We are ready for the big outdoors, Spring is here! Dusty, who is our new senior boy (14), has been enjoying deck time so he can familiarise himself with the sights and smells of what will be his ‘own’ garden. He is being introduced to the house and garden in controlled stages and, so far, none of us has hissed or grumbled at him! This Mum thinks, is a good sign.

We believe you need to take your family familiarisation on a ‘cat by cat’ basis. Some settle in quickly, others take many weeks or months to settle and feel they are welcomed by other cats. Whatever you do, you take you lead from the cat, you do not try to force an issue like introducing a new cat. Each cat, like a person, adpats at a different rate, and much depends on previous experiences.

Our Harvey is from a hoarder sitution and was thenabandoned. It took him nearly a year to go outside and be comfortable around the house because he had been locked out as dumped. So, always take account of any previous experiences you might be able to gather about a cat. As things are progressing slowly but well with newbie Dusty, we thought you might enjoy a mini video update to meet the boy! He will be introduced to the garden bit by bit in easy stages.

Dusty from Marjorie Dawson on Vimeo.

He looks a bit untidy because his fur is still growing back. It was trimmed before he arrived with us to remove lots of terrible tangles. While Dusty is still under ‘crate arrest’ for trips outside (after his two nights as a runaway), we hope to try a supervised crate-less trip outside in November!

Did you spot my guest appearance?

Miranda Kitten
From the big outdoors!

DashKitten.com Miranda Kitten Blogger

Load More In Cat SOS and Health


  1. Clooney

    November 1, 2015 at 5:39 pm

    What a gorgeous Mancat Dusty is, welcome to him!
    Clooney recently posted…Caturday ArtMy Profile


    • Dash Kitten

      November 1, 2015 at 8:59 pm

      Thank you Clooney. We want him to believe he is welcome and loved here.


  2. Savannah's Paw Tracks

    October 30, 2015 at 8:26 am

    Of course I saw your ‘guest’ show Miranda and the nose bumps you shared with Dusty. He is going to make himself right at home as soon as he learns he IS HOME. Then maybe he won’t skip away for some silly adventuring on his own.
    Savannah’s Paw Tracks recently posted…Young Adult Cats Require Table MannersMy Profile


  3. The Island Cats

    October 29, 2015 at 3:21 pm

    Dusty looks like he’s enjoying his outside time.
    The Island Cats recently posted…PetSafe® Cheese Cat Toy Review & GiveawayMy Profile


    • Dash Kitten

      October 29, 2015 at 3:57 pm

      He IS guys! We want him to be familiar with his new home’s smells (and for it to be warm enough that if he DOES run away he won’t get cold!)


  4. Summer

    October 29, 2015 at 2:50 pm

    Nice to meet you, Dusty! I’m looking forward to seeing more of you.
    Summer recently posted…Tips on Celebrating National Cat Day from petMD!My Profile


    • Dash Kitten

      October 29, 2015 at 3:57 pm

      How did you know about Dusty’s Diary Summer!!??


  5. Lone Star Cats

    October 29, 2015 at 2:45 pm

    Ya sure are a good lookin dude Dusty!
    Lone Star Cats recently posted…Wordless WednesdayMy Profile


  6. meowmeowmans

    October 29, 2015 at 1:43 pm

    Nice cameo, Miranda!

    So nice to see Dusty. we are glad to hear the introductions are going smoothly so far.

    Big hugs to you all!
    meowmeowmans recently posted…(Almost) Wordless Wednesday – SophieMy Profile


  7. Deziz World

    October 29, 2015 at 8:58 am

    Oh how purrecious. Him’s quite handsum and they boff looked so cute nose bumpin’.

    Luv ya’

    Dezi and Lexi
    Deziz World recently posted…30 Day No Scoop Litter? We’ll SeeMy Profile


  8. Brian Frum

    October 29, 2015 at 8:48 am

    Nice to see you Dusty. No more running off dude!
    Brian Frum recently posted…Womancat Wednesday with Sisters Dolly and GracieMy Profile


  9. da tabbies o trout towne

    October 29, 2015 at 7:37 am

    Miranda…we DID see yur videe oh bomb !!! 🙂

    welcome two ewe dusty; ~~~~~~ waves, veree nice two meet ewe…will ewe be joinin de crew ?

    happee gotcha day two ewe if ewe R & pleez ta knot ta due any mor roamin dood !!! we noe ewe R gonna loves yur new home …best best best fishes two ewe

    insert heartz XXXXX


    • Dash Kitten

      October 29, 2015 at 8:36 am

      Tanks guys! ‘preciate your warm welcome!



Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

CommentLuv badge

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Check Also

Sunshine on a Winter’s Day Camera Practice

Our Selfie with the Kitties Blue this week is a Two-fer. Miranda and Dot Kitten were enjoy…