Scuttles Needs a Home – Please Share Her
Hello everyone! Here we are at a start of a new week and did you notice that weekend thingy sure goes by quickly. Oh well, maybe Friday will be here soon.
On Saturday our Sister Precious posted about her joining the family pondering. She wanted me to thank you for so many thoughtful suggestions. We did answer some of those comments, but not all of them. Let me say that we have tried lots and lots of things with Sister Precious. We’ve tried Feliway (diffusers and spray), calming collars, calming essences of all types, calming treats of all types, and even several varieties of prescription meds (oral and custom compounded topical). When she was trying to come down early on she attacked Gracie and brought blood.
She really has made progress over her three years with us. She used to have a hissy fit when she even saw one of us downstairs. That is no longer the case, now she just goes after the gate when one of us is right up by the gate. Seriously, she can lay there, just 4 steps away and watch us all day. So, now it’s our turn to ponder, but we really will let her tell us what and when to progress to the next step.
Thanks again everyone, we appreciate our wonderful friends and all the great suggestions. Remember, adopt cats, we deserve it!!!!! More Forever Homes More Often! Purrrrr! Zip! Later!
We think you are right and she will let you know the next step. As we said onwards and upwards. Have a marvellous Monday.
Best wishes Molly
Yeah, I do think you need to follow Precious lead always here. I don’t think she ever really had quality time with any other kitties at all, did she? Much less a big family like yours!
One big happy family – it’s a beautiful thing!
Wishing you kitties a most wonderful week!
you guys are such a good family – letting her lead the way…
Poor Gracie though…
I truly believe in watching all the cats here, that some cats just are not going to get along with other cats. I think what you do for Precious is just the best Precious could ever ask for. She couldn’t have found a better home.
You all have a wonderful day.
I am so sorry I missed Saturday’s post. I try to read every day, but sometimes I can’t. Sister Precious will come down on her time and her terms!!! xoxo
We still say Sister Precious is a very smart girl being spoiled in her own private suite. You rock girlfriend!
Bravo Precious…it takes sometime to get comfy in a new home but girlfriend you landed in one fine home.
Hugs Madi your bfff
Age may mellow her out, she makes Cassie seem easy, only took 6 months for her to come around lol at some point they just say screw it
Maybe she just likes to watch you all together and, although she’s interested in seeing you, she may not want to join in.
Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx
We have a good blogging friend in Singapore, CAT TALES, and she uses an animal communicator to try and improve the situation between her cats. It seems to work pretty well.
Some kitties really would prefer to be the only cat in a household. Maybe Precious is one of those, and it will take a lot of time for her to adjust to being around other cats.
I’m sure Precious will join your crew when she is ready and she will give you a sign :o) I wish all will work and you can live all together.
It is hard Brian to integrate some animals with each other..and it is upsetting for peeps when they know what fun they could have if they were not so anxious…have you thought of maybe walking Precious with a harness on around the house so she can be held back but get the sniffs around the area..sometimes it does take a long time..whenever we had new rescue chickens as silly as it sounds..we would have to set up a chicken wire barrier between them..they would roost with the older girls and gradually get used to them..they would try and peck at… Read more »
Everyone comes around in their own time, Brian. So glad Precious is adjusting so well. Happy Monday!
we are still working on our email to you. Alana Greylak was very helpful to us and even referred us to a cat behavior person. who works at the shelter where Alana found Crepes and Mrs Peabody. I will send you everything we have.
dood….precious be like gram paw dude purr haps……N like toona iz now……her iz kinda like de tiger…solitary two a degree….N troo lee..ther be nothin wrong with that ♥♥♥
It can’t be easy with a cat like Precious but I’m glad you are persevering with her, she is a lovely cat.
Dip and Elliot x
If there was a kitty whom Precious responded less negatively to, that kitty could try to be peacemaker with the rest of the furblings. Of course this is a lot easier said than done. We hope in time, Sister Precious will signal her readiness to join the rest of the furblings peacefully. 🙂
we’re only two kitties in the house and we’re always wrassling, not the good kind. but mom says we’ll just have to get along with each other 🙂
No other family could have done any more for Precious than your family has Brian. I know your humans must have tried everything. If she drew blood form your sisfur, then of course she has to be separated. Maybe it’s time for all of us to help you find another home for Precious where she could be the only kitty in the house. I’m sure your peeps don’t want to live forever with having to block the stairway – it must be a real hassle for them to have to do that every time they go up or down the… Read more »
You are doing what is good for everyone and we know Precious feels a part of your family,even if from a short distance.
