This is the first of a series of backlog posts I've been meaning to make over the past couple weeks. They're not really timely at this point, but I'd still like to document them nonetheless.
We have officially decided to keep the little kitty that had been hanging around our house for so long. There were a couple of possibilities of people who might have been able to take her, but nothing really solid or definite. And I admit that in the time I was waiting I ended up getting attached to her.
at_spinners_end will be pleased to know that I have also officially accepted her suggested name of Gadget. She doesn't respond to the name as of yet, but I'm guessing she'll figure it out if we keep calling her that long enough. Though we've been having some trouble breaking the habit of calling her "little kitty," the "non-name" we called her before we officially let her adopt us. The thought was that I didn't want to give her a real name and get attached...some plan that was! :P
She's been a pretty good cat so far. She doesn't cause too much trouble nor is she very destructive. She has some tendency to claw at furniture, but she hasn't done any real damage. We've decided to try not declawing her for the time being to see how it goes. Keeping her nails trimmed down seems to be reasonably effective.
Her biggest behavior issue is that she does not at all respect the difference between kitty food and people food...or her food and Widget's food, for that matter. We've never offered people food to Widget, so he has no real interest in it at all. He'll even sit quietly at the table with us while we're eating and doesn't bother our food even if we get up for a moment.
Gadget, on the other hand, is totally in your face about wanting to get to anything that's even remotely like food. She'll just stick her head right down in our bowl or plate if we don't actively push her away. And if we push her away, she'll keep on coming back time and time again. Sometimes we just have to put her in another room or outside to get her to stop. Though the more we have done this she seems to maybe be catching on at least a little. Hopefully she'll catch on soon.
Widget has been an "only child" for some nine years now, and we weren't really sure how he might react to having another pet around. His reaction seems to alternate between indifferent and indignant. For the most part he just goes about his usual routine. When Widget and Gadget happen to cross paths they might take a moment to look at each other or sniff at each other, but then they just go on about their respective business.
But Gadget is still very much a kitten and there are times when she wants to rough house and play. She'll stalk Widget, then charge and pounce on him. They'll wrestle for a little while, but Widget gets tired of it (and just plain tired) fairly quickly. He's old and fat and lazy! :P He's still big enough that he can usually get the upper hand, put her down, and hiss or growl at her. She seems to submit most of the time, though her attention span can be short and she may start it up again soon.
I haven't really seen them do anything cute and cuddly with each other yet. My biggest worry is that Widget might feel displaced. I try to do my best to make sure that he gets attention. Hopefully they'll warm up to each other and be more friendly (while calm) soon.
However, Gadget does seem to be more cuddly and lovey with us than Widget generally is. That's not to say that Widget isn't affectionate. He is. But Gadget seems more apt to sit in a lap or snuggle up on the couch with us more often and for longer periods of time. Of course that's when she's not busy being a wild kitten running all over the house and chasing down the big kitty. :)
One other funny difference about Gadget is that she doesn't seem to care about walking and sitting on objects. If you watch Widget, he is always careful to step around objects on the floors, tables, etc. as he walks. The only exception to that is papers and plastic bags. He'll intentionally lay down on those if we leave them out. Gadget, on the other hand, will just walk right over things. For instance, I was sitting on the couch with my laptop in my lap. She jumped right up and plopped herself right down on the keyboard. It was cute...albeit something of a productivity sapper.
More kitty pictures!
Even more kitty pictures!