Obvious post title is obvious.
I’m a foster mom!! A friend of mine is temporarily living with her mom, who is allergic to cats, so I’m taking care of one of her three cats while she looks for a new place.
Meet Chance 🙂
He has very similar coloring to Olive, the tabby who I adopted 8 years ago. Chance is a little bit smaller and skinnier, and has a lot more energy! Which makes sense, since he is about a year and a half old and Olive is almost 11.
He’s been with us for only two days now, so everyone is still getting used to the change. Actually, Chance seems to be the most adjusted at this point.
Olive, however, is not thrilled.
Chance has been mostly living in our bedroom, to give him (and Olive) some space. He was sitting on the bed, I sat next to him, and he got into my lap. I looked up to see a curious little head (Olive’s) peeking in. I don’t know if cats have cognitive thoughts, so maybe she was feeling jealous or maybe she was just curious.
But when Chance explores beyond the bedroom and enters whatever room Olive is in (generally the living room), she starts her little kitty growl which turns into a hiss if he gets too close. So we’ll keep giving them their space (they each have their own food/water and litter box) and letting them explore each other when we’re home to supervise.
In the meantime, Chance is quite playful and cuddly, which is a lot of fun. Although I’m pretty sure he’s been jumping on our shelf-dresser at night during his “night crazies.” So that’s something we’ll have to be thoughtful of … cat-proofing higher surfaces. Olive knows not to hop on certain surfaces (plus she’s never proven she’s able to hop to a height higher than our bed).
And of course, I’m thrilled to have another cat around. Robert claims he’s annoyed by Chance but he has taken quite a liking to the little guy.
But, if you have any tips for getting Olive to chill out, I’m all ears.