Thursday, July 14, 2011

Meet Abbey

As I left off from my last post, as soon as I saw her, I knew she was most likely "the one."

Mirza and I both  wanted another Maine Coon mix. Hell, if we had the money, we may have even gone to a breeder, but I fully support adoption and the shelters are so full of loving animals who need homes.

When I saw this kitten sitting alone in her big cage waiting impatiently for someone to let her out, a tear came to my eye because I thought of Max and all we went through with him. We would do anything to have him back, but he's gone, and some part of me just knows that he would be okay with us getting another kitty. Plus, I know we are amazing fur-parents and any cat would be absolutely the luckiest thing alive to live with us:)

The volunteer at the SPCA took our furry friend out of the cage and led us to the room where kitty could walk around behind closed doors to meet us in private. As soon as she put her down, she immediately came over to us and began rubbing her face on my leg and purring.

Meet Abbey.
2+lbs. Born 4/21/11, making her over 2 months old.
We named her Abbey after Abbey Road. It just fit her!

It has been one week and she has certainly made herself at home and is completely trusting and relaxed with us.  Her favorite hobby is following us from room-to-room and napping in our laps.

And of course, playing...

I want her to live a long and happy life, and just as I did for Max, she too is being fed a high-quality diet.
Right now, she is eating mostly Wellness for Kittens canned food with a tiny amount of dry food per day. I like Wellness because it is grain wheat, soy, or corn. It does have a small amount of vegetables, which cats don't necessarily eat in the wild (except for what's in the stomachs of their victims, but it's digested), but it's a small amount and better than what is in most commercial can foods.

 Cats, in general, should not even have kibble. It's full of carbohydrates and makes kitties fat. They need a high water content.

Just the past couple of days, I've been researching more and purchased a 3lb bag of Nature's Variety Instinct Raw Medallions in chicken. This is raw meat, bones, etc. Nature's Variety does have 5% vegetables mixed in, which is okay, but I am also looking into Feline's Pride that has no vegetable content.

So far? She loves it!

(If you'd like to learn more about cat health and diet, I highly recommend the website, Cat Info. The veterinarian that wrote the articles put a lot of time and effort into educating, and there's also a wonderful chart of cat food brands that breaks down tons of nutritional information that the companies do not put on the cans!)

I want her to be as healthy as possible. I know that illnesses can occur that are out of my hands (like cancer...poor Max), but I know I did everything possible to keep Max healthy, so I need to give Abbey that same chance.

-This now concludes my crazy-cat lady post-


StephTheBookworm said...

So precious!

Cathy said...

She is SO cute! I have to cuddle my kitten now. He's bugging me by trying to chew on the computer mouse. I told him it's a bit of a cliché but he didn't seem to care.

Katie said...

Awww - Abbey is such a cutie pie! So so adorable.

Jill Gainer said...

Hi, it's Jill from Nature's Variety. Abbey is a lucky kitty to have someone so loving and caring as you watching out for her. We love that you're researching healthy food, and hope that she loves ours! Meows to you!