Ragmuffin and Nina were returned to HCWS after their family had a new baby.
Ragmuffin and Nina are not biological sisters, but after living together most of their lives, they act like it. The pair was returned to Heaven Can Wait in 2012 after their owners welcomed a new baby to the family. Sadly, thousands of cats are surrendered each year because of myths surrounding newborns and felines or because the animal’s early response to a baby in a household isn’t positive.
The ASPCA offers lots of tips to help expectant parents prepare their cat for a new baby and protect against potential health hazards before an infant is born.
One of the main reasons female cat owners surrender their pets, is the fear of contracting Toxoplasmosis while they are pregnant. It can cause birth defects. Cats can get the disease from eating small outdoor animals that are contagious. The disease is typically passed along to a human while cleaning a litter box.
The ASPCA recommends several common sense measures to protect against Toxoplasmosis: pregnant women wear gloves while scooping litter, give the job to another family member and keep their cat indoors.
The ASPCA’s next suggestion is to prepare a cat for the upcoming change in the household. Cats need time and patience to accept any change. The group recommends that furniture for the nursery be set up several months in advance to allow a cat time to investigate and realize there is nothing scary about a crib or changing table. (Of course, you will want to clean the furniture before the baby uses it.)
Finally when the newborn comes home, the family cat should be introduced to the baby in a peaceful room. These introductions may have to been repeated several times. Then use common sense when the baby and cat are in the same room.
Nina relied on her big sister Ragmuffin for security and friendship.
When Ragmuffin and Nina came back to Heaven Can Wait they were 9 years-old and 7 years-old, respectively. Elaine, the Cat Coordinator worried about finding them a new home because of their age and because she wanted them to be adopted together.
Luck played a role when Christine and Colin walked into the HCWS Adoption Center. The couple had come to see another cat, but Ragmuffin had other plans.
“This big fluffy cat came up to my boyfriend and started following him around,” said Christine. “Then Nina started following him too.”
As an avid cat lover, Christine was looking to adopt an older cat and Ragmuffin and Nina fit the order perfectly.
“I’ve had cats my whole life and I knew I wanted an older cat because everyone else adopts the kittens,” said Christine. “I had recently lost my 16 year-old cat to cancer and my house felt so empty. I know we will have lots of years ahead of us with Muffin and Nina, even at 9 and 7 years-old.”
Christine shared that Ragmuffin felt at ease the minute she walked into the house. It took about a week for Nina to adjust, but now she loves to cuddle. Nina also loves to play with her new laser light game.
Recently Ragmuffin went back to Heaven Can Wait for a “Lion Cut” shave to get rid of some stubborn matted fur. Christine said poor Muffin found the experience to be embarrassing, but she is glad Heaven Can Wait could help out.
Best buddies Ragmuffin and Nina are very lucky cats. They get to spend the rest of their lives together and enjoy the companionship of guardians who will cherish them forever.
Ragmuffin hanging out in her new home.
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Best buddies will now get to spend the rest of their lives together.
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