Monday, July 23, 2012

Olin is here

I moved my cat Olin up here a week ago.  He's actually handling the change MUCH better than I expected.  I was dreading all-night-meowing, thinking he'd be doing naughty things to my furniture.  So far he hasn't done any of that, though he does tend to want to get up between 4 and 5 in the morning and climb on things he's not supposed to be climbing on, which sometimes involves me stumbling out of bed to remove him from atop something precarious.  But mostly, he sleeps...  He's got one of those pheromone collars on, I read all sorts of good reviews about how they keep cats calm through things that would normally freak cats out.  I have to think that's helping, because he does seem unusually calm, even for him.  And he's EXTREMELY affectionate.  If that's a side-effect of the collar, I like it!  Or maybe he had just missed me in the month I didn't see him.  Why can't I get that response from anyone else...  ;-)

I still have a few doubts about how well this'll work out in the long run.  I think he's bored.  I don't want him to go outdoors though.  He's a fighter and a wanderer.  There are a couple cats around, some feral and some not.  There are also coyotes and eagles and bears and all manner of things that would like to eat a cat.  And I'm hoping that lack of exposure to outdoor crud will put an end to his allergies.  But... bottom line I want him to be happy, and not drive me crazy.  So I guess it's kind of a trial run right now.  I know if it came down to it he could live down in Wilton at my mom's house, but it's SO NICE to have him here, I missed him so much, and he doesn't act sweet to anyone else, I'm his person!

So here's hoping he continues to handle indoor living as well as he has done so far, because I really love that he's here.  :-)


Jan Blawat said...

Olin's no spring chicken, so it's not like he'd have to spend 10 more years inside. Or maybe, now that he's actually not out catting around, he WILL live another 10 years. Too bad he's not like Velcro, she's content to lay on the floor anywhere, or pretend she's a couch pillow.

So, would you put a pheromone collar on some dude or wear it yourself? How would that work?

Katherine Plumer said...

Hmm, good question. I'm not sure how that would work, but ideally it would not require a collar! ;-)

It's hard to think of Olin being more than just a couple years old, but yeah he'll be twelve years old this fall. I'm thinking about getting him a "cat tree" but it's hard to find a tall one that doesn't take up much floor space. I don't have floor space!

Anonymous said...

I think they have cat trees that hang from the ceiling.