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26 October 2008 @ 05:33 pm
Today we enjoyed perfect autumn weather; after yesterday's rainy, grey and blustery (which, I must confess, I adored), it's a delight. It's getting a bit chilly now that the sun has set, but it's all good. I have fresh bread from the last farmer's market of the season. I've made an enormous salad and a pot of cream of broccoli (and other veggies) soup. Don is building a fire in the woodstove. Our five kitties are ranged around the house, sleeping on various cushy surfaces.

Reread that last sentence.

FIVE kitties.

Handsome Tom is inside. On purpose, this time. We brought him in yesterday. None of the girls are happy about it, but aside from hissing and growling and a few well placed smacks, the first twenty four hours have been reasonably amicable. For his part, HT has been a dream. He is entirely non-confrontational. Well, he chased a very unhappy and very vocal Esme around the house for a good ten minutes this morning, but he desperately wanted to play. In fact, any time I try to play with one of the other kitties, he comes bouncing over, wanting his turn. He slept at the foot of the bed last night (all the other kitties save Isabeau found other places to sleep), has been using the litterbox, and has been a perfect gentleman. He keeps looking outside, though, and when we had the screen door open, he was pawing at it and meowing. Once we closed it, he was completely chill. I'm hoping a winter's worth of indoor time will curb any desire to go back outside. I don't want him diving through a screen come spring.


FIVE kitties.
I feel: optimisticoptimistic
Adrienne C.adrienne429 on October 26th, 2008 10:01 pm (UTC)
Am I totally bad for really being happy that Handsome Tom is in your house? He needed a family and now he has a full house.

You guys did a good thing, really!
Kel: fairy tale loveladyjoust on October 27th, 2008 12:05 am (UTC)
You're not bad for being happy. I've just got such mixed feelings...

The dynamic with the four kitties was perfect. They got on, they played, there was no drama. Now all of that is shot to hell, for a while at least, and I feel like a terrible person for inflicting that upon my girls.

On the other hand, I love knowing HT is safe and warm. Indoor kitties tend to live a LOT longer than outdoor, or even indoor/outdoor. He's such a dear. He loves snuggling up with me. Right now he's curled up at the foot of my bed, and any time I pass through the bedroom he tips his head back to look at me and starts purring.


I know we did a good thing, it's just... five kitties.

On the happier side of things, we need to set up a luncheon or a dinner or something so you, and mayhap Molly, can come and meet him! And Esme, of course. She's such a love.
Adrienne C.adrienne429 on October 28th, 2008 06:26 pm (UTC)
I would love to see you and Don and the whole family. (I love playing with kitties.)
Chad Dylan Cooper just stole my yogurt!faded_lilac on October 26th, 2008 10:21 pm (UTC)
Yay for Handsome Tom!

So, knowing nothing about having non-indoor cats, I've been wondering if there's a reason you don't want HT just wandering in and out the way a lot of people's cats do.
Kel: Donna in the snowladyjoust on October 27th, 2008 12:02 am (UTC)
All of my other kitties have been indoor from day one (the first two were raised in very tiny Manhattan apartments). Even if I were comfortable letting them out (which I'm not, since we're so close to a road where people drive FAR too fast, and there are critters, and I'm a worrier), they're not equipped to be out there. If I let HT in and out, Zinda and Esme would probably want to go, too.

Also, as noted above, I'm a worrier. When Tom wouldn't show up for a couple of days, I panicked, and found myself looking along the side of the road for his poor mangled body.

The way I see it (and I am totally rationalizing this decision every chance I get), I'll save money by having him inside. I don't have to get him de-wormed, I don't have to Frontline him, I save on those trips to the vet due to injuries incurred while tangling with other critters...
Chad Dylan Cooper just stole my yogurt!faded_lilac on October 27th, 2008 12:22 am (UTC)
Makes total sense! I would be much too worried to let my cat outside, even if she had claws (as it is, she just runs outside and hides in the bushes until we crawl in and put her back inside). And this way, you also don't end up with headless small animals on the front stairs.
Ilena Ayalanetsearcher on October 27th, 2008 03:19 am (UTC)

I can't be the only one who saw this coming. :)
Vampcurse: Kermit YAYvampcurse on October 27th, 2008 12:24 pm (UTC)
Yaaay! Handsome Tom's inside!

Actually, I figured you guys would bring him in for the winter and then put him back out in the spring. But this is nice too!
Zoë Tzoethor on October 27th, 2008 06:10 pm (UTC)
I knew you'd fold!!! :P

No, though, really, this is a very Ms Friskers sort of a tale, and I am so happy knowing Handsome Tom has a good place to be warm and live and eat and generally be happy. Yay for helping kitties! They deserve it more than people! (Ha, kind of a joke... kind of.)

If it helps any, Ms Friskers is TERRIFIED of the outdoors. It makes her terribly unhappy and she is not at ALL interested in it. It's amazing what six months of not being rained on will do for a cat's attitude about indoor v outdoor.
Maire: cataranturas on October 29th, 2008 12:49 am (UTC)
Yep...knew that would happen...at least now you don't have to worry about HT being all cold and wet this winter, chasing bears for his food...the girls will get used to him, or he will start ruling them as his harem. Can't you see him lying on your bed, having them fawn all over him? No? Well they are cats, afterall.