Sunday, November 9, 2014
Welcome Maggie May...
After a busy week with Eric on day shift and me attending to different obligations, we enjoyed a day together yesterday of sushi and grocery shopping. Everything was going as planned until we were heading out of Fred Meyer around 3:30pm. A woman and her son were standing off to the side with a box that said "Free Kittens." This little girl kitty is the last one, they said. 9 weeks old, litter box trained, de-wormed, but no shots yet.
I picked up the little gray kitten with her white chin and feet, looking at Eric. "We could take in another cat," he said. "Get her if you want." I told the lady we would take her, despite the fact that I'm leaving for California tomorrow to visit family for a week.
Our relaxing evening turned into setting up newly named Maggie May in the big soft carrier with a kitten sized litter box, food and water bowls, a blankie and a couple of catnip mice. It seemed like every task I started once we brought her home only got halfway done and we were all so tired by bedtime. She meowed a lot all night and sleep was pretty elusive, especially once she got her energy after what was probably a chaotic and confusing day.
This morning I woke up tired after 4-5 hours of sleep, still managed to get my 10,000 steps in before breakfast (Eric too,) and then we spent the morning making decisions about where to put the kitten and what to put her in while Eric is on his 12-hour shifts and I'm away. Acclimating her to upstairs and to the other 2 cats will have to wait.
She now has a big crate, complete with an in-progress obstacle course that Eric is making for her. A few test runs show that it will be a great success when it is all finished. Darcy, the 18 year old kitty has resigned himself to the new addition. Ramius, the 5 year old, always full of drama, has been pouting for hours. Five years ago HE was the tiny new, unexpected, addition!
With Darcy being 18, we probably won't be a 3 kitty household for very long. And, although Ramius would've done just fine being a "one cat cat," he has a little adopted sister he'll have to eventually adjust to.
Maggie May is as cute as can be, loves sleeping in the crook of Eric's arm, and has already shown a lot of trust in her new surroundings. We take GOOD care of kitties in this house. She's very lucky! So are we.