Thanks for the warm welcome everyone. Where are you all from? I live in the Uk and I get the impression many people on here are from the USA. If that's the case, I'll log on late at night instead. :wink:
Pictures would be good but, er..how do I do that? I don't have a digital camera but my son uses a web cam. Should I use that instead? I tried mailing a friend with pictures from the webcam of my rabbit (french lop, who at 4 months old is now bigger than any of my cats!) but I didn't think much of the quality of them.
I have a bit of a sad story to tell about 2 of my cats actually, which is why I had a look for a site like this in the first place. I've had Charlie (my blue point) for 7 years and he's fantastic - real 'lad' though. About a year ago I took on two former queens; Pandora, my seal point and Nakita (her grandmother) who's a tortie. Within a few days it became very apparent that these two little ladies were going to take a long time to settle in. They were very both nervous, etc. A year down the line there's been some progress. Both now go out in the garden with confidence and I think they're fairly settled but certain patterns in their behaviour would suggest to me that these cats have had little human contact. It's almost as though they've been caged for most of their life. Pandora hates being picked up but likes being stroked - I have to go to her though and I can't get near to Nakita, who's only allowed me 2 very slow strokes since her arrival.
Neither of them 'talk', rather, they occasionally mew, just like newborns.
Neither of them know how to play either! Should I try and encourage them some more, or just accept that this has been a real learning curve for them anyway.
Well, you can post both early and late, since we're a few from Europe as well as these americans... you can satisfy us all.
Anyway, sad to hear about your ladies. It sounds like it needs a lot of work to get them "humanized". But I'm always hopeful, Siamese are so intelligent and with some stubborness and hard work I'm sure you'll make their lives a lot better.
Regarding pictures (a must!), yes I think the web cam can do, even if it won't be the greatest pictures, it's pictures! You can upload them from your computer to the section called "Cat Photos" here (look at the top right corner) and then you can post the link to them in a message. Just use the Img-button and then post the link and close the tag after the link (images should end with jpg, gif, png, etc).
Hi fellow Siamese owner!
You're so lucky to have 3! I only have one, but she went through a similar situation. She was at a breeder who dumped her at the vet to be put to sleep when the didn't want her. When I got her home she acted a lot like your girls do, it seems she was abused. However, after 6 years with her she has made a lot of improvement. I don't think your kitties will ever forget, mine is still very nervous and shy. But she has definately bonded. Thier true Siamese personality (friendly and very attached to one person) will probably show soon, at least towards family. I just had to spend as much time as I could being around her until she got used to me. Also, your kitties will probably take comfort from each other at first. Let me know if you have any other questions and good luck!
And yet another Siamese mother! I have a blue point male and a seal point female, both five years old. I used to breed them. What happened to your cats (both of you) is cruelty! It's like having a living money maker, not a pet who has an occasional litter, and has the benefit of the breed in mind. Poor babies. Thank God you rescued them.