Tuesday, April 15, 2008
We are very happy with how smoothly Jasmine has fit into our household.
I was hoping there would be a minimum of hissing and bruised feelings. I took the chance on bringing her here because she was such a laid-back kitty at the Shelter. Maintaining equilibrium in a multi-cat household is no small concern and although there are several wonderful cats at the Shelter that I would love to bring home, their personalities are such that they need to be the star of the household--and our household already has several stars...
But Jasmine is happy to fit in. She isn't timid--she took a spot on the foot of the bed and regularly sits on one of the three chairs upstairs to watch the daily doings. But--perhaps because of her age and experience--Jasmine doesn't feel she has to push herself into any situation where disruption might ensue. She just takes her place with confidence and lets the household's routines swirl around her.
And I can tell she is very happy to be part of a real household. She is still adjusting to having canned food available whenever she wants it--she has put on a little weight in the last couple weeks. But I like to see extra weight on extremely geriatric kitties. They need the reserves and when they are pleasingly plump, they are doing well.
And when I think of all those months when she had to scramble for food, all the nights she went to sleep hungry, I am happy to provide a place when she will never need to go to bed hungry.