I just wanted to give you an update on Champ's first night here. He stayed in the carrier for awhile when we first got home. I tried to give him some treats and coax him out with food, but he was pretty apprehensive and wanted to stay put. After a bit, I took him out of the carrier and we sat on the couch and watched TV until bedtime. He seemed to relax a bit there on my lap with lots of pets and loves. He slept in the bed with me all night and in the morning he was relaxed enough to get some belly scratches, which he seemed to really like because he started purring up a storm. I put him by himself in the second bedroom/office while I am at work today. I put the carrier in there because that is where he seems to want to hang out for now. I gave him lots of pets before I left and he did some more purring and a little talking. He's got a great little voice! He hasn't really tried to explore anywhere. He pretty much goes in the carrier or wherever I pick him up and sit with him. He still hasn't eaten anything, had any water, or used the litter box. I left him with both wet and dry food and some treats on the floor as well as the water fountain. Hopefully with some quiet during the day he venture out and eat something.
So far it is a mixed reaction from the other two cats. Bo came up to Champ and they smelled each other and then Bo backed off. They've done this 5 or 6 times now. No hissing or growling or anything. Bo seems curious about his new brother, a little unsure, but he seems to want to be friendly and otherwise is acting like his normal self. He tried to come on the bed last night and lay down with us, but Champ didn't like it, gave a little hiss and so Bo left. That's the only hiss I've heard from Champ so far, it wasn't really aggressive, just a little scared I think. I'm guessing they'll eventually get along just fine.
I'm hoping the same will be true with Rusty after he has some time to adjust. Rusty's first reaction to Champ was to hiss at him and run away. That's the only interaction they've really had so far. They've kept an eye on each other when they have been in the same room together, but Rusty is avoiding Champ. I've tried to make sure all the kitties are getting attention, but Rusty is apparently very mad at me, because I pick him up and pet him, and then he hisses at me and runs away. Rusty is a sweet kitty, but has always been shy and sensitive. He doesn't seem overtly aggressive towards Champ, but he sure does seem to be mad at me. I'm trying to bribe him with treats and pets, but for now he's holding a bit of a grudge. I'm hoping it will just be a matter of having time to adjust.
I wasn't able to get the photos downloaded from my camera before I left for work this morning, but I'll get that done tonight and send them your way. Thank you so much for this little guy. He's still a little scared right now, but I can tell he's just the sweetest cat and is going to be such a wonderful little love bug and a great addition to our family.
Rusty is already starting to cope, at least a little bit. They seem to be figuring things out. And Champ is such a good boy. He's been so calm and patient while the other two cats try to figure out what is going on.
Here are the pictures from last night as well as a couple I've taken of Champ here. He's feeling pretty cozy here on the couch with me. We played a little with a feather toy and had some treats. Then he did a little grooming and now he's nodding off. He's definitely feeling more relaxed tonight and was purring on my lap a bit earlier. You can be sure he's getting lots of love here! Though I know he's misses you too.
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