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Some of you may remember the three little stories I wrote about cats in my life. This is the long-delayed fourth story.

[December 10] They’re Girls!

It’s now 8:20 in the evening. The cats have been home for almost two hours. They survived the trip home from the Anti-Cruelty Society, with muffled complaints and elimination products in their cat carriers. They were only at the shelter for two or three weeks, seem to be in excellent health, and are “slightly” obese.

Lily, the shelter’s cat specialist, did a great job selecting them. The cats and I had an instant connection. They are mother (age 7) and daughter (age 5). Someone at the shelter named them Mama and Beebers (revolting! — that must change). I can’t yet tell them apart by appearance, although their personalities make them distinct. One is very adventurous and snuggly, the other is more cautious. They both respond readily to petting and chin scratching. They’re both black, as far as I can tell, but the adoption papers read “black and white.”

My plan to start them out in the “cat room” failed immediately. As most other such stories state, they quickly found a place to hide—under a table in the living room. But it didn’t take long for the more adventurous of the two to come out and explore. And her more cautious relative soon joined her in exploring the whole house. The basement has so far been off-limits.

I put food and water out, and Miss Adventurous has snacked already. Miss Cautious hasn’t eaten yet, as far as I can tell. There’s as yet no sign that they’ve used a litter pan, although they seem to know where they are. Both cats had a good wash, which was sorely needed after the trip home.

10:20 PM: The cats have toured the house, and inspected everything at floor level. I had a nice lap-sitting session with one of them, and another one on the floor, cat on my lap, nose nuzzling my face. They are, to quote Lily, “snuggle bunnies.” I put one on the cat bed, and she took to it. The other cat has yet to find a comfy spot. To counter their tendency to snack as long as there’s food out, I put the unused portion back in the bag. They’ve found that the carpet entrance mat at the front door makes a great scratching post. That may
be what the adoption history describes as “landlord issues.”

Tonight will be interesting. And I have a furniture delivery scheduled for tomorrow morning.

[December 11] Sofa delivery.

The night was uneventful. The cats didn’t come in my bedroom. They haven’t yet decided to climb up on things.

After rocky scheduling, my new three-seater sofa arrived. For safety’s sake, I put the cats into “their” room for about two hours. When I opened their door, one cat was ensconced on the cat bed. The other was tucked into the “cat castle.” Both seemed calm about their temporary imprisonment. They followed me down to the living room, examined the sofa, and approved. The cats took to it immediately. See the photo. I’ve had a pleasant morning on the sofa reading and petting the cats. They’ve washed each other, and one has discovered the kitty TV out the large living room window.
 

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Awww! You adopted two adults - and a black mom and baby no less!! Thank you for saving their lives. Being black and adults is difficult to adopt out for some reason, so they are blessed you adopted them both! I hope they reward you with kitty kisses for years and years!!!
 

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I'm so glad you got your girls and that you're enjoying their company so far!!! I have often wondered how you were doing and if you still had plans to adopt.

WB and I can't wait to hear more about the ladies.
 

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They are just beautiful, congratulations! You all sound as if you are geting to know each other famously :) So wonderful to read about them being so happy.
 

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Thanks to everyone for their warm, supportive replies.

I expect the next phase (when they start jumping onto things) will be a challenge. They don't seem that interested in getting up on counters. My lap -- much more so. ;-)

I also need to find a vet -- looking at cat-only vets. And get two carriers -- the cardboard jobs from the shelter were destroyed.

Stay tuned!
 

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Two little sickies on my hands

[December 12] Miss Cautious (pretty sure she's mom) started sneezing and licking her drippy nose. She sneezed on her daughter, who caught the infection too. The shelter information sheet stated that the stresses of the shelter and adoption can result in cats getting an upper respiratory infection. It also said that such infections run their course like human colds. I talked to the vet at the shelter clinic. He said as long as they're eating, we needn't do anything. He did say that if their noses get stuffy, they might eat less. He suggested trying other foods. I have many to choose from, but the sudden change may backfire. We'll see.

[December 14] This morning, their appetites are definitely off. Miss Cautious is content to sit huddled on the sofa. Miss Adventurous has already knocked a box off a pile of them in the living room. I think their sneezing is not as frequent. I debated last night about taking them to an animal emergency room. Then I looked up the reviews and saw the high prices and inconsistent responses from pet parents. I don't yet have carriers for them, so fixing up boxes with old towels at the bottom would have to do. Carriers are coming from Amazon on Tuesday. So now it's a waiting game. I feel so sorry for the little sickies.

