Tuesday, February 17, 2015

A New Family Member

On Sunday, I mentioned that I was preparing for someone. This someone is a new family member that I'd like to introduce you to today. She's appeared on the blog before not that long ago, in fact.

So without further adieu, I introduce to you our newest family member - Callie the Calico. You may remember Miss Callie from our Delightibles cat treat review. She was a special guest treat taste tester.

Tasting treats at her old home. 

So what's the story with Callie? Callie was my sister and brother-in-law's cat. She's approximately 9 years old and in good health. Last week, my sister-in-law asked if I would like to have Callie because she knew that my kids loved the cat and that my boyfriend was talking about me wanting a cat.

This month, my sister-in-law found out that her 2 year old son has asthma. Last week, blood test results confirmed that he and his 6 month old brother are highly allergic to cats. Therefore, the doctor determined it would be best if Callie could find a new home. They are still waiting on test results to come back for their two dogs. Hopefully, they will not need to re-home them.

My poor little nephew loves Callie very much and I know he's going to miss her. They were very good friends with each other. I'm glad Callie has been around young children and is used to them. My 3 year old daughter hasn't seen her yet, but she absolutely loves cats.

So, Callie was dropped off at my house on Sunday night. She seemed very nervous, angry, and upset that she was in a strange place with strange people. I was able to coax her from her carrier with some canned food. I picked her up and showed her where her litter box was. After that, she just sat frozen in the corner of the hallway.

After much hissing and growling, I moved her to a more comfortable spot in a special kennel I have prepared for her with a blanket, food, and water. I'm going to use this kennel as a safe place for Callie when Shiner is in the same room with her until the two of them are adjusted to each other.

I am never coming out!

Yesterday, Callie spent most of her day hiding behind the couch. Shiner hasn't seen her yet. She is really a horrible tracker... she sniffed around the kennel where Callie has been, but seems pretty oblivious that there is a cat behind the couch.

So for now, I am just letting Callie do her own thing while she adjusts to this new life. I feel bad for her because she does seem very scared. I'm also pretty excited about having such a beautiful cat around now. Welcome Callie!

38 comments:

  1. Welcome and hope she settles in and all is well. Have a terrific Tuesday.
    Best wishes Molly

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  2. She is gorgeous! We hope with some time she will adjust. It must be so scary for her to suddenly be in a new place. I am happy she found a loving home.

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  3. Congrats on the new addition. It is great that you are being patient and considerate of all your animals :)
    www.southernfolly.com

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  4. So sorry about your nephew but glad Callie stayed in the family and has a home with you. Congrats.

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  5. She is gorgeous and I think she's probably just really wondering "what happened???!!!!" - hopefully once she realizes she's SAFE and secure she'll relax and come out. It was a good idea to give her that special kennel AND let her hide behind the couch until she's adjusted. It may take a while - I'm sure she misses her old family and home...............time will win her over I'm sure!

    Hugs and good luck, Sammy and Mom Pam

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    1. So far, she's just hiding behind the couch. My dog has no idea she is there lol... She comes out at night when no one is around. She ate all of her food and used the litter box last night, but is back behind the couch today!

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  6. welcome Callie!!! I had done a blog post a loooong time ago about introducing cats and dogs by the use of scent.........(we did it with Dakota and Cody and it worked like a charm)....I didn't notice above if Callie has ever lived with dogs? She is nine years old and if she has never lived with dogs the adjustment might take quite a while. I feel really bad for your nephew too, he must be heartbroken and Callie is probably beyond confused to have lost her good friend.

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    1. Thank goodness she lived with 2 dogs. Shiner has no idea she's here right now, but sniffs around and can smell her. Of course, Shiner's scent is all over everything already. And I know Callie has seen the dog from behind the couch.

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  7. Callie is beautiful! She is lucky she has a good new home! My mom was badly allergic to cats as a child but loved her cat and wouldn't hear of giving her up. She started allergy shots and did those for five years and never gave up her cat and we still have cats. Sometimes they do bother her eyes, but she refuses to give in to the allergies. Poor kids.

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    1. That's pretty awesome Emma! I worked with a girl who was allergic to... well, everything... and working in a vet clinic that girl was always watery-eyed, red, and had a sniffly nose poor thing. She was even allergic to Benadryl, go figure. I'm glad your mom still chooses to keep cats in her life even though she's allergic.

