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Service Cats: Kitty Goes To College: Introducing Kitty To Roommates

The followin’ post will be written in human English fur reader and translator ease. Our Service Cat posts aren’t intended to be an all inclusive Trainin’ Manual but rather Tips, Tricks and Techniques used/developed by mommy A thru her many years of animal trainin’, cats in purrticular. And to offur insight into your questions about Everything Feline. Always remember, Training is all ‘bout Repetition and Rewards. 

Dezi laying in cat tree in new harness

MeOW  Welcome to Service Cats and Everything Feline on Furidays. Ifin you’ve missed any posts in this series, you can ketch up or re-read them anytime by clickin’ the links on our Training Tips and Everything Feline page in our menu above. And don’t furget to submit your questions and/or blog topics in the comments section below or by sending us an email via our Contact Us page, also in our menu bar. There’s no stupid question, and we’ll tackle them all. Mommy says ifin you’re wonderin’ ‘bout somethin’, chances are so are others; so, just ask.

 

Raena sits posing in her tiger harness

 

 

 

     Last week, we talked about what one should do with kitty when going away to college, but it could just as easily apply to any relocation. Long story short, kitty is happiest wherever their bonded human is. Kitty bonds with people, not houses (Obviously we’re speaking of cats who are pets and not ferals). Unfortunately, many colleges still don’t allow pets in campus housing, but do require Freshmen to live on campus. So, you’ve made it thru your first year and are now moving into your off campus apartment that you’ll be sharing with roommates and possibly their furry purrers. The question now is how to make introductions so that everybody can live in peace. 

 

Dezi in a graduation cap sitting on cat scratcher

 

 

 

Introducing Kitty to their new home:

     Ideally, all humans should be moved in and unpacked. Set up kitty’s litterbox, feeding station and a few favorite toys in a quiet place, preferably, your bedroom. While the roommates are out, bring in kitty to explore the new place and new scents. Make sure kitty can escape back to your room and a safe “hidey spot”. You may want to set up one of your boxes in a corner with a heavily scented shirt or bed sheet inside so kitty can go there to decompress. Don’t worry, kitty will adjust so long as you’re there. We’ll discuss boundaries next week.

 

Introducing Kitty to the new housemates:

     The next step is bringing the roommate(s) in. Don’t force kitty to come out and be sociable, allow kitty to take things at his/her own pace. Tell roommates to avoid grabbing at or trying to pet or pick up kitty until kitty has shown he/she is comfortable with them. As tempting as a quick pet may be, pretending to not notice kitty will help him/her to acclimate quicker. You’ll also want to make sure roommates and any frequent guests know to not leave doors or windows to the outside open. And, to watch for kitty when leaving the apartment. No one wants to deal with kitty escaping. College life will keep you busy, but remember to spend time with kitty each day.

 

Raena in graduation cap sitting on the liberty cat tree

 

 

 

     What if your roommate has a kitty they’ll also be introducing to the mix? Or perhaps, you’re getting married and you and your spouse both have kitties that will have to assimilate into your new lives? Or somebody decides it’s time to adopt a new furry family member? Tune in next week when we discuss introducing kitties and co-mingling households. We promise you’ll be in for a hair raising hissy fit of a good time.  

 

Dezi lays on the floor

 

 

 

Well there ya’ have it. Taking kitty with you is a breeze. Remember, when you adopt an animal, you’re making a commitment to love and care for them until the day they die. Not just when it’s convenient or fashionable, but furever. In return, we’ll give you unconditional luv, days filled with laughter and joy, and nights full of purrs. Don’t furget to post your questions and topic suggestions in the comments below or send us an email via our Contact page. We’re linkin’ up with Comedy Plus fur Feline Furiday.  

 

Till the next time………………………………………………Be Blest!!!

 

 

 

Luv and Hugs and Kitty Kisses

 

Deztinee and RaenaBelle

Blest Sunday: We’re Always Good Girls

RaenaBelle, me sure wishes you’d act like a civilized cat and quit layin’ on the pawtty box. Some of us like a bit of purrivacy ya’ know?! And me’s tail isn’t a toy fur that matter. How would you like it ifin me whacky pawed your tail while you were usin’ the pawtty box. Or purrhaps you might get a laugh ifin me tried to trip you as you stepped outta the pawtty box, huh? RaenaBelle?!! Are you lissenin’ to me?  

