on anything she wants just like the other cats. She is very springy…all thin and wirey like a young cat that hasn’t gotten flabby or lazy yet. She is thinner than all our other cats but has a great appetite.
Calico or Tortoiseshell With White Cat?
Generally speaking a calico has white whereas a tortoiseshell cat does not. I thought of her as a calico. My little beauty is actually a “tortoiseshell with white” I was informed rather than a “calico” as I think of her. A calico would not have different colors of fur mixed together but would have the different colors in separate areas. Our girl has different color patches but some of them have a mix of black and red making her a tortoiseshell. She also has white patches so therefore she is technically the “tortoiseshell with white”.
14 Years Old and Perfectly Healthy
So the senior kitty is healthy, spunky, strong, tiny, cute, has extra toes and top it off she is extremely smart. She has done things like drink water when I tell her to and eat food when I tell her to. She comes when called and will come when I just look at her now. She has also laid down when I tell her to lay down. She got picked on a bit by our first kitty boy in the beginning and we were constantly punishing him when he picked on her. He got dunked under the faucet on many occasions. (Note: Don’t ever get water in a cat’s ears since they can get ear infections. We did not do this since I knew not to). We had to resort to this after the squirt bottle was no longer a deterrent. Now however, she is becoming totally self sufficient and he hardly every picks on her. She has established herself as an equal member of the household and nobody messes with her much. Maybe her extra claws come in handy. She is literally half the size of my huge 16 pound boys but she holds her own and everyone has come to respect her. My largest boy, the Norwegian Forest Cat is actually her favorite and they are getting to be buddies and sometimes sleep near each other. It is nice for both of them to have each other since my first two are now a bonded pair and cuddle together every day (and fight a lot too).
Settled Into the Family
Our sweet little girl now goes wherever she wants rather than hiding in her little nooks where the others can’t fit. She also sleeps on the bed and loves to curl up right by my head. She comes up to each of us with the sweetest little chirp and asks for loves. She is absolutely adorable and we love her just like the others. Each of our kitties is special, unique and adored. They get wet food and dry food every day with special supplements to keep them healthy, toys, a tall cat tree and birds to watch out the window. They get regular vet care and are loved every single day of their lives.
This shows that all different ages, breeds, genders and cats of different backgrounds can come together in a family. They all get along now, they respect each other’s space and take turns getting cuddles and loves from us. I often have one kitty perched sleeping behind me on my chair and another in my lap or one on feet and another curled up by my head. They don’t get jealous of each other and all act generally respectful. It was hard when we brought each new kitty in with some fights and lots of hissing and grumbling. They all get over it though and now love each other.
Time To Integrate A New Cat
It does not happen automatically. We had to be up late at night and break up fights, separate them at times and escort our newest girl to the bathroom for her own time to eat each day for months. We had to stay home all summer and not go on any trips overnight since we didn’t want to leave them alone. It can be hard at first but it is wonderful when you have a big, happy, cohesive family.
My sweet, senior girl is playing with a squeaking, catnip mouse as I write this, while all her younger “siblings” are asleep!
Adopt a Senior Cat
If you have the chance to adopt a senior cat, seriously consider it. My husband and I will only adopt older cats since that is where we can do the most good. Everyone wants kittens and puppies but the older pets can be great and they really, really need you. They will be very appreciative and shower you with love.
Products to Help Integrate a New Cat
If you have a multi-cat home and any of your cats don’t get along, don’t despair! It can get better! Try these products to ease the transition. Jackson Galaxy Safe Space for Cats Drops. Sentry Calming Collars
If you are adding a new cat or dealing with a cat that has anxiety or behavior problems you can use the products that I do for my jumpy boy. They truly work. Check out my reviews here. Jackson Galaxy Safe Space For Cats Drops Review and Sentry Calming Collar for Cats Review.
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