There's no turning back now, this new little kitty is ours. My husband is REALLY caught up on the name Buddy (he had a dog in childhood with the same name) so Buddy is what it is. After all, he does seem like my husband's little buddy. Buddy won't let him take a step without weaving in and out of his legs, as long as Buddy can see him.
Hubby came home for lunch around noon today and wouldn't you know it, Buddy was there again! Today was the very first time we had seen him during the normal daytime worker's hours so to me this is the clencher. He HAS to be wandering around on his own, lonely and homeless, looking for someone to love him.
I called out to him, he turned as he heard my voice, tried to paw his way through the fence between the two yards but when he couldn't accomplish that he remembered all on his own how to get from that yard to ours. He had to go through the yard to the east, turn south and walk about 50 feet and then turn west and come through our eastward neighbor's yard to get here and he did it all on his own.
My husband put a lawn chair (with a fresh cushion on it!) on the ground for him to lay on if he wanted. He positioned the chair so George and Herbie really can't see him from where they look out the patio door.
I think starting tonight we're going to have Buddy sleep in our garage so we can be sure he's around when we need to take him to the vet. I've called and got an appointment for Buddy to be checked over for all the feline diseases on Thursday (pray that he checks out alright!!!) and as long as he clears all those tests our vet is going to do the little snip-snip on Tuesday, July 6th. That's the earliest we could get him in but when you think about it it is only 10 days or so.
From the time he is cleared for feline disease until the time he gets neutered we are going to keep him in our garage because I don't want to take the chance of him spraying anywhere in the house. THEN comes the fun part of actually keeping him in a room by himself for a while and making slow intros to George and Herbie. That's really the only part about this that I'm apprehensive about.
Also, if I could get the opinions of other cat owners please, what is it like for 3 cats to be living together? I once heard that if you are going to have cats to keep them in even numbers but we REALLY want to stop with 3. We'll run out of house pretty soon if we don't!
Anyway, can 3 cats really learn to get along and not end up leaving somebody out? Right now George and Herbie are truly 'bosom buddies' and I really don't want to change that, I just want them to feel like they can include Buddy in on the fun.
Well, I really need to stop and get back to work. Sometimes I HATE working at home, but I guess if I didn't I wouldn't be able to be with my cats as often as I am, so there's a plus!