Introducing our little Pip Squeak (Little Pip)

mattgirl

I started this discussion over on my Broken Hearted thread. Decided this little girl deserved her own thread since she is helping to heal a broken heart.

We took little Pip Squeak to the vet yesterday to get her spayed. After they shaved her belly they discovered it had already been done. I hate that we put her through the stress of the trip to the vet but I am happy to know it has been done. She wasn't very happy about the ordeal. Hopefully it won't take too long to build back the trust she finally had in us.

We don't know if she was a feral cat that had been caught, spayed and released or she was someones pet. We are going to try to get to the bottom of it though by sharing her photo with neighbors. Some folks have moved away from the area and we have to wonder if she was just left behind if they couldn't find her when they left. If she belongs to someone though I really want to know and will get her back to them if they want her. We live out in the country so houses are pretty spread out. In fact I can't see any neighbors so don't know what kind of pets they have.

Now that I know for sure she has been spayed I will probably start feeding the other one that showed up after she did. He is a very pretty cat. Gray with white markings and fairly long hair. Seeing hungry animals breaks my heart. I know once I start feeding strays others are bound to show up so I don't know if starting is a good idea or not. I do have to be careful about putting food out though. If I decide to do it I feel sure the raccoons are sure to be along shortly 'specially if the cat doesn't clean up all the food. Decisions, Decisions :D

For those that didn't see Little Pip on the other thread, here she is :) When she is sitting out in the sunshine she actually looks purple. All things lead to her being considered a Russian Blue. Gray/blue hair, black nose, pink/mauve toes and green eyes with golden tones.


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PlantedCommunityTank132

She looks so cool and cute. Its nice that you're trying to find out if people are missing her.
 

Rose of Sharon

What a pretty little girl!!!!
 

Fisch

Little Pip chose you....to be honest I would not look for somebody missing a cat. Why give her back to a home that does not want her?
She decided to live with you, is comfortable with you, she gifted the honour of her presence to you. Take that gift with both hands and enjoy :)
 

mattgirl

Little Pip chose you....to be honest I would not look for somebody missing a cat. Why give her back to a home that does not want her?
She decided to live with you, is comfortable with you, she gifted the honour of her presence to you. Take that gift with both hands and enjoy :)
Thank you. If in fact someone left her behind they really don't deserve to get her back. Giving her back would be a very difficult thing to do since we have already gotten so attached to her and I think her to us.

One night we heard something out around our deck. Hubby checked it out and found not only the gray and white cat under the covered part of the deck but also 2 medium size dogs. I am thinking at least the dogs but possibly even the cats belong to the neighbors that live about a quarter of a mile from us. Sure makes me wonder if any of their animals are being taken care of. :(
 

PlantedCommunityTank132

Thank you. If in fact someone left her behind they really don't deserve to get her back. Giving her back would be a very difficult thing to do since we have already gotten so attached to her and I think her to us.

One night we heard something out around our deck. Hubby checked it out and found not only the gray and white cat under the covered part of the deck but also 2 medium size dogs. I am thinking at least the dogs but possibly even the cats belong to the neighbors that live about a quarter of a mile from us. Sure makes me wonder if any of their animals are being taken care of. :(
Some people just don’t deserve pets.
 

StarGirl

Aw how cute! See if you get a pic of the longhaired male. Sounds like my old little buddy Lucky. :)
 

mattgirl

Aw how cute! See if you get a pic of the longhaired male. Sounds like my old little buddy Lucky. :)
I will try but he is pretty wild. He runs when he sees us. If I start feeding him he may get to where he trust me
 

Fisch

I will try but he is pretty wild. He runs when he sees us. If I start feeding him he may get to where he trust me
From zero 4-leggers to four....what a deal ;) , plus all the finners.
 

OutsideFoodBlob

Very lucky animals that you have such a big heart!