 

Raena lays on top of the litterbox

 

 

 

          What’s that sissy? Did you meow somethin’? Hey, isn’t it Blest Sunday time? 

 

Blest Sunday purple kitty clip art graphic

 

 

 

(Dezi shakes her head) That selective hearin’ is gonna get you into trouble some day Raena. Me meowed purrlenty. But you’re right, it is Blest Sunday, and pawrt of fankin’ God fur our Blessings is furgivin’ those that have wronged us. So, me will furgive you fur tryin’ to trip me this meownin’, and yesfurday and the day befur and the day befur and the… 

 

          Uh, I’s think furgiveness isn’t s’posed to sound quite like that sissy. I’s think you’re just s’posed to furgive me and not actually count all the times or things you’re furgivin’ me fur. Anyways, fanky fank you. I’s furgive you too. 

 

Dezi sits on shower chair looking up

 

 

 

Fur What, Raena?! Me’s never done anythin’ to you. 

 

          What? Of course you have sissy. You eat mine’s dinner evey day. Even tho’ mommy tells you not too. But that’s okay, we’re furgivin’, and besides, mommy always makes me more when you’re not lookin’. 

 

What?!!! (Dezi shakes her head) Whatever Raena. Is there anypawdy else you need to ‘pawlogize too? Or maybe you need to ask somepawdy to furgive you?

 

          Nope, sissy, I’s good. How ‘bout you? 

 

Ifin you’re good then fur sure me is, Raena. Me’s always a good girl. 

 

Raena looks out the door from the small cat perch

 

 

 

          Sure you are sissy. That’s why we can’t see the bathroom floor fur the piddle pads. Or the hallway floor fur that matter. All cuz you’re bein’ a good girl. Why don’t we ask mommy what she says to that? 

 

Go ahead tattle tale. Don’t you know by now that it doesn’t matte what we do, mommy luvs us just the same?. Even you, you little pest. No matter what, mommy says we’re always Good Girls, her little angels.

 

          I’s gonna tell mommy you’re bein’ mean to me and callin’ me names, sissy. You know she doesn’t like negative names. That’s why she calls us her little angels, even when we’re not actually actin’ like one.

 

Dezi turns her head away from the Pure Bites Minnow treat

 

 

 

Me’s sorry Raena. Kittens!!! Sometimes you can be such a brat. And me means that in the nicest pawssible sense. Let’s get to our Blessings. You know we’re the most Blestest kitty girls ever. We were reminded this past week just how Blest we truly are. While on facebutt (facebook) we were readin’ a few rescue stories of kitties saved from the mean streets of this world. It reminded us of our own humble beginnings. 

 

          So true, sissy. It doesn’t really matter where you get your start, what matters is how it all ends. Fanky fankfully, we didn’t have to wait very long fur our happily ever after, our furever story, but so many kitties do.

 

Dezi gets loving while laying in mommy's lap

Life is good.

 

 

 

Yep Raena, our furever is amazin’ and filled with so much luv and so many pawsum furiends. We wish that ever kitty could find their happy furever, and we believe that some day that will happen. In the meantime, we’ll continue to do all we can to make that happen. We also wanna fank all of those who help kitties in need. Each life is purrecious and a Blessing. As always, we’d like to remind you all to take a minute today and every day to give Thanks fur the Blessings in your life. Fank you all fur bein’ Blessings in ours. 

 

Raena lays in mommy's lap getting love

Life is better than good.

 

 

 

          Don’t furget our Sunday Selfies with the Kitties Blue, sissy. 

 

Till the next time………………………………………………Be Blest!!!

 

Dezi: Vibrant Blue 

Raena: Navy Blue

 

 

 

Luv and Hugs and Kitty Kisses

 

Deztinee and RaenaBelle

Chatting Cats: Conversations Of The Week

Hey everypawdy, it’s me, RaenaBelle. Seems it’s coolin’ off fur a lot of our furiends, and it was even in the 70’s here last night. Anyways, we were meowin’ with a furiend yesfurday ‘bout how we always complain ‘bout the weather. Ya’ know, either it’s too cold or it’s too hot. There never seems to be that happy place. Mommy says the truth is, humans in purrticular, no matter how happy, like to have somethin’ to complain ‘bout. So, even ifin the temps were just right, we’d still find somethin’ wrong with it. Anyways, enuff ‘bout the weather. Hey sissy, did you see mommy try to kill me last night? I’s couldn’t believe mine’s own eyes. Or maybe that’s it, she wasn’t gonna kill me, just maim me. 

