Wednesday, November 17, 2010


I adopted Merlin a little over a year ago.  He was just a kitten, sitting in a cage at a shelter, surrounded by many other kittens and cats.  He chose me, and I chose him, and even though I am a "dog person", Merlin has captured my heart like no one else ever has. 

Due to pet restrictions, Merlin is temporarily living at my parents' house.  To make things easier on them, I bought some nail caps for Merlin's front paws.  This would prevent him from scratching up any furniture, without causing him any distress.  I was impressed at how well the nail caps work.  They also make him look quite stylish, don't you think?

I was a bit worried about how Merlin would adjust.  He was used to living with a lot of other animals and only two adult humans.  At my house he'd run and hide from guests.  So then he went to live in a house with no other pets, two adult humans and several young children.  I did what I could to help him adjust - gave him a safe place to hide in an empty bedroom, used Feliway to lower his stress, brought his favorite items from home and purchased several more items that I thought he would like.  It didn't take long before he settled in and then quickly took over.  Now he thinks he owns the house, and probably will hate to come back to a house filled with other dogs and cats and with no children to entertain him. 

That's how he sees it, you know. The kids are there just to play with him. They make the magic laser light appear to give him something to chase. They also run through the house carrying his favorite ribbon, and throw cat toys throughout the house for him to pick up and carry around in his mouth.

He's not going to like coming back home to just me and a bunch of other pets.  Sure, the dogs keep him busy by chasing him now and then, but it's not the same.  I won't be able to live up to Merlin's expectations, and he won't be able to continue to live the lifestyle that he has become accustomed to.  I just hope that he can forgive me someday. 


JackDaddy said...

Now you know that cats NEVER forgive! :)

brooke said...

If he starts peeing in your closet, send him back to your parents! :)
He's a cutie! Makes me miss my kitty!

Kari in WeHo said...

Im sure he will make the adjustment back to your house just like he did with your parents house


Erika said...

I have a feeling the same thing will happen to me. Blair loves being at Grandma's house, she gets to go outside and explore something I never let her do.

Frankie Furter said...

Wow... I have never even HEARD of kitty Nail Caps.

Anonymous said...

Laurie, a friend who adopted 2 cats from me has used the nail caps for several years. Her cats accept them well, and she enjoys putting different colors on for the holidays!
Merlin looks like a happy cat! Cats do well with well-behaved boys and girls. Two of my nephews' families have cats that they adopted from me years ago, and they have been great with the great-nieces and nephews!
But I think Merlin will be happy to be home with you when it all works out. Linda

Tucker said...

Merlin is quite the handsome
man-cat! Glad that he is enjoying his extended vacation, but I know you will be so glad to have him home again, and I bet he will be, too.

Tucker's Mom

Mollie Jo and Bobo said...

Merlin you nails are simply darling! Glad to see its all working out at the grandpawrents house!

Wags and Licks,
Mollie Jo & Bobo

Anonymous said...

Oh, I bet he'll get over it. But you might want to sleep with one eye open for awhile just to makes sure. And be on the lookout for a little kitteh hobo bag tied to a stick.

Wiggles & Wags,

Two Pitties in the City said...

Are you getting closer to finding a place where you can all be reunited? I'm glad the nail caps worked. We tried some for our dogs, but either their nails were too long, or I did it wrong, but they kept falling off.

Kristine said...

Merlin is gorgeous and has an equally awesome name.

I'm glad things are working out for him while you wait for your dream house.

JulieB said...

I'm sure Merlin misses his mama like crazy! I hope that you guys can be reunited soon, and I'm sure he'll forgive you in no time. Cute nails btw!