A Tribute to Trouble
I love this picture of Trouble that Alice sent a while back and that was posted here. It might look by the picture that he's causing trouble by messing with the printer, but I think he was just being helpful in un-jamming the paper.
As most of you know, Alice got some bad news about Trouble's health, that he has FIP and that she'll have to help him to the Rainbow Bridge.
Alice mentioned below that she wants to get a companion for Scooter, Trouble's buddy, and that she was thinking of a cat Toby she saw on the Cats Are Us Web site. I checked with Cats Are Us, and I think Alice might have clicked on the wrong link of cats that already got adopted (the happy tales link), because Toby has a new home. However, as I told Alice below, there are many, many wonderful cats at Cats Are Us, and that Suzanne and Greta can help her find a good match for Scooter, as they know all the cats' personalities and know who is good with other cats, etc. So Alice, please let us know if you visit the shelter and what happens! As Suzanne says, cats often pick out their people! When I lost Yogi, I thought I'd get another cat that looked like him, but then I fell for Catfish, who is nothing like Yogi was. I think the same thing will happen to you if you go there--you'll simply get a feeling when you find "the one."
So how have you all integrated a new pet into a house full of other pets? I had always thought that opposite sex pets are the best for the buddy system, but found out that two male cats are often great together, as are Catfish and Tarzan. Of course, when you bring in a new cat or a new dog, the resident pets sometimes get miffed and you might have a few spats--especially with cats--but that's perfectly natural.
Too many people want to bring a cat back to the shelter too soon, because they say it doesn't get along with a resident cat. The thing is to give it time and introduce them gradually. Keep the new cat in a room by itself at first, letting the others get used to the scent, then letting them see each other through a pet carrier maybe, or other separation, then allowing them contact. When I brought Catfish home, he was traumatized by his new surroundings after being in the shelter for a year or more, and he hid for THREE WEEKS. I never saw him and only knew he was there by the litter box deposits and the food he ate!
We all know how hard it is to loose a pet to accident or illness, but we also know that good does come from bad in that another homeless pet is given a chance at a new life. I think all our departed pets look down and are thrilled to see someone become as lucky as they were to have such a good life with a wonderful family of pet lovers.
Do you have any stories of good that ultimately came from losing a pet? I still haven't told Yogi's story, but even though his death was devastating to me, a lot of good came from it, which I will tell you soon.
posted by Sandy at 4/16/2007 08:36:00 AM