Foster update: What happened to Spuds?
If you follow me on social media, particularly Instagram, you may have noticed that Spuds has been missing in action lately. Well there is a reason for that. Spuds is not longer with us. A hem…let me clarify! Check out the video clip below.
Now, since Spuds is back at the animal clinic, we were more than happy to accept another foster cat. Say hello to Stubby! He came from the same hoarding situation as Spuds. He was one of three cats rescued from that house. Stubby is a 6-7 year old short-haired tabby cat with white paws.
The first two days with Stubby were interesting. I can say he is definitely not as chatty as Spuds however definitely more shy. He was so scared of every noise and sound in the building, I think it put him on edge. Despite this he was quiet as a mouse and wasn’t very energetic, so we tried leaving the crate door to his cage open the second evening. Well that was a mistake.
Things got off to a rocky start when the next morning, I discovered Stubby had peed on our bathroom rug. (FYI Apple cider vinegar and laundry detergent works wonders to remove pet urine by the way). Next, I went to the kitchen to make coffee and our kitchen mat now had scratches and looked like it was shredded with a rake. Sigh! Luckily the rug is thick enough that we can flip it over and none would be the wiser.
Well, I made it a point the next night (and going forward) to keep Stubby in his crate at night at bedtime. I also made it clear for him to use his scratching post and by placing it inside the crate with him. With these two hiccups under our belt, Stubby was still pretty shy and mild-mannered. Sometimes he is so quiet I forget he’s around.
It has taken a full week for Stubby to feel comfortable enough to venture out of his cage for longer than a few minutes. I’m sure with time and reassurance, he’ll gain confidence slowly but surely. His favorite thing to do at the moment is stay in hidden in enclosed spaces.
As far as I can tell so far, Stubby prefers a calm or quiet environment, so a house full of kids is probably not ideal for him. It’s only been one week, however so far, everything is going well. One thing I noticed about Stubby right away is he reminds me of my first cat Precious. She was a Tabby cat too. And his big eyes remind me of my sweet Dusty.
I don’t know what the future holds, but he’s definitely growing on my heart-strings in a different way than Spuds. I suppose different fosters will have that effect on you, right? Will this be a foster fail? Time will tell.
All I know is this time around I can say my second foster buddy Stubby is adorable, a bit stocky but such a handsome boy! I look forward to sharing more updates with you all going forward so stay tuned!
Did you miss my recent post My life as a first time foster mom…Meet Spuds!?
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