I think it’s finally safe to tell boy kitty’s story. My sister has gotten attached.
If you will recall, finding a kitten stuck in our garage led to 3 kittens (Nice kitty, the kitty formerly known as Mean kitty, and Boy kitty) and 2 gentlemen kitties, Garage Cat and Patio Cat, and still feral Mamacat.
Garage Cat is being spoiled to bits in his new home with a friend of mine across the country. Reports are he’s getting along great with his new sister kitty. I’ve seen pictures! Patio Cat got lost outdoors for a few days but returned unharmed to my MIL. We think feral outdoor Mamacat may have found another food source because she doesn’t finish the food every night, but more like every other night, which is good because we may have to stop feeding her next year.
My sister originally offered to take one of the kittens if we couldn’t find any takers. But she wanted one who wasn’t black because black fur would show up on her furniture. That stipulation made us think she really wasn’t ready for a destructive kitten. Maybe two destructive kittens who could entertain each other, but not just the one (she nixed that idea). So we put it off. And put it off. And still had no takers for our remaining kitties.
Finally we figured the three kittens had grown enough and settled down enough that my sister could handle one of them. We picked boy kitty because he’s not black (unlike Patio Cat who we hadn’t yet given to my MIL) and he doesn’t pee on things (unlike Nice kitty) and he’s a bit more outgoing than the kitty formerly known as mean kitty while not being clingy like Nice kitty. All around a good cat for someone with an active lifestyle who doesn’t want to be constantly covered in fur.
Unfortunately boy kitty doesn’t like claw caps at all (unlike Garage cat and Patio cat who were all, “whatevs, yo” when we capped them), and found the experience very traumatic. Moving was also traumatic. We told my sister we’d experiment for two weeks, but we really needed him out of the house while we went on a trip (we did have someone checking up on the remaining kittens and Little Kitty, but the bathroom really wasn’t enough to hold all three kittens for an extended period of time).
Settling in with my sister was rocky at first. She complained about the litterbox. She complained about him taking his clawcaps off. He kept waking her up at 3am demanding petting. [#2 notes: this is called having a pet.]. She kept referring to him as “your cat” rather than her cat in conversations. But the two weeks extended to a month. We’d bring it up in conversation and she’d be noncommittal about giving him back, so we didn’t push the issue. Though at one point she made us pay her bill at Pet-smart when we visited.
When she left for a two week business trip, she left him with us (and after a few days he was back to playing with his sisters and terrorizing Little Kitty), but at the end of it, she took him back.
Now, finally, a little more than half a year later, she’s referring to him as “my cat” instead of “your cat” and no longer wants an automatic feeder or expensive litter cleaner. She seems to be genuinely attached to him. She has a new housemate who isn’t allergic to cats. I’m no longer worried that he’ll be coming back to us. He is her cat now.
So that’s the kitty update. Join us next year as we attempt to temporarily get the remaining cat number down to something we’re allowed to keep in an apartment or rental house.