It’s officially been a week since Leila joined our family, and a productive week it has been. While Leila was never shy, she did take a day or so to get comfortable with her new surroundings. Leila fits in extremely well with our other animals…most of them. Sadie hasn’t been too thrilled but she’s coming around.
The last time I had a kitten in my house was six years ago, and that was Edison. Edison was a crazy kitten. I barely slept for the first six months of his life with me, that’s how active he was. I would do anything to have those days back despite the lack of sleep. Leila, compared to Edison, is very laid back. She likes to explore the house and run around with the dogs. Last night was her first night sleeping in our bed. Leila slept through the night. She’s also getting on the other animals’ schedule – hangs out in the morning, plays a bit, afternoon nap, up for dinner and more play, then asleep by 9.
Leila – 11 Weeks Old
Favorite toy: Tennis balls (we have mini ones because our dogs are small. She LOVES rolling them all over the house.)
Favorite hang out spot: The mini kitty condo.
Favorite sleeping spot: Under the guest bed or on the couch if everyone else is still awake.
Favorite food: Pro Plan and Fancy Feast kitten wet food. Currently on Pro Plan dry kitten food also.
Temperament: Fun, playful, very chatty. I should have named her “Cathy” 😉
Wynston, Khloee and McKenzie Rae continue to do well with Leila. They have a lot of patience. Khloee is her best play buddy. They play with the tennis balls together and Leila likes to swing from Khloee’s ears. But Poodle loves it. She adores Leila. Leila has been sleeping on McKenzie Rae and she doesn’t mind one bit. My dogs are so good. I’m totally going to brag because I feel so lucky that all of my animals get along so well.
Joey still doesn’t care about Leila. He has the attitude like “Hey. You’re cool. I’m going to hang out by myself now. Bye.” Sadie is still hissing but not nearly as much. I’ve been giving Sadie extra attention so she doesn’t think she’s forgotten. Yesterday Sadie and Leila touched noses, which was huge progress. Sadie hissed and ran away afterwards, but hey, progress, not perfection.
My biggest challenge is Leila wanting to go outside with the dogs. I do carry her out for fresh air and I’ve showed her where she can sit by an open window. But it’s not good enough for her – she wants to run in the grass with the dogs, dang it! That’s where harness training comes into play.
I’m incredibly pleased with Leila’s progress. She’s been perfect for our family and I cannot wait to spend another 20 years with her!