Introducing Rocco & Rosie
We’ve introduced you to SlimDoggy cousins Rocco & Rosie through their photos in Black & White Sunday and Wordless Wednesday. Today, we have a formal introduction starting with their adoption story as written by my niece Jaime.
WELCOME TO THE FAMILY:
David and I got Rocco and Rosie from an ASPCA mobile adoption center on the Upper West Side of Manhattan in August of 2008. They were about six months old, so we estimate they were born in February 2008 – making them six and a half years old.
We had discussed loving black cats and we knew we wanted two so they could play. When we first met them, Rosie slept the whole time and Rocco came out, greeted us, let us hold him, and started purring immediately – we were sold.
Their transition into our home was seamless. They were so happy, playful, no illness, no anxiety… all very simple. They loved to play together but they also love to be around David and me. They love to sit on the couch with us, eat when we eat, and sleep when we sleep….. well, the sleeping part took a while. The first six months (and still occasionally) we thought they were nocturnal.
We feed them Nutro Max Cat food, both wet and dry. 1/8th of a cup each of dry in the AM, 1 can of wet split between them in the PM. I think many cats are overfed and overweight, so we try to have a good routine for their food. No free-feeding!
I’ve heard this is also common, but one of the cats often eats too fast and then throws up. So we sometimes have to feed him a tablespoon of food every few minutes – it’s a pain but better than cat throw up!
We do play with the cats a lot with anything that dangles, string, a shoelace, etc etc… but the cats are also naturally very active. I think it’s partially due to the fact that they are not overweight. I have friends and family with cats the same age but much heavier so the cats are lethargic. Also, since we have two, they play all the time. You can really see the natural hunters in them with the way they sneak around, hide, and pounce one another.
We recently moved to a new apartment, it’s much larger, more windows, etc… than any apartment we’ve had before. Rosie loves it, she is constantly exploring, looking out the windows, finding new spaces. Unfortunately, Rocco seems to be having a really hard time adjusting. He meows all the time, is always hiding somewhere. It’s the worst at night; I think he gets really spooked by all the shadows and any noises. He has started chasing his tail and biting at the fur on it. We need to take him to the vet but haven’t gotten there yet… I think he might need some sort of anti-anxiety!
Stay-tuned for Part 2: Health Scare.