Meet Abby the Tabby
I saw on facebook a friend trying to find a new home for one of her cats, since we had been talking about getting a cat for a while, we pounced on the idea!
Okay, so it wasn't quite a pounce, rather we carefully contemplated the idea of introducing a cat to our family so soon after bringing home a baby and with our kids so young and bringing home a cat with previous issues.
The situation seemed like a good fit for us since Abby is already 2 years old so we don't have to worry about training a kitten, and she has been raised in a family with three young children already so I don't have to worry about how she will be around our young rambunctious kids. And since she had a few previous issues in her first home, our friends agreed that we would give Abby a two week trial type period to make sure she was a good fit for our family, and if not, they would try to find another alternative for her.
So last Saturday, we went and picked Abby up. We didn't talk to the kids at all about us bringing home a cat so they would not overwhelm her with their excitement.
The first few hours she spend under the bed, but she would slowly come out for attention if Scott or I went into the room alone. By the next day she was sleeping at the foot of our bed and begging for attention. A few days later she would timidly come out to eat and then retreat back to our room either under our bed or at the foot of the bed.
Now a week later, Abby has made herself at home, sleeping at our feet, eating well and even curling up on the couch (after the boys go to bed). The boys love the new kitty and she tolerates their little grabbing hands.