Meet Melvin!Posted: January 15, 2012
After sleeping on it, we came to a decision to get the older male cat and apparently we got his name wrong, apparently the people at the shelter were calling him ‘boy boy’, tommy is a totally different cat. We got him cause he was older and that usually means it would be harder to find a home for him as most people would want younger cats. After making our decision, it was a mad rush to grab all the cat stuff to make the house cat ready. Things on our urgent to buy list were
- Cat litter tray and litter
- cat food bowl
- cat water bowl
- Scratching post
- cat bed (this was completely unnecessary, he refused to even go near it, much less sleep on it. I have since been told that no self respecting cat will even sleep on a cat bed.. -___- )
- cat toys
- cat food
Thanks to Keeve, we managed to bring the cat home from the shelter in a completely fuss free manner. He did freak out a little in the car, but did not throw up or pee or scratch anyone on the way here. Now when we first brought him in to our house, he was naturally freaking out and immediately jumped on my kitchen counters (i totally forgot the first rule which is to keep him confined to a tiny room until he has settled in and gotten used to us). Then he started to explore a bit, got spooked and then hid under the sofa for a good 30 mins. We finally managed to coax him out again, only to have him see his own reflection in the ginat mirror in my hall and run under the sofa again. After getting him out for the third time, I quickly grabbed him and placed him in the spare room with all his cat stuff so that he could have a quiet area to chill. That seemed to calm him down quite a bit. Lisa Foo came over later with a scratch post and the cat promptly adopted that as his new fav thing. I felt that evening sun was coming in quite a bit so I placed a towel over it and he seemed to like hiding underneath it.
All the guides say to keep him in the room for 4 to 7 days so when the cat was meowing pitifully on the first night, we were like, stay strong, must keep him in there. But by Day 2, he had eaten a bit,, was playing with us and decided to poop just when jet was in the room alone with him. AHAHAHAHHAHAH Pooping usually indicated they are relaxed enough to have their scent around so we decided to let him out to explore and he could always run back to the room if he freaked out. Soon enough, he was lying on Jet’s tummy while he was watching TV.
We’ve since renamed him Melvin and in typical cat fashion he does not answer to this name, or boy boy, or truffles (apparently that was the name give to him before boy boy). It’s hard to believe we only had him for a month. Since then he has adjusted very well to us and his new home and seems to come up with a new sleeping area every other day. First it was under the coffee table, then the sofa, then our bay window, then the dining room chair and recently, next to me! I’m so happy to have Melvin in our lives, He and jet are the few things I look forward to seeing after a crazy work day.