(And yes, the first two pets I adopted on my own are named Lilo & Stitch, and of course it was on purpose. Didntcha know I worked for Disney?)
Anyway, originally Ex and I were only going to adopt one cat, because my dad was supposed to bring a cat I already owned--Abby--down from Connecticut to live with us in Virginia.
Long story short, Abby was also "poor Abby". She was deathly afraid of most men. She refused to go outside. And she was kind of sickly (which resulted in her being put to sleep at about 6 or 7 years old, sadly). So despite my father's best efforts, Abby never made it to Virginia. Which meant that Stitch (who we had only had for a day and was as yet unnamed) needed a companion. And that's how we ended up with this [not-so-] little gal:
|The elusive Lilo Loaf.|
Unfortunately, Lilo was far too young to be adopted, let alone fixed! They swore she was 8 weeks old but when she got sick a few days later and we took her to the vet, the vet said she wasn't more than 6 weeks and that no way should she have been spayed already. Poor Pretty Lilo :o( Of course we took great care of her, though. She got shots and fluids and medicine and within a week, she was all better!
Except that she didn't know how to use the litter box. Oh yeah, that was the other thing they told us--that she was litter box trained. She wasn't. That took another couple of weeks, because we tried everything we possibly could until finally it came down to one choice (according to our vet)--to shut her in a small bathroom or closet with food, water, and a litter box. The vet said she'd make a mess for a few days, end up disgusted with herself, and start using the box. We hated doing it, but what can I say? It worked.
Nowadays Lilo is a little too healthy. As you can tell by the picture above, she's overweight. And she's the only one of our four cats who is, so we aren't really sure what to do about it. Lilo is very shy. She is, in fact, a "scaredy-cat". She will not go outside. We try to engage her in play but she gets bored easily. And yes, we already cut back on their food...but it's next to impossible to make sure that she's not eating more than she should, with four cats.
Other than her weight, Lilo's other issue is that she terrorizes our cat Ducky. Funny, because I'm pretty sure Ducky could beat her up good, but at least Stitch is around to mediate when things get really bad ;o)
Still, Pretty Lilo is pretty. And when she comes out of hiding she's very, very sweet--she's never bitten or scratched a person. So maybe we'll just let her be fat and happy.