|"Hi! I'm Pepper Anne! Won't you be my friend?"|
"Just LOOK at this adorable kitten!" I'd chirp, thrusting my phone into his field of vision several times a day.
"Yeah, she's cute," he'd mumble, and continue trying to rake leaves or shower or drive off to work.
"Poor Squeaky," I'd muse, whenever Squeaky the Cat was looking slightly bored. "She needs a playmate."
"Poor Capt. Nap," I'd say, nudging my husband. "See how he's sleeping there on the couch? He totally is wishing he had someone to curl up with."
My husband would look at me blankly and I'd whip out the picture of Pepper Anne again.
"Just LOOK at this adorable kitten!" I'd chirp...and so forth.
After several days of my Super-Stealthy Campaign, I "discovered" that Pepper Anne would be at a local pet store during an adoption event. By making 1,275 perfectly reasonable promises, I managed to talk my husband into going to the pet store "just to LOOK."
Let's fast-forward. We have Pepper Anne. We're several weeks into the trial period, during which we make sure she meshes well with our resident cats. That bit has been rather...TAXING. Let's check in with everyone.
|"This is MY toy!"|
|"It's totally obvious that you don't love me AT ALL."|
I keep Grouchy-Ass Squeaky and Beleaguered Capt. Nap separate from My New Very Favorite Pepper Anne (just kidding; I love them all equally, except for Squeaky, who is being a real pain) when I'm not around. I've read tons of stuff on how to introduce cats, and pestered the people at the adoption center with 4,857,973 questions. In addition, I've spent around $78,974 on cat-calming items. Below are just a few:
|Jackson Galaxy SPIRIT ESSENCES drops and Feliway COMFORT ZONE spray.|
|Feliway diffusers for the areas in the house where conflicts are most likely to occur. (AKA, the ENTIRE house.)|
|I'm keeping Wee Squeaky, though. She's MUCH better behaved.|