guess i'll have a multi-cat household, after all!
we went to petsmart today to get some food for my rats. my daughter wanted to see the kitties. there were a few cats from the local pound looking for homes. they were "long timers" (adoptable more than 14 days) at the pound, and had reduced adoption fees. one caught our eye. he looked so much like a past foster, that my husband had loved and wanted to keep. we asked to see this boy. he rubbed against my hand and then just laid down on the table, purring for all he was worth. when my daughter (not quite two) squealed in excitement, he just looked at her and did that long, slow blink thing, never pausing with the purring.
so, we adopted him. he is between 3-4 years old, neutered, and negative for all the nasties. he is SO skinny! i can feel his poor spine! we brought him home and i got him settled in our bedroom. he promptly hid under the bed, which i expected. tonight, after i got the baby down, put the dogs up for the night, i went to lay down and ready for a while. i was talking softly, just to get him use to the sound of my voice. i told him it was quiet now, just him and i, and if he felt like coming out to join me, he could. i told him he would have a good home, with lots of love and toys and good food. i told him if he wanted to stay under the bed a while longer, i'd understand. well, he crawled out from under the bed and jumped right up with me. he purred and rubbed and headbutted and doomalocked for all he was worth. after a few minutes of love, he laid down near by and watched me with half opened eyes, purring all the while.
i noticed something, though, that i didn't notice at petsmart. i noticed before we adopted him that his back end (hips/legs) felt a little funny, but i thought it was because he's just so skinny. i noticed tonight, though, that he favors one of his legs. he walks a few steps, then picks it up and hops. he seems to hold both legs, but particularly that one, very straight. have you ever seen a dog frog leg? where they lay on their belly with their back legs straight out behind them? it's common and normal with dogs, but i have never seen a cat do it. this boy wasn't exactly frog legging, but he was holding his one leg out kinda behind him in a way that reminded me of that. i'm going to call tomorrow to set up an initial vet visit, and that's definitely something i'll have them look at.
other than that, he is a sweet, beautiful boy! i don't want to start harassing him with the camera just yet, so y'all will have to wait for pictures! he's a very small (even if he wasn't so skinny), medium haired gray boy. i haven't settled on a name for him yet, i want to get to know him a little better first.
kimo comes home on april 22. i'd been considering adopting a second cat after he was here and settled. guess the second cat decided he wanted to come first! my concern now is- i was thinking about a second cat because sphynxes are so active, and i wanted kimo to have someone to play with. i'm worried if this boy has something wrong with his legs, he won't be able to play as well....
proud mama to one kid, two dogs, three elderly ferrets, and a mischief of girly rats.
kimo kawaii- the red and white sphynx boy
sol- the fluffy "anti-kimo" rescue boy