Monday, October 8, 2018

Meet Darcy - my new foster kitty


So, on Caturday I put on pants


I was offered a pregnant kitty for Thursday but at the time I knew I had to take Jack to the vet and I wanted time to be with him and make sure he was okay.. Since that didn't go as planned, nothing else did either.. really, why on earth do I ever make plans??

Anyway.. Darcy arrived on Saturday and is about two and a half years old and is a surrender from a hoarding situation out of state. She is petrified.


Fortunately, it manifests in an "I am not here, you can't see me, go away" response and not an "I will kill you if you come near me" response.  I have been able to reach in and scratch behind her ears, but I haven't really wanted to push it. I offered both canned and wet food close to her carrier and left to see what would happen.


I could tell this room was overwhelming her so I went back down a few hours later and moved her into the bathroom because that seemed to be her preferred place to hang out. This would give her a smaller area to get used to, to get her scent all over, to realize the world is not out to get her.


This definitely seemed easier on her..


She is now walking around instead of skulking around belly to the ground. She is jumping up into the window and watching the leaves fall.. maybe even deer if they've come around. She ate the first day okay, but not so much yesterday. Might she be ready to give birth? *shrug* who knows.

So, while she is more comfortable, I, however, am still quite suspect..


I am doing my best to be as non-threatening as possible, telling her she is safe and then I loom over her, block her exit and reach in with my big grabby hands and touch her.

Yesterday we made a little progress. I announced my arrival before opening the bathroom door, opened the door but realized I forgot food, so I shut the door and went to get food.  When I came back I realized she had been in the window and caught her jumping down and she plastered herself in the litter box. I left again so she could hide in the carrier.


See, her head is up, her ears are up, and while she is not by any means relaxed, she is far more relaxed than she is in the previous photo. So, I sat there and talked to her, I reached in and scratched her ears, and tried to be as unthreatening as possible. I decided to try to meditate (not an easy thing to do when you are grieving) and this happened.


See, her legs are stretched out.. She relaxed a bit more. It was so nice to see. It went away when I got up to leave, but it is a start.

We have a ways to go. I hope it goes quickly, I would really love to give a good pregnancy massage.

14 comments:

  1. Awww, she looks like a sweetie. I bet her kittens will be gorgeous. She will help you through the grieving process.

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  2. I truly hope Darcy will quickly learn to trust you so you can bond with her and so she can have some peace. It's very kind of you to care for this precious girl.

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  3. Poor, scared little lady. I too hope you bring her around sooner than later.

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  4. She's such a cutie, and just what you need right now. We hope she can relax before the babies arrive though.

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  5. come on momma cat - you are ok. we will send some good kitty vibes your way

    (OK - and I have to say it - holy cats she looks like Chanel)

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  6. She seemed pretty willing too explore when left on her own.

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  7. We hope she can relax before giving birth. She's in good hands with you. Purrs

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  8. What a pretty kitty. Yes, she's in good hands.

    Emma and Buster

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  9. Darcy! Pretty mama, here's hoping your babies show up soon, and that your shyness disappears with your big belly!

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  10. all the best to you darcy; and your wee ones as well..

    connie; seriously; do you have a radio//computer close by
    that you can play her some harp music....not kidding..
    google "harp music for cats"... honest to cod; this music does work
    ♥♥♥

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  11. It is a big thing finding yourself in a new home while expecting babies, I hope she settles in soon

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  12. We know Darcy is in good hands and will become more comfortable.

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  13. Best of luck to both you and Darcy. I remember Art3mis, so I think you'll do okay! :)

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  14. Darcy is lucky to have found her way to you. I hope she comes around quickly so she can enjoy your love as soon as possible.

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