Just take the food up at night, they will get used to it only being available during daylight hours. We get opossums, rabbits, squirrels, occasional raccoons and foxes. The outside kitty Pearl (the Toad Waddler) doesn’t mind food being put up: she just goes in her Toad Hole (kitty hut) for the night.

That’s a shame if someone abandoned all their pets with a move. Best of luck with your new to you brood of furry compan
 

mattgirl

Aw how cute! See if you get a pic of the longhaired male. Sounds like my old little buddy Lucky. :)
I was finally able to get a picture of him. Hair isn't really long but longer than Little Pips.
 

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PlantedCommunityTank132

He looks so cute and fluffy
 

mattgirl

He looks so cute and fluffy
He is slowly getting tamer. Unfortunately Little Pip seems to be jealous of him. She slaps him anytime he gets near. She will not allow him to eat so she has to be inside when I feed him outside. Even if she has just finished a meal she will slap him away from his and will try to eat it all herself. I do hope over time once they both learn that they will never go hungry again she will start cutting him some slack. :)
 

PlantedCommunityTank132

I think it just takes time. when we introduces two new dogs to our home a few years ago, our dog had to get used to others eating food as well.
 

Fisch

I was finally able to get a picture of him. Hair isn't really long but longer than Little Pips.
Beautiful markings....
 

mattgirl

Beautiful markings....
He is a very pretty little guy. He isn't very big but is solid. His head seems to be at least twice as big as Little Pips. Everything about him is bigger than she is. I was able to pick him up yesterday but as soon as I felt resistance I put him down. It feels like he is all muscle. It is going to take baby steps to get him to totally trust me but we are getting there.
 

BigManAquatics

He is a very pretty little guy. He isn't very big but is solid. His head seems to be at least twice as big as Little Pips. Everything about him is bigger than she is. I was able to pick him up yesterday but as soon as I felt resistance I put him down. It feels like he is all muscle. It is going to take baby steps to get him to totally trust me but we are getting there.
Earning a cat's trust is one of the more rewarding things ever. Not many things in life better than kitty snuggles and when they show their love right back!
 

86 ssinit

Lots of things to be aware of. If someone else’s pets there could be a problem down the line. If feral they could atrack more cats. You really don’t want that. Now being you had cats and dogs sleeping in the outside area that would have to mean there companions. Cause wild cats and dogs do not play together. Last if food is left out over night and raccoons start coming the cats will leave. Raccoons can and will eat cats.
 

mattgirl

Lots of things to be aware of. If someone else’s pets there could be a problem down the line. If feral they could atrack more cats. You really don’t want that. Now being you had cats and dogs sleeping in the outside area that would have to mean there companions. Cause wild cats and dogs do not play together. Last if food is left out over night and raccoons start coming the cats will leave. Raccoons can and will eat cats.
All very good points. food will not be left out over night. Raccoons visit us quite often so we have learned what to do and not do. Dogs were just here the one really cold night. I've not seen them since then. We have reached out to see where these cats may have come from. So far no such luck. They are here now and I will continue to feed and take care of them and just deal with the consequences should there be any down the line. :)
 

Fisch

Two cats not getting along is pretty normal. Cats are pretty territorial and the hierarchy has to be established. I had two females and for the longest time I had nightly stand offs in the hallway, until they decided who owns which territory in the house. After that they did their best to ignore each other. It will work out at some point. Is the male neutered?
 

mattgirl

Two cats not getting avelong is pretty normal. Cats are pretty territorial and the hierarchy has to be established. I had two females and for the longest time I had nightly stand offs in the hallway, until they decided who owns which territory in the house. After that they did their best to ignore each other. It will work out at some point. Is the male neutered?
No he isn't. I am working with our local shelter to get a voucher to help me pay for it. We were willing to come up with the cash to get little pip spayed to prevent kittens but thankfully didn't have to do it. I am sure she is glad she didn't have to have surgery (again) and will be happy when all that belly hair grows back :D

For now we've not brought the little boy into the house. I don't think it would work out well at all. She wouldn't allow him up on the deck first thing this morning but after a while she allowed him to come up and share her space. She was on a chair and he was on a rug. I had to bring her inside so he could eat. Both of them still have a lot of wild in them but they are coming around more and more every day. We tend to get very attached to fur pets. These little ones are really helping to fill that empty space in our hearts.
 

