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On Welcoming An Older Cat Into Your Home

By cecilyk |

I’ve spent plenty of time as a cat lady, but for the last year I was catless.

It sucked.

So, after much work on my husband (he was sick of litterpans; see cat lady statement above), he finally agreed to let us get a new cat. I was planning on a kitten (my excuse being that I have a six-year-old daughter and clearly she needs a new kitten, right?) but we waited for the right opportunity, and sure enough, my friend Jana let me know that she had a cat in her yard that needed a home. She called her “Abby” and asked if I wanted her.

So we said yes.

“Abby” turned out to be a boy, so we renamed him Jackson (my daughter’s choice) and we call him Jax for short. He’s a little bit broken cause he’s missing a tail, ridiculously skinny, and perfect for our family. Here’s how we integrated him into our home.

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On Welcoming An Older Cat Into Your Home

Gentle Introduction

We brought the carrier with Jax in it into the office where he was going to live for a bit and left in the office still and closed for about a half hour after the drive home. He needed time alone to relax after being in a car. Eventually, we opened the carrier and allowed Jax to climb out on his own. We left the carrier in a closet with an open door so that he could ease into things. Here he is exiting the closet and I annoyingly stick a camera in his face.

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Cecily Kellogg writes all over the web, including here at Babble for Voices and Tech. She neglects her own blog, Uppercase Woman. Read bio and latest posts → Read Cecily's latest posts →

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