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I left a note (last week) concerning the fate of the 2 “visitor cats”.  After  weeks of phone calls, e-mails and visits it was clear the cats didn’t have much of a future if they went back to the rescue center.  At 3 years old, the chances of being adopted are not all that good.  Unfortunately people like the kitties but don’t seem to be interested in them when they are older.

I asked the Oak Court Cats if they would accept the visitors as residents here on the Court.  I’m not sure what they really felt but the 3 of them stared back at me as if they understood what I was talking about.  I explained the problem and the alternatives the pair faced.  The Court Cats continued to stare at me, as if they comprehended.

Finally I finished and waited.

I don’t how they really felt, we never figured out the whole human/cat language thing.  The visitors, however, have a new home.  We (the people on the Court) decided to take them in.  They’ll learn the ways of the Court, learn how to go in and out the cat door, how to wake the old man up in the morning when there isn’t any crunchie-munchie mix in the bowl and, most importantly, they’ll learn not to chase the squirrels in the yard.

I’ll post a few pictures of the pride next week, trying to figure out how to get all  of to sit still long enough for a group photo.

Later.

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During the summer the Oak Court Cats hosted 2 visitors; 2 Maine Coon siblings spent a few months here while their people found a new home.  It took a little longer than planned but they soon moved into a new apartment and were adjusting to the new place.    They spend their days together, sleeping next to each other, eating from side-by-side dishes together and sitting together on a window sill, watching the birds.

We got a call from their people yesterday; the cats will need to move again. Unfortunately they won’t be moving to a new apartment. Their person is not able to keep them and they’ll have to go back to the rescue center.  This is disheartening as they are close to 3 years old and face slim odds of adoption.  Additionally, they’ve been with each other since their birth and have only been apart for a few hours.  It’s going to be hard.

The Oak Court Cats would like to extend a welcome but  it was apparent, during the summer,  that they just didn’t fit in with the current residents. As they were indoor cats, we couldn’t leave the cat door open for our cats to go in and out during the day.  Our regular cats were not comfortable with the restrictions and we had behavioral issues.

So, what will happen to them?  I don’t know.

I’m a believer in adopting from shelters.  I also believe in giving the older cats a chance.  Of the 3 regulars here, 2 came from shelters; one was 2 years old when we selected him.  If you are interested in adopting, please look at the shelters.  The people there can help you work through a decision on the breed, age and other characteristics.  They can help you find a good lap cat or a good mouser.

I’ll post an update when I hear what happens with the visitors.

Take Care