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Jun. 7th, 2005

My heart sank when Leila refused to come out of her travelling basket last Sunday; such a sharp contrast to how she'd been when I took her to my Mum's a fortnight earlier. The next morning, she still hadn't moved, and I decided to give the idea of keeping her in a separate room from the other two cats a try, so I put food, water and a makeshift litterbox in 'The Bathroom' (which is really just a shower and a space for the washing machine) and left her there until I ran out of patience around 6 o'clock tonight. I took her out into the lounge with me, and after about 40 minutes, she started to relax enough to start purring. Another hour or so passed before I dared to move and make myself a coffee, taking Leila into the kitchen with me and making sure she was never more than 5 seconds without me. She hissed at Manasse a few times, but no fights ensued, and I took her back in with me to watch a bit of telly (not that there was anything on, but I had a cat to soothe, and she always used to like sitting and watching telly with me). And after another hour had passed, Leila suddenly got up from my lap and stretched out on the floor in front of me, begging for a tummy rub!

She stayed at my feet in the middle of the room (so no hiding in corners or under sofas anymore) for the rest of the evening. Then I went to check my e-mails and she got into a scrap with Manasse, so I've just put her back in the bathroom again with food and water and a clean litterbox -- but I can't wait to repeat the experiment tomorrow night. Maybe, I do know better than the vet and all it'll take to turn this cat around will be just lots of love and a bit more time. 'Think about having her re-homed', indeed!

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hesadevil
Jun. 7th, 2005 10:12 pm (UTC)
The scrap with Manasse sounds like a healthy sign. I'd leave them to it next time it happens. She's re-establishing who's the boss.

Poor Manasse - ball-less and now pussy-whipped - sorry, couldn't resist.

The daughter has found a home for her two cats. She says she can no longer look after them as she's rarely at home, which is true. But I bet it'll tear her apart when she drives them to their new home after the couple who are adopting them return from their honeymoon.
gamiila
Jun. 8th, 2005 07:16 am (UTC)
She's re-establishing who's the boss.

Of course she is! I shouldn't have locked her in the bathroom again, should I?

The daughter has found a home for her two cats. She says she can no longer look after them as she's rarely at home, which is true.

That's the number one problem any pet owner faces...although my vet told me that it's mostly the owner that suffers through self-induced guilt rather than the animal -- because when the owners are at home, they lavish attention on their pets, the animal rarely feels hard done by. Although, she was trying to talk me into giving Leila up for adoption when she gave me this lecture...
curiouswombat
Jun. 7th, 2005 10:35 pm (UTC)
So glad things are improving on the cat front. Scrapping sounds infinitely more normal than hiding and refusing to have anything to do with anyone.
gamiila
Jun. 8th, 2005 07:18 am (UTC)
Doesn't it? My Leila's getting better! ;-)
chantal87
Jun. 7th, 2005 10:37 pm (UTC)
Fantastic!
At least she isn't hiding anymore. That's a great sign.
gamiila
Jun. 8th, 2005 07:19 am (UTC)
That's a great sign.

It's early days, but...yes, I think so.
anonypooh
Jun. 7th, 2005 10:39 pm (UTC)
Maybe, I do know better than the vet and all it'll take to turn this cat around will be just lots of love and a bit more time. 'Think about having her re-homed', indeed!

Mum always knows best! ;)!
gamiila
Jun. 8th, 2005 07:20 am (UTC)
Let's hope so in this instant!
desdemonaspace
Jun. 7th, 2005 10:41 pm (UTC)
Oh, good! I've been worried about you two. Either you've been very silent or I've entirely missed your postings.

Nice new layout, BTW! I like the colors.
gamiila
Jun. 8th, 2005 07:24 am (UTC)
Nice new layout, BTW! I like the colors.

Do you? I like them, too -- and did you notice? I've put my old 'Drowning in Footwear'-background back in use, while bogwitch works on a new CoRo-themed one.
desdemonaspace
Jun. 8th, 2005 09:42 am (UTC)
I only notice the background when my dial-up is slow and the background stays while everything else loads in a leisurely fashion. This time, it was zippy for some reason.

I do love that background, though. It says "Gamiila" to me!
gamiila
Jun. 8th, 2005 12:03 pm (UTC)
It says "Gamiila" to me!

As does this icon, I'm sure you'll agree ;-)!
julchek
Jun. 8th, 2005 05:00 pm (UTC)
As does this icon, I'm sure you'll agree

Yup, this particular icon does indeed scream out "Gamiila"! Very cool.

I'm glad to hear that Leila is coming around - I'll keep my fingers crossed that this excellent progress continues.

Hugs, sweetie!
gamiila
Jun. 8th, 2005 08:09 pm (UTC)
this particular icon

hesadevil made it for me, for Christmas I believe...

Leila is still a long way from alright (at the moment she's sitting on my bed petrified, but she's not running away so points for that, I think). We'll just take it one day at a time.
missmurchison
Jun. 7th, 2005 10:52 pm (UTC)
I hope she continues to improve but not so much that she bullies Manasse.

*crosses fingers*
gamiila
Jun. 8th, 2005 07:26 am (UTC)
The way I'm feeling now, she can bully Manasse as much as she likes, if she'll just stop being a literal scaredy-cat...
superplin
Jun. 7th, 2005 10:52 pm (UTC)
I am following along with trepidation as I get ready to add another cat to the household next month. So reassuring to hear that all she really needs is some heavy-duty TLC. Good luck!
gamiila
Jun. 8th, 2005 07:28 am (UTC)
Ooh, Fred'll have someone to play with? That's wonderful! Hope you won't have any problems with the introduction...but Fred's still young and adaptable enough, I wager. Good luck, in any case!
bogwitch
Jun. 7th, 2005 11:13 pm (UTC)
Come on, Leila! That's better!
gamiila
Jun. 8th, 2005 07:30 am (UTC)
On behalf of Leila: thanks for the cheers and support!
freakspawn
Jun. 8th, 2005 08:01 am (UTC)
that's great news!
gamiila
Jun. 8th, 2005 08:09 am (UTC)
Hey! We're not out of the woods yet, but...slowly but surely...hopefully...you know what I mean.
enigmaticblues
Jun. 8th, 2005 02:55 pm (UTC)
Hooray! That's progress!
gamiila
Jun. 8th, 2005 05:00 pm (UTC)
Oops! She just ran for cover again....:(
enigmaticblues
Jun. 8th, 2005 10:30 pm (UTC)
Aw, poor sweetie.
spiralleds
Jun. 9th, 2005 12:23 am (UTC)
That sounds positive. Here's hoping that Leila gets her groove back.
gamiila
Jun. 9th, 2005 06:10 am (UTC)
Oh - what a cute little kitty in your icon!
vegmb
Jun. 13th, 2005 09:13 pm (UTC)
I'm catching up on LJ from my week away. I do hope she has continued to improve.
gamiila
Jun. 14th, 2005 06:09 am (UTC)
Unfortunately, no: Leila's regressed and spent a week hiding behind the washing machine. She's on medication now; anxiety blockers -- hopefully they'll start having some effect within the next two weeks.
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