Out of the Closet

In this post, I share a photographic depiction of Sophie’s recent progress. Today (Sunday) marks the fifth day of Sophie enjoying the comforts of an indoor home. No more looking for safe places to sleep, scampering away at every unexpected noise, scavenging for food and water, steering clear of cars and big burly toms, and cowering in dusty cubbyholes during thunderstorms. She now has her own room with always accessible food and water, treats, scratching post and pads, toys, litter box (which she’s using!), a comfy bed, a window with a view of a tree full of birds and squirrels, stuffed animals should she feel the need for a mama, and a closet to hide in when she’s feeling a little insecure. Sophie doesn’t like the flash, so I’m taking the photos I can get of her, without causing her too much stress.

Sophie enjoying the safety of the closet, but no longer hiding behind the green bin. Her little brown teddy bear is in front of her.


Sophie comes out of the closet and hides beneath the dresser with her pony.


Now she’s ventured from beneath the dresser to enjoy her salmon supper.



Here she is getting some cuddles. She’s not much into her interactive toy, yet.


What’s that under the door?


Sadie has become quite curious about the new addition. My what big claws you have.


If you look closely to the right of the paw, you can see Sadie’s eye peeping under the door. (You might have to click on the photo and get the enlarged version to spot it.)


When Sophie went to use her scratching pad (Sadie’s paw still poking under the door), Sadie hissed at her several times through the door. I shoved a few treats underneath, hoping to defuse the situation. It seems to have worked.

Now I’m working on mustering up the courage to begin the introductions. I’ve given Sophie two socks; one with Sadie’s scent, one with Sally’s. Next I need to rub a sock against Sophie’s scent glands (by her whiskers), and give them to Sadie and Sally. That is my goal for today. I’m not sure when I’m going to attempt a face-to-face. But I hope it won’t be long.

About Unconfirmed Bachelorette

Unconfirmed Bachelorette, a/k/a Ella, is a 50-something-year-old lawyer who wishes fervently she could retire from the practice of law and write full time. Never-married-childfree Ella resides in Austin, Texas with her three fluffy black rescue cats and two interlopers.
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22 Responses to Out of the Closet

  1. blueviking says:

    Super cute! When I had cats, I always loved their playfulness and curiosity (paws underneath doors and such).


  2. She’s curious so it should be good!


  3. Good luck to all cat, behind doors or not! πŸ˜‰


  4. free penny press says:

    Soon Miz Sophie will be running the roost.. πŸ™‚
    looks as if you are already really enjoying her being part of the family!


  5. I love this story. But so much fuss. When I got Lixo, I met him on the bar veranda, petted him and drank my beer. The next night he followed me home (11 metres) cautiously came inside and I picked him up and plonked him in front of the cat food. When he came back into the living room again, I plonked him on the sofa, and that’s were he’s stayed ever since. No ceremonies.



  6. Katie says:

    I love it when my kittens stick their paws under the door. So cute!


  7. mindofshoo says:

    I love the picture of the cat peeking underneath the door. I have enjoyed watching her journey to her new home. So very cool.


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  9. Pecora Nera says:

    That cat has some serious claws!!!


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