Finding a vet will also be interesting. I'd prefer a cats-only clinic, but must balance that against travel time.

We're also due to get two to five inches of snow today.

More to come....
 

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Three recommendations for the sicky kitties:

Try using stinkier foods, like a fish-based wet food. The stronger the smell, the more likely they will be able to smell it through their congestion and eat it.

Try some time in a steamy bathroom to loosen congestion.

There's an amino acid called L-Lysine that is given to cats who have the feline herpes virus (a very common ailment). Lysine is available in products formulated specifically for cats (such as Viralys) or in less expensive supplements created for humans. Even if they don't have herpes, it wouldn't hurt them and may actually help with their symptoms.
 

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Everything Nebraska cat said, he nailed it all.

I would put them in the bathroom first (before each feeding) and let them steam. I open the shower curtain halfway, put the water on in the shower (not just the tub) on the hottest setting. Deposit cat(s) and shut the door. Then I put a rolled up towel against the bottom of the door to prevent escaping steam.

After about 30 minutes (that's how long my hot water lasts) I let them out and have their food ready and waiting so they can eat while their noses are still fresh and open. You'll know its helping because they'll be making sneezing and snotting sounds to expel all the gunk that loosened in the bathroom. It's gross and satisfying all at the same time.

If they have colds I try to keep the apartment a bit warmer than usual.

You can get Llysine(for humans) at any drug store. I get whatever they have (capsules are easier but you can always crush the tablets) and just mix the powder right into their food. They won't taste it. If they are sick I'd probably give them a super dose of like 500 morning and evening (for a total of 1000) back it off as they start getting better.
 

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Recommendations for the sickies

Three recommendations for the sicky kitties:

Try using stinkier foods, like a fish-based wet food. The stronger the smell, the more likely they will be able to smell it through their congestion and eat it.

Try some time in a steamy bathroom to loosen congestion.

There's an amino acid called L-Lysine that is given to cats who have the feline herpes virus (a very common ailment). Lysine is available in products formulated specifically for cats (such as Viralys) or in less expensive supplements created for humans. Even if they don't have herpes, it wouldn't hurt them and may actually help with their symptoms.
Thanks for the tips. I have salmon, tuna, and trout in wet foods. Started them on Science Diet dry, since that's what they got at the shelter. They sent along three cans of trout, so maybe they're used to that too. I'll give it a try.

I'm reluctant to steam them. Does that work?

I also hesitate to medicate them without talking to a vet.

I'd welcome other forum members' experiences with sniffly cats.

Right now, Miss Cautious is huddled on the PurrPadd on the sofa. Miss Adventurous is tucked inside level 2 of the cat castle upstairs.
 

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Everything Nebraska cat said, he nailed it all.

I would put them in the bathroom first (before each feeding) and let them steam. I open the shower curtain halfway, put the water on in the shower (not just the tub) on the hottest setting. Deposit cat(s) and shut the door. Then I put a rolled up towel against the bottom of the door to prevent escaping steam.

After about 30 minutes (that's how long my hot water lasts) I let them out and have their food ready and waiting so they can eat while their noses are still fresh and open. You'll know its helping because they'll be making sneezing and snotting sounds to expel all the gunk that loosened in the bathroom. It's gross and satisfying all at the same time.

If they have colds I try to keep the apartment a bit warmer than usual.

You can get Llysine(for humans) at any drug store. I get whatever they have (capsules are easier but you can always crush the tablets) and just mix the powder right into their food. They won't taste it. If they are sick I'd probably give them a super dose of like 500 morning and evening (for a total of 1000) back it off as they start getting better.
Thanks, MowMow. Replied to Nebraska Cat before I saw your reply.

Right now, they're both snoozing and they ate (a little) this morning. So I'll wait until the evening feeding to put them in the steam room.

There's already 3 inches of snow on the ground here and more falling. I'm lucky that it's a one block walk (1/8 mile) to the drugstore. I'll get over there later today. And I cranked up the heat.
 

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HA!! THAT was funny!.
You can go stand in the corner with NebraskaCat.

Also, I don't think I ever adopted a kitty that didn't also come with a cold or URI of some description. It can take a couple weeks to ride this out so be patient. May get a bit worse before it gets better. Not a lot can be done.
Stuff I read said that URIs are very common and easily transmitted, so no surprise there.

My two medical consultants recommend shower steaming and L-lysine. They're worth a shot.
 
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