So I decided on the shelter cat instead of the craigslist cat. In the end, I decided that they both needed good homes, so I picked the cat that really felt like the right one for me. He thanked me for adopting him by peeing in my car then pooping as we left PetSmart. Unfortunately I didn't have my cat carriers on me and nothing in my car to clean him up with. So the poor guy had to stay in his cardboard carrier until we got him where he had to get a bath. What a way to say 'welcome to your new home'. But instead of ending up with a cat with possible unknown health issues I picked a sick kitty with mostly known health issues. Right now he has a URI and some soreness/swelling at his neuter incision. The vet also found ulcers in his mouth and was surprised him that the new kitty was not only eating, but right now eating about 2 to 3 times what he should be eating (I tend to overfeed my shelter cats the first few days...they usually can stand a bit of fattening up
). The ulcers are probably herpes virus and we got some medicine treats to give him. The shelter vet tech said that it was obvious that his previous owners fed him terrible food and just didn't take good care of him. His fur is really coarse like he didn't get good food or much petting or brushing and he's just a bit rough around the edges. So I failed on avoiding getting a cat that could make my other ones sick, but he at least doesn't have anything serious.
The poor little guy has be to quarantined from the other kitties for about three weeks total. But I know our bathroom is bigger and better for him than his little cage in the sick room at the shelter. He is alone most of the day, but he'll probably get better faster than he would if he stayed at the shelter surrounded by other sick cats. I kind of anxious to see how he acts when he's not sick because he is already a feisty little ball of energy. I bought him a couple cheap toys to play with while he's sick and he goes nuts with those things. I supposed I should have thought ahead about having to listen to a cat play with a toy that rattles at 2am. He loves climbing in my lap and playing/pawing at me but he will roll over a lot to play and roll off my lap and he just climbs back in and rolls off again. He is quite a talker too. He doesn't really stop purring and meowing when I'm in there with him and for a little while after I leave him alone again. He is a little guy though -- only about 6 lbs and small in stature. He definitely looks more like a bigger kitten than a little over a year old. He does remind me of Leo quite a bit, but in a good way. His mannerisms are a bit like Leo's, he sounds a bit like Leo and he's similar is size/stature as Leo, but maybe a little bit smaller. I did notice in one of his pictures though that his ears are kinda big..haha. I do feel a little better now that we have him. I
miss Leo, but at least I have a kitty similar to him to cuddle with when I'm missing him.
The only problem about this little is that he doesn't have a name yet! I want to stay away from anything similar to Leo and probably anything meaning lion but I haven't ruled that out completely. I want something that really suits him, so something that means feisty, fiery, red, tiny/small. I'm really bad at choosing names because I'm kinda picky. For me, I want it to be a name I like and has a good meaning or is well suited to his personality. I've looked up tons of names online but I'm still not sure. Any suggestions????
Some pics of the little guy:
playing in the tub:
still at the shelter vet, trying to get me to let him out by rubbing on the cage door:
edited to add poll.