Maybe really working her with play and then allowing a little visit may help. We know Rumpy and Einstein need regular hard play so they can live with the rest of us in any form of acceptance. Rumpy not so much since his Asthma unfortunately. Hopefully meds will help him and Einstein going for his Man-Cat snip will calm him down
Those are all great ideas and thoughts to ponder on. We think your idea of letting Sister Precious let you know what and when to try next is a good one. Sometimes, all that’s needed is time to process what’s been done to date and then ease back into the one that seemed to help a little. She’ll let you know. Sending comforting purrs….
I hope you and your family have a great week!
We really wish we had an answer for you regarding Precious. We think she is probably reacting out of fear, but we have no idea how to stop her being afraid. But it sounds like she is gradually finding her courage.
Nervous animals take ages to adjust to their new surroundings and bond with their hoomans. My dog tooks months to bond with my husband but now they are best buddies. She is still nervous around people she doesn’t know really well and that’s 8 years later but she is very happy most of the time so I guess you can’t wave your magic wand and solve all their problems. When I look at how far she has come it’s a miracle – it just happens so gradually you think you are making hardly any progress. Best wishes to you all… Read more »
Sounds like she’ll tell you when she’s ready. Have a great week, Hope Scuttles finds a home. Shared.
It is just real hard to have a segregated household. Maybe give it a shot with supervision?
Sounds like Precious is happy enough with the way things are. Maybe in time she will want to join in more and will let you know when she is ready.
Oh, Brian, you’re my favorite ManCat!
As for how things are progressing with Sister Precious – it sounds like tremendous progress is being made, and we should all be very proud of her (and you!) for the accomplishments. Letting her tell you when she’s ready for the next step is probably THE smartest thing you could do – and shows just how much you love her.
Hugs to all! And here’s to Friday coming soon BOL
That sounds like a good plan to us 🙂
She may come around and she may not.
Does it really matter if all the cats are currently happy?
Purrs Georgia and Julie,
Treasure and JJ
Would what might have happened in her previous life to have her dislike other cats so much? poor girl -her own worst enemy
Oh darling beautiful Sister Precious. You are missing rassling, tussles and mutual bathing..all sorts of neat things. Bet Brother Brian would wash your ears…
So sad for Precious. I like that leash idea that someone had. Is she sweet with the peeps or does she attack like I do? Oh Brian, I gotta talk you how cute you look.
How did we miss your post Saturday? We agree with some of the others, that Precious needs to do things in her own time. She is so lucky to have an understanding family like yours who will love her even if she wants to live up there alone on her own terms.
Yow Brian we nose ya n yer pawentz are doin all ya can fer Precious. Whateber ya all deecide is what iz best! 😉 All we can do iz suggest…n by da lookz of fingz yer pawentz hab tried it all…so short of druggin poor Precious she will reemain a loner kittygurl. Me iz a loner kittehgurl. Me iz all furendlee here butt in purrson me wuud freek out if a kitteh came in here. Poochiez are wellcome wifin reeson n bunnehz anytime butt a kitteh…me drawz a line! Oh n we tried Feliaway n it nott werk one iota… Read more »
Sister Precious is so much like our Zoey, so we can totally relate. It’s not easy.
Lots of love and opinions but it’s almost impossible to implement changes without a proper behavioral consult either in person or via Skype to see the space, the pets and the humans.
You know, some of us are just weird and suspicious by nature! I have been with the Human for almost 10 years and I *still* don’t trust her. You know what? Precious is safe and well-fed and loved and taken care of–the rest is up to her. Your peeps are the Best, Brian. My Human’s okay too 😉 –sometimes.
You are such a giving and loving and amazing family. Sister Precious sure has come a long way. I know you’ll give her space to decide when to take the next tiny step forward. What a sweetie.
We think that Precious might REALLY not think she’s a Cat! It’s wonderful that you are all so incredibly patient with her. Blessings.
Meez not gunna twy tu offew any suggestions, meez just wants tu say Fank yous fuw stickin’ wiff hers and not fwowin’ hers out.
Having multiple furries in a home sure keeps things lively. 🙂
when she’s ready,it will all fall in to place,xx Rachel
TBT is allus amazed how we lay our heads to sleep without pillows.