Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Dexter





We adopted Dexter on 3rd December 2011 and, after a few teething problems, are pleased to confirm that he has settled in well.  When we first got him home we found he was really skinny and continually asking for food.  We have changed his diet and he is now filling out we are finding the need for food all the time is subsiding together with the bad habits that go with it.
We also had a slight issue with him and our resident dog Mia.  She is used to cats but Dexter is not used to dogs.  He was quite aggressive with her when we first got him home and we had to separate them for about a month.  He finally came round to her when he first went out and the dogs next door barked at him.  He then realised that Mia was quite a nice dog and that she did not bark at him or chase him and since then they have started getting along better.  They are not best friends but they are starting to get used to each other and Mia can walk past Dexter without getting a claw in the nose. When we first got Dexter home he was not interested in playing but now he has settled in he plays with lots of things but his favourite thing is his fish on a stick.  He is also very fond of a lap and has now started to let me groom him while he sleeps.  This was one of the things I was told he did not like.  This is the case some days and he will just play with the comb (and my hand if I'm not careful) but most of the time he is quite happy to be groomed.  He is going out now but not for very long.  We don't know if this is due to the weather or something else but this was something that was noted when we first saw him on the website.  Hopefully when the weather gets warmer he will become more confident and start enjoying the garden more.

Sunday, 8 January 2012

Hunter & Soc now known as Aristotle & Socrates



Just thought you'd like to know how Hunter and Soc, now Aristotle and Socrates are getting on in their new home. 
We've had them just under a month now and they've settled in very well.  After a few handbag at dawn moments while they learned that our older cats twitchy tail was not a toy, they've settled in quite well with her and she is often found in their room cuddled up on their bed. 
The dogs made them very nervous to start with but they now quite happily pinch the dogs food out of their bowls while the dogs look on pathetically.  I have to shut them out of the kitchen now while the dogs get their dinner or the dogs end up waiting while the cats polish off the nice bits and the dogs get the leftovers.  Our Lab pup and Socrates have become best buddies and spend quite a lot of time cuddled up in front of the fire grooming each other. 
The kittens themselves are enjoying exploring the house, so far the curtains are still intact, which is more than can be said for my legs. Who needs acupuncture when you can have kittiepuncture.  Cooking or washing dishes normally involves a kitten attached to my left thigh.  Switching the washing machine on usually helps as they are fascinated and scared by it in equal measures. 
Socrates is quite sleek and athletic and has attached himself to my husband, the minute my hubbie is home he has a kittie on his lap.  Aristotle is quite the armchair athlete and eats for Wales, as can be seen by his rotund tummy.  He has attached to me (see leg comment).  If you are meant to look like your pets then that doesn't say much for me hehe.
The diarrhoea that Aristotle suffered from has settled down with a course of antibiotics and some wormer from the vets.  He is still a little pudgey but much more active now his tummy is more settled. 
All in all they have settled in very well, so a huge thank you to everyone at Llys Nini for helping to socialise them into such cute cuddly kittens.  I'm sure they will grow into their purrs eventually.

Best wishes
Angela & Calum