Fisch

Do you have an upgrade how the story continues? How are the two new family additions coming along?
 

mattgirl

Little Pip seems to have settled in well. She now stays inside during the night. She has proven to be house broken. She actually goes to the door and meows a special meow to let us know she needs to go out. I do have to put her stuffed mice up at night. When she plays with them she constantly meows at them. She can get pretty loud at times :D

For the longest time the only room she would go in is the dining/kitchen area but is now checking out the rest of the house. The ceiling fans seem to scare her. We have them running in 3 rooms. We have to wonder if at some time in her life a big bird tried to get her. The owls around here could get small animals.

The male cat now has a name. We call him George because his eyes sit so close together. They remind us of George Jones or Richard Gere. Richard just didn't fit so George it is. It really seems to fit him well. He is still pretty jumpy but is coming around. I am now able to pick him up and give him a quick hug without him freaking out.
 

Fisch

So is George coming into the house, or does Pip prevent him from making the next move. Is he an intact tomcat?
It is funny how they worm their way into house and heart :)
 

mattgirl

George does come in occasionally but just long enough for a little bit of petting. I've not given him free roam of the house for fear he may decide to mark his territory. He still has all his workings.

Hubby claims not to like cats but he is making an exception. He decided he likes these two. Pip is in his lap right now :D He normally doesn't feed our pets but he gives Pip and George their first meal of the day every morning.
 

PlantedCommunityTank132

So, do you guys "own" them now? cuz like, do you guys have a litter box and water for them at all times? Your husband probably couldn't resist the cuteness of George and pip. I think that pip and George will get along eventually.
 

Basil

Awww, I just saw this thread. I love that Pip and George have entered you life.
All my cats seemed to be drop offs at our house. We do live down a somewhat secluded country road. Sigh. And I’m probably a terrible person, but I never tried to find an owner.
Looking forward to hearing all about Pip and George. :)
 

mattgirl

So, do you guys "own" them now? cuz like, do you guys have a litter box and water for them at all times? Your husband probably couldn't resist the cuteness of George and pip. I think that pip and George will get along eventually.
I do believe we do. No litter box but water and food is always available for them. Thankfully Pip is used to doing her business outside so we will continue letting her do it. I don't know if George will ever be a house cat. He seems perfectly content to stay outside. He has the whole covered deck to hang out on. He spends most of his time sleeping on the door mat outside the sliding door.

I don't think he has ever given one a chance. This time it is different. Little Pip came to him first and he couldn't resist feeding her. I think he was missing having a fur baby even more than I was and that is saying a LOT. At first he kinda rejected having 2 cats but he has really warmed up to George too. In fact he is the one that named him.
Awww, I just saw this thread. I love that Pip and George have entered you life.
All my cats seemed to be drop offs at our house. We do live down a somewhat secluded country road. Sigh. And I’m probably a terrible person, but I never tried to find an owner.
Looking forward to hearing all about Pip and George. :)
Not a terrible person at all. I didn't try very hard. I just asked a couple of folks if they knew anything about these 2 cats. They didn't. I suspect if they had been happy where they were they would have stayed there. I know Little Pip hadn't been fed very well. She was very thin. Both her and George ate like they hadn't been fed in a very long time for the first month or so. I think I have finally filled them up since they now walk away from their bowls with food left in them.
 

Fisch

How are you doing with your two additions? They must be happy and glossy. Getting warm now and nice to be outside.
 

mattgirl

We are enjoying them immensely. We call Little Pip our resident diva. She is pretty laid back and never seems to get in a hurry. When she wants attention she lets it be known but it is always on her terms. The only time she comes when called is when I am dishing up her food. She is a very quiet little girl. The only time we hear anything from her is while she plays with her mouse or when she wants to go outside. We have to put her mice away at night. If we didn't we wouldn't get much sleep. :D If Dad is sitting she is going to be in his lap. Her favorite place to hang out is in his office chair when he isn't inside.