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  8. Welcome Callie ! Poor girl, she must be as upset as your nephew ! We're glad she has a good home, and that you do the best for Callie to settle in, not forgetting your other pets either. Time and patience will be everyone's best friends. Purrs

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  9. Lucky Callie! Know she'll love being part of your family :-)

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  10. She's gorgeous Ann! Congrats on the new furchil!

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  11. Congratulations Ann! Can't wait to hear about the new adventures with Callie around. How's Gus taking the newest addition to the household?

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  12. She is a beauty!! I hope she adjusts to life with you very quickly. We look forward to hearing about her new life with you all xx

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  13. Well, welcome Callie! She really is gorgeous Miss Ann...we love her coloring. I sure hope she can settle in and adjust to the new home. It must be scary for her to not recognize her space or any of the scents within it. But I know you and you will get her adjusted just fine!
    Oz
    P.S. for Shiner....There's a CAT behind the couch!!!!

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    1. Haha! Shiner is sometimes not the brightest crayon in the box, I swear... but she did discover there was a cat behind the couch finally and began sniffing back there like crazy. I just tried to let them meet with a leash. Callie was nice and just stood there looking at Shiner, didn't run away. Shiner on the other hand was not so polite.

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  14. Welcome, Callie! I love her orange nose.

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    1. She has a very unique marking on her nose... Will have to get a closeup of it one these days.

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  15. welcome two ewe callie, ewe iz a gorgeouz gurl for sure....we noe once ewe settle in... ewe will loves livin with shiner...N de gurls.....N due ewe noe how...close....uh....."lunch brake"...iz !!! RATZ !! ♥♥♥ ☺

    pee ezz...its oh kay ta bee scared....we noe how ya feel, but trust uz, it will get better...promise ♥

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  16. Congratulations on your new addition to the family! It sounds like it worked out as best as it could...at least your nephew will still be able to visit Callie this way. And Callie is with another very loving family now.
    Our cat Conrad spent his first two weeks with us hiding under a bed! I'm sure Callie will be out soon, and will settle in nicely.

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    1. Well, she decided to come out yesterday and she was out for at least an hour this morning. She's very sweet :)

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    2. I saw the photo on Facebook yesterday....it's so great she's already coming around!

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  17. Congratulations on the new addition although I can understand how tough it must be for your sister-in-law's family. Glad Callie has found a loving home right away :)

    She seems to be acting just like Lucas did when we brought him home from the shelter. He stayed hidden behind a desk for most of the first few days but has since adjusted very well. Now he is inseparable from the other cat or the dogs! Good luck with the transition!

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  18. She's such a cutie, and I love the triangle on her nose :) Sounds like you're doing everything right with letting her adjust, many cats take awhile to warm up and get comfortable in a new place. It seems like it worked out pretty well, I know it's sad for your nephew but it's always nice being able to rehome a pet where you not only know they'll be well cared for, but that you can visit as well. Looking forward to seeing more Callie in the future.

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  19. How nice of you to take Callie in. We hope she adjust well to her new home.

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  20. She’s beautiful! I hope she adapts. I hid UTB for like 4 days when I came home and Mitzi never came out. She’d still be UTB if they hadn’t taken her away in cuffs. MOL! I’ll bet your kids fall madly in love with her. I’m so glad you have a cat now. Wait till she meets the mice. Heh.

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    1. Thanks CK! I think y'all might be related. I was just petting her and then she started licking my hand and acting all sweet. Then bam! She gave me a little love bite lol.

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  21. Oh how cute. Love Callie's eyes. It might take some time ... for sure Callie will adjust. Golden Woofs

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  22. Oh congrats on your new family member!! She is gorgeous! I hope all goes well and she is able to settle in ok.
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

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  23. Hoping that Callie adjusts well! I know transitioning can be hard, especially for cats but I know you'll provide her with a wonderful home and hope she'll come out of her shell eventually!

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  24. She is gorgeous. I love calicos! Just saw a recent picture of her sitting in the window, glad she is warming up a bit!

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  25. Welcome, Callie! We are so sorry that she could not stay with your brother and sister-in-law's family. We feel really bad for your nephew, too. That must be very hard for him. We're glad Callie is with you, though. We know she will be happy and loved, once she gets settled. Hugs.

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  26. Yay for cute new family members! She is so pretty! We hope she gets adjusted quickly - we know she will be well loved in her new home!

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