Progress! -- It's kind of a two step forward one step back kinda thing.
We've finally named him Frodo. With the poor little guy having lost one of his claws (his front left ?thumb? claw) we decided to name him after the hobbit who was in the same predicament. It rolls off the tongue and has a simple enough sound for the cat to be able to learn his name easily. (More on the names of our previous cats later.)
Since the first posting we have now managed to a) have him crawl out of his 'hobbit' hole to come to the food bowl with us sitting there, b) turn over for a belly rub (which he REALLY likes -- even when you play with his feet!!) and c) most importantly the kitten finally played!
That was the biggest relief for me, personally. I was discouraged that the kitten hadn't played. Our puff ball with a bell on a 12 inch spring finally got the better of him. We bounced the puff ball back and forth and after a while he quit trying so hard NOT to look at it and took notice. It was so funny to watch his slow kitten reflexes not keep up with the ball as we moved it faster. He couldn't keep up, got out of sync and looked so silly! After flopping it around a while we flopped it towards him and he had to look at it like a cross-eyed drunk. We held it out in front of him for a bit, he sniffed it and finally moved a tentative paw towards it. His curiosity was hooked when it moved away from his paw and he seemed to have forgotten to be uncomfortable and started attacking the puff-ball. Later on that evening and through the night..and in the morning.... we heard occasional dinging coming from the bell as he played.
One thing we've noticed is that he becomes VERY comfortable if we've been holding and petting him. I even let him explore our master bedroom a couple of days ago. If we leave him for an extended period of time though, he seems to revert back to the hissing and hiding.
I think we are going to have SOMEONE hold and hang on to him as much as we can today. We are also going to get a pet carrier so we can move him around more family activities.
Other cat names:
"Q" (Queue ) A Siamese kitten with an unusually long tail. He would change his tail in circles making scratching noises on the carpet as he used is claws for better traction. So we named him Queue--the French word for Tail. "Q" was the first kitten my wife and I had we got. He was a wild kitten from a barn(Probably from a domesticated mother who had moved into the barn to give birth). He was a real flea bag! We brought him home, placed him in the bathtub, and used some Adams Flea and Tick spray on him. If I remember correctly we counted over 50 fleas that jumped off of him only to die in mid air it seemed. We took him to the vet the next day and the vet 'unclogged' him. It seems he had been eating straw...and was making a brick! The vet said he would not have been long for this world had we not brought him in.
"D" (Diana) - A rescued kitten from the 'shelter' and playmate for 'Q'. Lots of medical bills there to get her over the kitty respiratory illness she developed (probably from other cats at the SPCA). She was unable to adjust to our having children and refused to be a part of the family. Had to give her away for safety reasons. "Q" was crushed.
"Bunny" (Dust bunny) was exactly that when we rescued him from a shelter. Teeny tiny wobbly thing wound up being a massive light gray furball that dominated the house. "Q" coward in Bunny's presence. Bunny developed unacceptable behavior problems and decided he didn't want to live with the family. Sad.. "Q" was relieved though. We just stuck with "Q" at that point and let him live out his remaining life alone with his family.
"Spot" the kitty (because 'Target' just didn't sound right) was the new love of our life until he didn't come home one day. He was an outdoor farm cat -- our first attempt at an indoor/outdoor cat. A VERY good and wonderful cat. It was a BIG loss to lose that tyke.
..and now "Frodo". Hopefully we can keep in indoors.
Ok...well...I don't know how much of this 2nd book was on topic -- but you guys ARE cat lovers...so..there it is..
I gotta get to work so catch ya later. I'll update when there is further progress.