Ditto was rescued as
a stray that was hanging around my apartment complex last year,
September 2017. She was estimated around 10 months & had already
had a litter of kittens. We got her spayed & vaccinated &
fell in love with her. Unfortunately, we already have a cat &
despite a year of working with both cats, doing slow introductions,
building up tolerance to seeing each other, and working with a
behaviorist, they’re not gonna get along – Ditto is
cat-aggressive & tries to attack our other cat as soon as they’re
in the same room. Since other kitty was there first & we need to
keep her safe, we need to find a home for Ditto.
- high energy &
loves to play
- good at downtime
when given regular playtime
- favorite toys
include packing paper, ball tracks, ping pong balls, feather wands
(particularly Easyology Kittystick), and her cat wheel
- sleeps well at
- not terribly
cuddly, but will sometimes make an exception at night
- LOVES to climb!
- loves to scratch
appropriate surfaces – sisal rope towers/cat tree legs &
cardboard scratch pads
- talks a lot &
makes lots of noises
- partially harness
trained, but very nervous about Outside (after all, lots of bad
things were out there)
- eats both wet &
dry food currently, would be very happy to eat all wet food
- has no known major
health issues; crooked tail & a missing dewclaw toe (left front
paw) were both determined to be congenital by a vet & not due to
Her bad habits
include shredding toilet paper and plastic bags that contain food,
and climbing into cupboards. We just keep the first couple things
away from her & have mostly resigned ourselves to the second, but
child locks would likely do the trick if you want to keep her out!
* indoors only,
outside only on harness or in catio
* NO declawing
* must have a vet
* no other cats or
dogs in the home
- other pets are
fine, but must NOT be within reach of Ditto – she is quite
prey-driven & will chase/attack
- only older kids –
Ditto has gotten much better about not biting or using claws, but is
not tested around kids & not likely to be terribly tolerant of
- must be able to
provide 1-2 play sessions a day
- willing to include
at least one meal of wet food a day
- ability to ensure
vet appointments (wellness & emergency)
- hard sided
carrier for transport
fee is $100 and she comes with her cat wheel & a 5ft cat tree (and likely a few other things). We
are located in Kansas City, but I’m willing to travel some distance
for the right home for her. She deserves the best home I can find for
Ditto walking on her wheel!!! :D This is the second time today, both without treats. She kinda wishes there would be treats though. XD I forgot to bring some in with me. She’s doing so good though!! This is after only 10 days of having the wheel and we missed a couple days of working with her on it. She’s a smart, brave girl 💙
Today she had it on for 2-3 minutes, walked around and ate some treats, and even chased a toy (a bit half-heartedly, but still)! And she stood still and let me undo both straps, for which she got lots of praise and a treat jackpot.
New puzzle toy! :) This is a small animal feeder that I got for the hedgehogs. Ditto got a half can of one of Ebony’s old wet foods in it to try for the first time tonight. She cleaned out all but one section within ~30 minutes or so. So this one is definitely a keeper! I need to try giving her her regular can of food in a mug, but I want to get her a place mat of some sort before I do that, to make clean up easier.
My roomie got her to climb all the way on, she walked a bit for a treat, and then she walked with NO treat!!!! All this in one session after only getting up to putting 3 feet on it at one time before!!
Other things I wanted to add to that post but it was already getting too long:
- Ditto likes to lay in the piles of my dirty clothes bc they smell like me
- She’ll hide in the closet or the corner of the room behind the hedgehog cages when it storms, but if we go in & talk to her, she comes out bc she trusts us
- She is also All Or Nothing with pets. Either she really wants them or she doesn’t. If she really wants them, she wants nice firm pets & will fall over because of leaning into your hand so hard. She’s flipped over my hand before
- She’s become so resigned to being picked up occasionally that my roomie will sometimes scoop Ditto up in a baby pose & she just gives a quiet “mrow….” and looks very put-upon until she’s released. And then she turns around immediately for pets
- She actively cuddles rarely, but when you wake up & she’s curled up in a ball against your side, it’s the best. And makes it VERY hard to get up for work
- Do Not Touch The Tail (even though it’s handle-shaped)
- She’s always very interested in what you’re doing if you’re active at all. She’ll come to check & make sure you don’t need her help (and sometimes will help anyway).
- She has like 50 noises, I swear. Big loud HUMAN I’M DYING PLEASE ENTERTAIN ME meows and whiny protest meows and small little pathetic I’m-a-very-sad-abused-kitten meows and little hello chirps. Also one little mrrrp chirp that she always does when she’s let out of my room as she zooms past me
- She only likes chunk/sliced wet cat food. Pate is disgusting & inedible (she’s not wrong, imo)
- She used to be so chompy about human body parts and she’s learned SO well. No more attacking feet in bed, no more regarding hands as prey. She’s gotten so good about it that most of the time she can be in full play mode, go for your hand, then realize “wait no” & stop herself mid-action. Good self control!!! ♥
- Please teach her to have her teeth brushed. I really think it’d be easy, we just haven’t gotten to it yet. But she likes to chomp things, especially stick-like things, and a toothbrush would make for good chomping.
- I wanted to make her a big catio of hardware cloth so she could climb all the walls if she wanted to, and I wanted to put lots of big real branches for climbing and just. Climbing shit everywhere. Kitty jungle gym for the climby girl.
Y'know, that post just reminds me that I’m still annoyed at the cats-only clinic vet who saw Ditto the first time bc she was going on about how the Iams we’re feeding is so high calorie and causes overweight cats, etc. While examining a tiny, high-energy cat who has access to a wheel, and has actually lost weight since her previous visit.
Like yes, I get that overweight is a more common issue and a huge problem for a lot of pets. But uh, maybe discuss in relation to the cat you’re /actually seeing/? Stop telling me how the food is too high in calories when she clearly needs the calories?
…..um. Well, the stray baby came back. Stray baby is VERY skinny and also very affectionate. Definitely still a kitten, I think, and I can feel the whole spine and every rib, hips, everything. I’m not sure on sex and didn’t know if anyone else can tell? Apologies for the cat junk pic, lmao.
Dosed the baby with a tube of Ebony’s Revolution. It’s for 5-10 (or 15?) Lbs, and Revolution is hard to overdose anyway, so… Figured it’d be fine.
No clue what to do now. I think I may try calling some rescues in the area to see if anyone has room, or maybe if anyone could cover costs if we foster? But would have to discuss with roomie. They’re trying really hard to be the strong one here, but we’re both very weak with cats. At the very least, I think I’ll see if boyfriend wants to go half & half to do the low cost spay/neuter/shots visit the local humane society does for ferals/strays.
New dry food puzzle feeder for Ditto! It’s been at my roomie’s mom’s house for a while, attempting to slow their cat’s eating down. Didn’t end up working for her, but I got it back to try on Ditto! She doesn’t gulp her food, I’ve just been putting her dry food in the feeders to keep her more occupied. :)
She loves soft things & will always knead on fleece & other fuzzy things, even in the middle of playtime. She’s claimed most of my blankets by now, and whatever of the hedgie liners aren’t actively in the cage.