George on the other hand loves attention any time any where. He is very vocal. Amazing how loud he can get at times. Unlike Little Pip he is always ready for petting. Call his name and he comes running. We let him in in the evenings but he still spends the nights outside. It is so much fun watching him play with his toys. I think we have as much fun watching him as he does while playing with them.

He defers to her. All she has to do is look at him and he will back away from his food and let her have it. Although they each have their own bowl she seems to prefer his. When hubby gives them their first meal of the day he puts her food down inside and his outside. He doesn't let her out until George has had his fill. I do the same thing when it is time for their soft food meal.

For the first couple of months Pip didn't shed. I though we had got lucky and we were blessed with a species of cat that didn't shed. Wrong....She was just waiting for warm weather :D

We are both very happy these 2 wonderful creatures decided to come share their lives with us. :)
 

Dunk2

We are enjoying them immensely. We call Little Pip our resident diva. She is pretty laid back and never seems to get in a hurry. When she wants attention she lets it be known but it is always on her terms. The only time she comes when called is when I am dishing up her food. She is a very quiet little girl. The only time we hear anything from her is while she plays with her mouse or when she wants to go outside. We have to put her mice away at night. If we didn't we wouldn't get much sleep. :D If Dad is sitting she is going to be in his lap. Her favorite place to hang out is in his office chair when he isn't inside.

George on the other hand loves attention any time any where. He is very vocal. Amazing how loud he can get at times. Unlike Little Pip he is always ready for petting. Call his name and he comes running. We let him in in the evenings but he still spends the nights outside. It is so much fun watching him play with his toys. I think we have as much fun watching him as he does while playing with them.

He defers to her. All she has to do is look at him and he will back away from his food and let her have it. Although they each have their own bowl she seems to prefer his. When hubby gives them their first meal of the day he puts her food down inside and his outside. He doesn't let her out until George has had his fill. I do the same thing when it is time for their soft food meal.

For the first couple of months Pip didn't shed. I though we had got lucky and we were blessed with a species of cat that didn't shed. Wrong....She was just waiting for warm weather :D

We are both very happy these 2 wonderful creatures decided to come share their lives with us. :)
Little Pip and George are a couple lucky cats!

Good to see you posting mattgirl!
 

StarGirl

We are enjoying them immensely. We call Little Pip our resident diva. She is pretty laid back and never seems to get in a hurry. When she wants attention she lets it be known but it is always on her terms. The only time she comes when called is when I am dishing up her food. She is a very quiet little girl. The only time we hear anything from her is while she plays with her mouse or when she wants to go outside. We have to put her mice away at night. If we didn't we wouldn't get much sleep. :D If Dad is sitting she is going to be in his lap. Her favorite place to hang out is in his office chair when he isn't inside.

George on the other hand loves attention any time any where. He is very vocal. Amazing how loud he can get at times. Unlike Little Pip he is always ready for petting. Call his name and he comes running. We let him in in the evenings but he still spends the nights outside. It is so much fun watching him play with his toys. I think we have as much fun watching him as he does while playing with them.

He defers to her. All she has to do is look at him and he will back away from his food and let her have it. Although they each have their own bowl she seems to prefer his. When hubby gives them their first meal of the day he puts her food down inside and his outside. He doesn't let her out until George has had his fill. I do the same thing when it is time for their soft food meal.

For the first couple of months Pip didn't shed. I though we had got lucky and we were blessed with a species of cat that didn't shed. Wrong....She was just waiting for warm weather :D

We are both very happy these 2 wonderful creatures decided to come share their lives with us. :)
That is so awesome they are doing well, along with you! :)
 

Fisch

I know we are a demanding bunch, but we expect some pictures :rolleyes:
 

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