Many of you humans gave me advice about what to do with my reluctant roommate Marley. The human has taken a lot of your advice, and I wanted to let you know what is happening with the pretty little girl.
We are facing a challenge that is common to many cat adoptions. The cat that comes into the home often has some difficulty adjusting to the current residents, or vice versa. Many organizations have provided good advice about how to make a cat adoption go smoothly. Sadly, the advice about isolating the new feline in a room to itself is not something that takes into account the intelligence and determination of bengal cats like me, Jacey, and Marley.
When Jacey came to my home, the human put her in the bathroom and closed the door. Well, that did not work for very long. The first night that she was in our home, one of us opened the bathroom door and out she came.
The same thing happened with Marley.
Now, Marley was okay with us as long as we left her alone. She must have been an only cat before. But when Jacey and I wanted to become furiends with her, she started to isolate herself. She got to the point where she went hiding in the box spring, and the human had to extract her from there.
The human was able to implement some of the advice of people who handle many cat adoptions. Marley was isolated in her crate once again, and while it is not ideal, it is better. Then the human put wooden slats under the bed so that none of us could get into the box spring again, and now he’s left the doors of the crate open.
Marley has adapted to these conditions. She will not go out of the crate — it’s her safe area — but she has started to stick her head out of the top of the crate. And when I entered the crate the other day, the human was prepared to hear growling from Marley, but she did not complain too much.
The human is going to continue to use the crate as Marley’s safe area, but he is also going to leave it open so that we can interact as we see fit. We are hopeful that this will work!