Sunday, September 25, 2011

Enter new cat, stage left

Jer and I have been discussing getting another cat for months now. Vash (our 8 year old male cat) passed away last May, and with me staying home to write, and no conferences or conventions for a few weeks, the timing finally worked out. So last night we found ourselves at the Humane Society in Bellevue, meeting all the cats up for adoption. We hadn't originally set out to arrive at that particular location, so we were surprised to find all the cats and kittens on sale right now, $25 for cats older than 6 months, $50 for kittens.

There was another cat we liked at first, but that one needed to be an only cat. So we went to a neighboring room and met a little one year old furball named Bea, who was vocal and pushy and curious and very affectionate. I grabbed her paperwork, we applied for adoption, and then an hour or so later we were able to take her home in the carrier.

We're keeping Chiana (our 7 year old female) and her separated for about a week and then we'll slowly introduce them. The staff said two females are the hardest to introduce, so Jer and I are taking turns with each cat and making sure nobody is feeling left out. I would especially hate for Chiana to feel neglected in all this.

That probably sounds silly to non-cat people.

I am angling to name the new cat, Niviane, after the huntress that Merlin fell for and who ultimately destroyed him. I would call her Nivi for short, or Niv. I'm not sure Jer is on board with that yet, but I suspect I can wear him down.

All of this is to say, stay tuned for more wacky hijinx. Now with more cats.


Kristy said...

How neat! Hope it all works out great.

Folly Blaine said...

Thanks, Kristy! I hope so too. :)

E.M. Jeanmougin said...

You probably already know this since you have owned cats, but a good way to introduce them is through some sort of fence. And it really isn't silly to think one might get jealous of the other. Haha. Cats are super-jealous animals. Maybe not as jealous as dogs, but even so.

Anyway, cute cat.

Folly Blaine said...

Thanks, E.M. We don't really have a good fence setup, but I can see how that would work well. They're on either side of a door for now, and I think tonight we'll switch their spaces for a bit so they can get used to the smells. Then we'll move to supervised short visits and finally go wild. Treats will probably be involved.