Lorin & Bernie
Here’s the first follow up to the Bernie story. As I mentioned in my last post, “About Bernie,” Lorin met Bernie while harness shopping at PetSmart for our cat Sylvester. Bernie was not surrendered by his owners as we previously thought: his owner died and he was brought to a pound in Paterson, NJ before going to PetSmart. The hair on his back was severely matted, so they shaved him–he doesn’t like being touched there.
Lorin and I went to see Bernie together Saturday afternoon. He is a very gentle boy, timid in fact. He was housed with 10 other cats and kittens–he had his own large cage with a jumbo-sized bed. The lady from S.T.A.R.T. (Save the Animals Rescue Team) said that he loves catnip, the feather stick and his catnip fish. She said we could take him home for a week and see how it goes with the other cats, and bring him back if it doesn’t work out. She gave us his bed and catnip fish, and we purchased some of the Science Diet “Perfect Weight” cat food he has been eating–he is on a diet. He is heavy at 24 pounds, but she said his bloodwork tested negative for diabetes, and he’s had his other vaccinations.
Bernie came home with us Saturday afternoon.
We set up a food and water dish, his bed and a litter box in the guest room to get him acclimated. He spent the first 36 hours or so under the bed. Samson was the first to check him out: he went under the bed and gave him a sniff and walked back out.
Quincy, the head of the household, was most curious about Bernie. He went under the bed, hissed (but no ears back) and gave a low growl, letting him know who was boss.
Quincy (laying down) and Samson
Karl is also very interested in Bernie, and even nibbled at his food.
By Sunday night, Bernie was sitting on top of the bed: progress!
This morning Quincy jumped on the bed with Bernie on it to take a better look at him, then ran away.
Judging by his gentle demeanor, Bernie might make the perfect therapy cat. We shall see.
So that’s where we are at so far.
I will continue to post updates throughout the week.
Happy Tuesday, everyone!