 

Dezi looks up at Raena and hisses on the liberty cat tree

 

 

 

          RaenaBelle Mayce!!! Don’t be meowin’ such things. Somepawdy might actually take you serious and try to take us away from mommy. And you know you don’t want that. Mommy would never hurt us, much less kill us; and she wasn’t tryin’ to kill or maim you last night. She didn’t know the clippy in her hair was gonna snap and send pieces flyin’ thru the air. It was just as much a shock to her as it was to you. Besides, none of the pieces got anywhere close to where you were layin’. But, maybe the universe is tryin’ to tell ya’ that you shouldn’t be layin’ on top of the pawtty box waitin’ to whap me’s tail.

 

Mine’s version sounded better, sissy. And I’s wasn’t waitin’ to whap your tail, I’s was waitin’ on mommy to get ready fur bed so she could carry me with her. I’s was just tryin’ to keep her from havin’ to bend over to pick me up. 

 

          Well how thoughtful of you Raena. Have you ever thought ‘bout walkin’ to the bed yourself? 

 

Raena lays atop the Liberty cat tree

 

 

 

Why would I’s sissy, you don’t?. I’s learned everythin’ from you. And every night at bedtime, you wait fur mommy to carry you to the bed too. I’s thought you said that made mommy happy and made her feel needed? 

 

          Yeah Raena, to carry me, not you too. Anyways, Me doesn’t wanna meow ‘bout this any more. Me would like to take a nap. 

 

Cat diapers

You’ll have to stay tuned fur real fotos.

 

 

 

A NAP? How can you even think ‘bout takin’ a nap? Didn’t you see the package we just got? Mommy says they’re things fur you to review. I’s know they’re not fur me, cuz I’s a good girl and always use the pawtty box. I’s mean, it’s one thing fur mommy to call us her babies, but there’s no way in this world or any other you’d get me to wear one of Those things. Hmmmpht  I’s can’t wait to see you in ‘em. MOL 

 

          Yeah Raena, that ain’t happenin’. Mommy has another think comin’ ifin she even tries gettin’ near me with those things. Hmmmpht  

 

Guess we’ll just have to wait and see, huh sissy?. Are you gonna help me get ready fur our play date with Alberto and his family? Mommy said they could come over next week to play and meow ‘bout their book. I’s so x’cited, aren’t you? 

 

Dezi lays on scratcher with mouth open

 

 

 

          (Dezi yawns and stretches on the scratching pad) Sure Raena, really x’cited. Can’t wait. (Dezi mumbles under her breath) Maybe with all that company, me will get some alone time to take a purropurr beauty catnap.

 

I’s just luvs play dates. I’s wish we could have furiends over all the time., That would be so cool. Our furiend Valentine was just meowin’ ‘bout cat pawrks the other day. I’s think he might be on to somethin’. Can you ‘magine a kitty pawrk where we could roll ‘round on the grass and run ‘round and jump from place to place and climb trees and chase bugs and…

 

          You know mommy wouldn’t let you chase bugs or roll ‘round on the grass Raena. You know what a germaphobe she is. There aren’t enuff baby wipes in the world fur mommy to let us romp like that. Quite furankly, me couldn’t care less ‘bout doin’ that. Me much purrfurs the comfurt of our floor and tree and scratchers and bed and… 

 

Raena sits pretty on the Liberty cat tree

 

 

 

What happened to you sissy? You used to be such an adventure kitty. Mommy says you were always up fur anythin’, and now all you wanna do is lay ‘round and nap. 

 

Dezi plays on scratcher

GO!!!

 

 

 

          You happened Raena!!! You wear me out. You’d wear the roadrunner out. Me’s not a young kitten anymore ya’ know. 

 

 

Raena hunches on the liberty cat tree

Look’it you go sissy!!! Wait fur me…

 

 

 

Nonsense sissy!!! I’s see you doin’ the butt wiggle and zoomin’ thru the house. C’mon, I’s’ll give ya’ a head start. Ready, set, (Dezi crouches on the scratcher and takes off running leaving Raena wondering what happened) Wait fur me, sissy, wait fur me!!! 

 

Till the next time……………………………………………….Be Blest!!!

 

Raena: Navy Blue 

Dezi: Vibrant Blue

 

 

 

Luvs and Hugs and Kitty Kisses

 

RaenaBelle and Deztinee

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