Dave's Big Adventure......& Mine.

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Dave's Big Adventure......& Mine.

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Dave's Big Adventure.

Well, Dave turned out to be a very good traveller, thank goodness.
Came the fateful evening and, after weeks of trying to get into my nieces house and being turfed out again, he was very reluctant to come inside when we wanted him to. He was terrified, poor boy. He yowled at the door, and when I went to pick him up, he bolted through the cat flap and ran into next doors garden.
However, I enticed him back with the promise of food, grabbed him and while my niece held the carrier, I managed, to the accompaniment of yowls, grows and struggles, to stuff him, head first into the basket. (Which I had lined with newspaper, a blanket and sprayed with Feliway)
The Feliway worked, as, after a few mournful cries in the car, he was so quiet and still on the station platform and on the train. I kept talking to him and, once aboard the train, I chose a seat near the coach door and placed Dave in the window seat while I sat on the aisle seat.
His carrier was also covered with a towel to make him feel even more secure and to hide other passengers.
All the way through Stowmarket and Diss, he was quiet and such a good boy. But, about 5minutes from Norwich, he began to meow quietly as if to say, 'Enough of this already, I want to get out now'.
My friend was waiting for me at Norwich and, he was still quietly mewing, so I placed his carrier on my knee in the car and we got to my house about ten fifteen.
He came out of his basket and slowly made his way around the downstairs rooms having a good old sniff, then went to hide behind the sofa.
He was there for about half an hour when he came out, had some food and sat on my knee while I watched a film. He slept with me that night as well.

It must be said that, it was a very different cat which emerged from the basket in Norwich to the one I knew in Ipswich. He is just a big softy and sooo affectionate and cuddly. He is a bit nervous of strangers, because when my friend and her 2yo come to visit, he hides behind the sofa. And he doesn't like loud or rumbly noises......or the postman. But, my word he loves his grub. I guess that's because he's been a stray and food has been in short supply before I came along.

I am so glad I took him home with me. The house doesn't feel so empty any more. I have a friend to curl up with, look after, nurture and talk to. Lol. And Dave has all the comforts of a home, the run of the house and regular meals. No more sleeping in the cold and wet.

I hated leaving him this evening. But my friend is popping round and he has an automatic feeder. However, that doesn't compensate for human company. So I cannot wait to go back home.

Now, my next horror is letting him out for the first time. 'Gulp' I'm not looking forward to that very much.
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That's just such great news - I was hoping for an update! I'm so pleased he's settled in so well, you must be sooooooo relieved! Well done!! :D

I'd keep him in for a good few weeks before worrying about letting him out - you really need him to know that this is home, and that it's the place of safety to run back to.

Give him a fuss from me. xx
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Thanks Crewella....I will. He's been thoroughly spoilt as well and had salmon for his supper two nights running. :D xx
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Fantastic update :D

Happy home day Dave :D

Look forward to hearing how the handsome fella gets on :D
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That's one happy cat! :D I am soooooo pleased for you both!

Helen's right, keep him in until he's sure he's home.

Very best wishes

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Thanks everyone. One of the things I was looking forward to was telling you all how the train journey had gone and how Dave was getting on.

One thing I must do very soon is get him to a vet because he injured his eye and it's left him with a cataract, poor little chap. He seems to cope ok as it is, but he's got such pretty eyes I would like to see if owt can be done. (There's the Tyke in me coming out....owt= anything :) )
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Oh what a fabulous update, just lovely to read that you both survived your adventure.

Big fusses to Dave x
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That's great - what a good boy he was!!

I travelled with my three cats in the car from the UK to Portugal in 2012. They hate the car so I was dreading it. It took us about 2.5 days and they were as good as gold until about half an hour before we were due to arrive - at that point Bagheera found her singing voice and serenaded us at full voice the rest of the way (I suspect she needed a poo by then and didn't want to use the litter tray in her carrier :oops: ).

Perhaps your friend can leave a radio on for him for a few hours occasionally so the house isn't too quiet for him? Or you could put it on a timer? I'm sure he's just going to be happy to have a home of his home now - what all cats deserve :)
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What a good boy, he did you proud :)
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I'm glad the trip went well Grace and well done Dave for being such a good boy.

You know what, re the letting him out - I'd see how he settles with being confined indoors. Chances are after all this time being forced to live outside he'll be quite happy with staying indoors and if that is the case then I'd just leave him as an indoor cat until you're back home permanently and then you can start the next adventure together.

But for now, enjoy having someone to come home to - it does make such a difference.

Fusses to Dave, oh and good luck with the vet appointment, hopefully something can be done for his eye x
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What a lovely update! Dave is beautiful. It would be nice to see if something can be done about his cataract. It is so easy for humans now, it would be great if it's as easy for felines. Your boy clearly loves you already and understands what you have done for him. It will be so exciting to see him when you return home. Well done!

As others are saying, don't feel under pressure to let him out. He has a lot of settling to do and with you being to and from home at the moment, going outside is less important than taking control of his new home environment and dictating to his servants. As Meriad suggests, when you are able to be there permanently would be a better time to start that stage of things for him. xx
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I'm glad it all went so smoothly, please give Dave a big fuss from me and Denver.

Although Denver went out again fairly quickly, it was only because he had come just from next door and knew me well anyway. A friend did say if you adopt from a rescue or move a long way away, you should keep a cat in for a minimum of 3 weeks if possible so he knows where his home is, but I agree with Sarah - at least wait until you are there full time with him. Hope that helps.

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Glad for the both of you that things worked out. Love the expression on his face.
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Ooooh. Dave is very very cute!! And what a fab boy on the journey. Good luck at the vet. Please keep in contact.
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