[TRE PET BLOG POST]
Winter’s first day at TRE!
Look at this baby!
About a week or so before Winter came over, we exchanged scents on a hand towel so that the cats would not throw hissy fits when they meet each other.
And then we also used FELIWAY PHEROMONE:
This is good stuff for vet trips, adding cats to the cat family, bringing cats back home from a short stay at someone else’s home…
Feliway is essentially cat pheromone in a mild alcohol-based solution, so that when you spray the stuff (please keep all kitties away until 15 mins later when all alcohol has evaporated) you calm kitties down because their surroundings smell of home.
If your cat feels comfortable, then you reduce the chances of unwanted scratching, peeing outside the litterbox, and crying.
Transition made easy! 😉 But remember to let all alcohol evaporate before bringing the cats back into the room, because alcohol is toxic to them. That’s why we prefer the spray to the electric diffuser, because a diffuser suggests long-term exposure to the solution while we believe that Feliway should be used for short transition periods.
Before Winter arrived, we sprayed the entire room with Feliway, stank up the whole house into a drunken stupor for half an hour and got glared at by Mother Dearest. Oh well.
And nope, we don’t sell Feliway because you can easily find it at Pet Lovers’ Centre or Pets Station. For our pool of non-Singaporean readers–why hello there!–you can click on Feliway’s website to see if there are any stores near you retailing it.
So here’s what happened…
The friendly neighbourhood boys came right up to say hello! The girl hissed and ran off and henceforth declared herself too unwell to have tête-à-tête with the newest babe on the block.
Passing of the scents really helped, there was no hissing from the boys. But then again, the boys have good cat manners and are friendlier than Faith.
Can’t really help it though, for Faith, cos her previous owners threw her away because their older cat couldn’t get along with her and attacked her repeatedly. Poor baby Faith was found stuffed up a car tailpipe. Seriously?!?!
Hmmm…you smell familiar!
Winter is not so sure about Max either…
Oh alright, handsome stranger, I guess I’ll talk to you!
Nice to meet you!
Ah, so you’re the one who sent me a hanky one week earlier…!
You’d think Winter would be too shy to eat on the first night, but NOOOOO. She meowed for food, and so this was what she had for her first dinner! Make a guess as to what’s inside!
That’s raw lean beef, a bit of chicken fat, salmon oil, Wysong meat diet supplement, and 1ml of Bene-bac to help ease digestion in a new environment.
Did you get the ingredients right? 😛
Kittens don’t come with pre-set ‘kibble or canned only’ notions, and Winter has taken steadily to raw meat since her owner found her a short while ago. No need for fortiflora!
Here’s a video of her munching away…
We put her on a chair just to make her feel more comfortable. A bit of height goes a long way in making cats happy.
Nom nom nom nom!
“Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou, Romeo?”
Adoring Max (although now Winter annoys him incessantly with guerrilla attacks on his tail/head/whatever. Muffin suffers the same fate, but he’d play catch with her all over the house). Faith and her hissy maw keeps some distance, but now she’s okay if Winter does not do jumping jacks on her.
Portrait gleaned from a thousand shots.
This girl just wouldn’t stop moving! We now have an even healthier dose (as if we didn’t know already, before) of respect for pet photographers!