First time cat owner (adoptee)- Help!
Hello all. As of four days ago I became a reluctant first-time cat owner. A stray cat showed up at my girlfriend’s house, and her family, being cat lovers, started to feed her and give her all kinds of attention. But they couldn’t adopt her because my girlfriend’s dad wouldn’t let them- and some how they suckered me into adopting her. I’ll admit, she’s pretty cute, and she’s surprisingly friendly. I named her Atramentaceous (meaning ink-like)- Atra for short. She’s an all black cat with the typical yellow eyes. The vet said she’s about four years old. At the vet she was timid but very calm.
When I brought her home she just slept all day and didn’t eat anything (I’m assuming the vaccinations might have drained her energy and she was probably anxious). After the first day she started to move around and explore my living room, she began to eat, and she started to use her litter box. Now, by the forth day, she follows me around everywhere, she always wants to sit on my lap, she always lets me pick her up, and she never minds me petting her or rubbing her chin. She doesn’t seem to be interested in any of the toys I got her (remote control mouse, feather-teaser, catnip toys, balls, etc.). She meows a lot. Whenever we’re in the same room together or when she’s exploring she’ll be perpetually meowing. Is this just her personality or is she trying to tell me something? She loves to drink water from the facet. I’ve been locking her in the room with her kitty litter at night; I’m afraid she might not be fully acclimated yet. When should I begin to fully trust her? When do you think she’ll be fully acclimated to her new home? I’d like to take her for walks- do I need to wait until she’s fully acclimated to do that? Sometimes she shakes her rear-end vigorously while arching her back- is this normal/okay?
Thanks for your help!