10: LUX – FIRST DAYS, 2

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Adapted from my Lux Journal:
Day 3: Lux was under the comforter on the bed when I came in this morning. Overnight he ate all food. Now to introduce him to my other cats.

We have 3 cats: Tinkerbelle, an elderly OHS rescue who is now a therapy cat; Little who is also an OHS rescue; and Big Red who came to live on our porch and never left (He’s an inside cat now, of course). Usually I would give them more time to get used to a newcomer, but Jackson needed an assessment of Lux asap so he could decide what direction he wanted to take the case. How Lux fit with other cats was an important concern. Lux had never seen another cat. He was rejected by his mother at birth, and his owner bottle-fed him as a kitten. We were about to find out what he thought of these things with fur and whiskers and meows and scents similar to his own.

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Jackson gave us a feeding exercise to start out introducing the cats safely. It entailed feeding both cats on opposite sides of a door with a gap underneath. Our first try was with Red. It went without incident so we continued giving each of the cats a turn. Red and Tinkerbelle showed no interest in Lux at this point, and Little, my official greeter of all who entered my house, really wanted to meet him. I let her briefly into the room. Both she and Lux hissed but passively. I took her out again. Normal first greeting.

Read more about introducing cats at http://jacksongalaxy.com/2010/10/01/cat-to-cat-introductions/

Note: Lux is making progress, yet not the progress I’d hoped for. It’s a short time to unwind a very tense cat. He is confused by my other cats. I doubt he’ll happily accept them in the time allotted though I think it would happen eventually. Lux is creating new memories. He is already adopting a routine. He is very intelligent. Glad to note he’s sitting straighter now, not hunched.

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 Evening: We got some toys from Jackson and are trying to inspire Lux to play, something he never did according to his family. He likes the Cat Catcher, but seems unsure what to do with it. He did finally sit up and grab for it, then turned to Jim and hissed as if he was proud of himself. No interest yet in catnip mice, pillows or crinkle balls.

Night: I tried sleeping in Lux’s room, but after I turned off the light, he began to prowl. He rattled the blinds, wanting to see out the window. He hissed a little when I turned on the light and moved toward the blinds to open them. I left at 1:30 since I needed some real sleep before work the next morning.

Lux was still prowling………………………….

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About Mollie Hunt

I am the crazy cat lady, animal shelter volunteer, Trekkie, and mystery writer. I live in the rainy Pacific Northwest and will watch any TV show or movie filmed here. Even though I am of a goodly age (sixty-something) I go to Star Trek conventions in costume and am not afraid to be by myself. I enjoy my life in the cat lane. Words to live by: Spay and neuter; Live long and prosper; Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference.
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4 Responses to 10: LUX – FIRST DAYS, 2

  1. Steve Parker says:

    Molly,

    Thank you so much for relating you experience with Lux.

    Steve

  2. Fran says:

    Mollie, thanks for the update. Is Lux living with you now? I feel very confident that he will be “normal” with your love and patience. He has touched the hearts of millions of cat lovers. He’s a very special little boy!

    • Mollie Hunt says:

      Luxie isn’t with me now. He has been under professional care for the past months, in a loving and home-like environment with professionals who care for him greatly. In their opinion, he is about ready to try for his forever home. Not sure if he’s coming back to me or not. There are a lot of things involved. Thanks for your confidence in me. He has a wonderful care team and I wish every animal could be so deeply loved. That said, though I believe Lux can live a “normal” happy life, I don’t think he will ever be normal. Lets just call him “special” and love him for what he is.

  3. Fran says:

    I love him. He has truly stolen my heart. I love hearing about his progress. Could you please keep me updated?

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