8.07.2013

Finn, The Cat

Last weekend we got a cat and named him Finn. Jordan and I had been to the shelter quite a few times and I finally convinced him that a cat would be a good addition to our lives. There has been quite a bit of adjusting for all three of us in the last week. His first night he spent wandering the apartment howling every 15 minutes for the entire night. Try as I might, I couldn't get him to calm down. I was up with him at 3 in the morning and never got more than twenty minutes of sleep after that. I was starting to have some major, "What have I done?" talks with myself and definitely cried about it for most of the day. I started doing a lot of reading and got advice from my dad as well. 

The next night we put him in the bathroom with everything he could possibly need and I went to sleep with some ear plugs. I could hear him every so often during the night but for the most part he did pretty well! And we actually got some sleep! I mean, I just used two exclamation points, I think you understand. 

He really is a sweet guy and I know he is just figuring everything out. He has been super clingy and skittish but we're hoping that passes. He is used to living at the shelter with like 15 other cats which is why he howls. I keep telling him he's the only cat here, I'm hoping that sinks in soon too.


P.S. Can I just put out into the world how much I dislike when people compare pets to children in ANY way. Just no.

25 comments:

  1. I have a sound maker that we use when we go camping or anywhere where there will be distracting noise. It's just an app on the phone and I turn it on the 'fan' setting or 'white noise'. I also turn a fan on at home to distract myself from any little sounds I might hear in the night. If Finn is super duper loud, it might not help a lot, but it works for us :)

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  2. Oh my gosh this is so cute! My husband and I have been wanting to get a pet for forever! It is nice you saved this cat.
    Carlee
    Little Sloth

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  3. When I got my first cat, many many years ago, we put her in the bathroom at night too because she would destroy things! But, she was also a kitten.

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  4. I'd love to get a cat, it's something I defiantly want to do when I'm older with my own place. Yours is so(!) sweet though! ^.^ xx

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  5. Your cat is adorable! I love him

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  6. i love it. <3 adorable cat.

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  7. i like to think that you named him finnegan in honour of the wonderful finn harries. but since that's probably not true, excuse my fangirl.
    seriously, cats are my favourite. i want one. i don't know why, i just do. he is beautiful.

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  8. He's such a little cutie! Hopefully he adjusts to your home soon :)
    Amia
    www.teapotsandbelles.blogspot.com

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  9. It might help if you get him a friend! When cats are used to live in a "community", they tend to get lonely and needy when alone...! Seriously, having two cats is not harder or more expensive than having one. It's actually much easier!
    Good luck! =)

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    1. My dad said the same thing. Getting a second cat isn't really an option right now though. But he is doing better. :) thanks!

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  10. all of this will totally pass. my cat was a total betch when I first got her and kept me up all night. at times I was even terrified of her. now she is a near perfect angel! adopting an adult cat is hard on everyone sometimes, but he will adjust :)

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  11. He's an absolute perfect shade of orange. SUCH A BEAUTY.

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  12. I hate when people compare pets to children, too. Drives me crazy. Someone said to me one time, after I was complaining about being woken up by my roommates dog who was yappy 24/7, "And you think you're ready to have a baby?" Blew my mind and made me very angry. On another note, Finnigan is very handsome and I'm sure he will adjust to his new home eventually. When I moved into my home from an apartment, my cat hid in the laundry basket in the closet for almost 2 months. Haha.

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    1. THANK YOU. I think it's insulting in any way to compare them. I get you, girl.

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  13. when we got a cat from the shelter she hid under the bed for literally like 2 weeks. we couldn't get her to come out for anything. then slowly but surely she started feeling more comfortable and now she runs around like she owns the place. im sure little fin will too.

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  14. Hi there! Finnegan is beautiful. Orange kitties can be trouble makers lol. You may want to get him a Feliway diffuser or Feliway spray to spritz around the house. I have done lots of kitty rescue and this product helps keep cats calm and comfortable:) I have been using it for about 10 years and have never really seen it not help de-stress a cat.

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  15. A cat is always a good idea, no matter what. I'm glad it's going a little better. Finnegan is gorgeous.

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  16. Thank you for rescuing him and not buying a cat!! You just saved TWO lives - by adopting him, it made space for another cat to be at the shelter. Also, if you have a ticking clock, wrap it in a shirt or blanket and put it in his little sleeping area. The quiet ticking reminds animals of their moms, and the other animals they had been living with at the shelter, bc it sounds like a heartbeat. Also, tuck one of your worn t-shirts (like whatever you wore or slept in the day before) into the sleeping space, too. Insta-bond from sniffing in your scent all night. Give him some time, like a few weeks, to realize he is safe and won't be going back to the shelter nor be abandoned. He'll settle in before you know it, and it'll be like you've had him forever. Congrats!

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  17. he's gorgeous.
    i've had many cats, and i've actually never had problems with howling.
    i would suggest that you stick with one room like the bathroom for him to sleep with so he gets familiar with it.
    best of luck lady.

    K

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  18. Oh my goodness! Orange tabbies are the best. He's adorable. We have two cats, and they had to adjust too -- I hope Finn does it soon, for the sake of your health! :)

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  19. Awww I'm glad you gave this guy a home. He is gorgeous. Our cat was a rescue cat and we found that a stuffed leopard toy helped. Not sure why? but it worked so we went with it! Have fun getting to know each other.

    B

    Biancasinwonderland.blogspot.co.uk

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  20. He's adorable! I'm sure he'll get use to everything within time. I've had my cat since she was a kitten and every once in awhile she'll howl during the night (or even day sometimes) if she thinks she is in the house alone. He's probably just lonely and will get use to it soon. I agree with Bianca above, a stuffed animal may help!

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