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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-24-2013, 12:42 PM Thread Starter
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Hi Everyone,
My name is Tricia, live in Massachusetts - on my own for awhile now. My kids are 25 and 23. I have been divorced for ten years. I work fulltime Mon-Fri. I am pursuing a degree in Business Management- I expect to graduate in May with an Associate's and will continue to a four year college. I live in a 3 bedroom townhouse with lots of stairs!

I had been thinking for a long time about adopting a cat and took the plunge yesterday. I am a favorite cat sitter for many of my friends and for my daughter's two cats when she is away. However, this pet ownership is new to me. I did have a parakeet in the 90's that lived for 14 years.

My new addition's name is Bootsie, a tuxedo cat. She is 6 years old. Spayed, and micro chipped at the shelter. She was brought to the shelter in December when she was about to give birth. Her owner left her with the room mate and the room mate didn't know what to do. She kept her as a foster cat until the kittens were born and old enough to be adopted. All the kittens were adopted right away but Bootsie had been at the shelter since October. In December she was hosted by the Pet store and has lived there in a crate for the past couple of months. She is a little bit chubby - I suspect due to lack of exercise.

She seems to like being with people and came right over to my daughter when my daughter came yesterday to visit with her. Right now she is hiding under my bed since I went to bed last night.

I look forward to learning from you all how to be the best cat provider ever

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-28-2013, 12:35 AM
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Congratulations on having your very own kitty! We'll look forward to hearing about your adventures with Bootsie.
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Congrats on adopting an adult kitty! Bootsie will bring you many years of happiness and laughter.

Also congratulations on graduating in may. Good for you! I'm also returning back to school but going into vet med.

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Awe I love tuxedo kitties.... I have a soft spot for them because I had one when I was growing up named Samson. Well welcome and feel free to ask us any questions!!! Pics of the new kitty would be awesome too

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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-28-2013, 08:36 AM
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Aww, good job adopting an older momma cat They often take a while to find homes.

She is most likely chubby due to the fact that she did not get adequate exercise and she was probably free fed dry food while she was in the shelter/pet store. The thing that I like to emphasize the most to new cat owners is the importance of a good diet. Raw is best of course, but if that is not something you want to tackle, a high- quality grain-free canned diet is the next best. Dry food is bad! Most of it is made of carbs and fillers that cats were not designed to digest. Not only that, but cats are desert animals, and naturally have a low thirst drive. Their moisture should come from their food. Cats on an all dry diet are constantly dehydrated.

These are two of my favorite sites on cat behavior and nutrition:

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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-28-2013, 01:23 PM
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Congratulations on your new kitty! She will bring a lot of joy into your life. Can not wait to see pictures of Bootsie!
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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-28-2013, 02:04 PM
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Congrats on your adoption! Bootsie lucked out, especially finding someone who's as conscientious as you are.

Looking forward to seeing pictures.

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Wow! Thanks for adopting an older kitty. She may hide for a few days or maybe longer, but be patient, gentle and talk sweetly to her. My 12 year old Sam hid for days under the bed. I used to sit near the edge and just talk sweetly or sing softly while holding a bowl of yummies. She will come out more and more and you will have a new best friend in no time! Thanks again for saving a life! I hope you have many, many happy years together!.....and welcome to the site!

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