We went with Molly to an awesome meet-and-greet for the new movie “Secret Life Of Pets 2”.
As you know we are very protective of the kids so we rarely take them anywhere, but Molly showed us that she wants more! This little super star girl loved the attention! She was surrounded by all new toys and lots of kids that wanted to play with her. She literally rolled around and played the whole time, walking around with her tail high among people to see if they had any snacks for her!
Here are some of the many pictures from the day.
A big thank you to the great team of United International Pictures Danmark and the beautiful movie theater Kinopalæet in Lyngby.
We had a vet appointment with an eye doctor for both Monty and Molly.
We wanted to know if Molly would need eye surgery due to inverted eyelashes.
Monty has had runny eyes for weeks now and a week on eyedrops didn’t make any difference. So we wanted to get a thorough check-up just to be sure it wasn’t something like cataracts or something!
They both did so well, even though the sweet vet did all kinds of tests on them and the results were not what we were expecting!
Molly does not need a surgery at least not now (maybe when she gets old and wrinkly)! Monty has mild conjunctivitis and it’s easily treated with eyedrops 3 times a day for a week!
A lot of people have been asking how we introduced Monty and Molly to each other, how they became friends so fast and if we used a special method.
The short answer is yes! We used a special method when we introduced them to each other because we wanted to make it right the first time. We wanted to do everything we could so we would increase the chances on them getting friends and not enemies because making two cats become friends after them having a bad first meeting, can definitely be a challenge!
After hours of searching all over the internet on “the best way to introduce two cats to each other”, reading articles from vets and watching youtube videos, we found that the best way for Monty and Molly would probably be the method Jackson Galaxy is using and teaching. Find the article and video with him here!
Watch the video of me trying my best to explain how we did it. I will say that this is my first “how to” video and after editing it, I realised that I talk A LOT and not always in correct English! 😉 So bear with me okay..
In short steps of what we did:
Made Molly her own room with everything she needed.
After a few weeks when she was flee free and also had gotten used to her new room, we made a “safe wall” between her room and the hallway where Monty had access to.
We placed Monty in another room while we sat up the fenced barrier between Monty and Molly and placed a blanket on the fence, so they couldn’t see each other at all.
Then we fet them their favorite food on each side of the blanket.
They could hear and smell each other but they couldn’t see each other. This step is really important to maintain at least 3 days or until the cats doesn’t care anymore about the sounds on the other side.
After 3 days of feeding them on each side of the blanket twice a day, we started to lift the blanket a tiny bit.
They could now see a little bit of each other, while having their favorite food.
We continued this method around 14 days where we lifted the blanket a little more every other day. (Important to note that if you do this and one of your cats starts to show sings of aggression, you need to take a step back. Put the blanket all the way down if you need to. You have to have patience.)
Then we scent swapped by placing Molly in the bathroom.
A good idea is to take a small space at a time so the cat don’t get overwhelmed and scared.
While Molly was in the bathroom we let the door to her room be open so Monty could go in if he wanted to by himself. (Do not force your cat.)
They both did so well that we continued the scent swapping and feeding on each side of the blanket a few more weeks until we finally let Molly out of her room to explore on her own while Monty was being pampered and brushed in the sofa. When he saw her walking on the floor he emidiatly knew who it was because we had been taking it so slow and he didn’t even seem to care, but instead stayed on Michael’s lap.
Molly had access to the entire house supervised a few hours every, until we felt safe enough to let them be together without us watching them.
Have you ever checked your cat’s teeth? You definitely should, since dental problems are the most common disease in cats. Cats are secretive by nature, and it can be difficult to tell if a cat is in pain.
Today we had a vet appointment for Molly because we suspected something might be wrong with some of her front teeth.
When we adopted her about four months ago, she had the most perfect set of front teeth, but recently we noticed her gums looked red, swollen, and irritated. We called the vet and made an appointment.
We are using Monty’s vet for Molly since we love the team and it’s a part of the shelter from where we adopted Monty, so whenever we visit the vet, we are supporting the shelter cats!
The vet, Katrine (Kat), examined Molly and said that they needed to get some x-rays to see what was going on with those front teeth.
We had to leave Molly as she was going under anaesthesia, and saying goodbye to her even though it was only for four hours was difficult!
When it comes to Monty and Molly, we are so soft and Michael even asked me in the car if we could just stay in the parking lot and wait for her so we could be close to her. But we pulled ourselves together and drove home to keep Monty company while we waited.
Four hours later we picked up our little girl. She was very tired and still drunk from the anaesthesia (and still is).
It felt so good to kiss her and she was clearly very happy to see us!
Kat told us that the x-rays showed that one of the front teeth needed to be taken out, and they were able to do that while she was under the anaesthesia. Everything went perfectly and Molly also got a teeth cleaning.
When we got home, Monty greeted her with headbonks and a lot of sniffing. She obviously smells weird to him but he isn’t hissing or anything.
Right now Molly is sleeping in her basket and Monty is laying next to her, like he is watching over her. He is the best big brother!
I dag havde vi Molly en tur til dyrlægen, for hendes fortænder i under -og overmund ser altså bare mærkelige ud!
Da vi adopterede lille Molly for ca 4 måneder siden, sad hendes tænder snor lige, som en Colgate reklame, men her kort tid efter, er hendes helt små fortænder på mærkeligt vis rykket sig! Det lyder mærkeligt og det ser underligt ud, så nu var det altså tid til dyrlægen.
Vi bruger altid katteklinikken på Kattens Værn i Brøndby (https://kattens-vaern.dk/katteklinik), hvor vi i 2013 også adopterede Monty fra. Kattens Værn er jo absolut ikke nogen rig forening og de har da også underskud på alle adoptionskattene og vildkattene de redder, så hver eneste gang du vælger at bruge Kattens Værns katteklinik, støtter du deres kæmpe arbejde for alle Danmarks katte og du kan være velvidende om, at du ikke støtter en privat dyrlæges fede bil, men til gengæld katte i nød. Det kan vi godt lide at tænke på, men uanset hvilken dyrlæge du vælger, er det bare vigtigt at du stoler på personen.
Nå men vi afleverede Molly i morges og efter at dyrlæge Katrine (Kat), havde kigget på hende, vurderede hun, at der skulle røngent billeder til, for at kunne se om der var nogen af tænderne, der skulle opereres ud. Så lille Molly skulle i narkose.
Det var jo absolut ikke sjovt, at køre fra vores lille pige og vi skulle da også lige tage os sammen, til rent faktisk at starte bilen ude på parkeringspladsen, hvor Michael forsøgte at overtale mig til at vi da sagtens kunne sidde og vente i de 4 timers tid. 😉
Da vi hentede lille Molly igen, havde hun fået opereret 2 tænder ud og det bekræftede os i, at det var den rigtige beslutning vi havde taget, ved at tage hende til dyrlægen.
Operationen var gået godt og hun havde også fået tandrens.
Monty blev rigtig glad for at se sin lillesøster igen, også selvom hun tydeligvis lugter af dyrlæge og er halvfuld, den lille stakkel.
Lige nu ligger de ved siden af hinanden. Molly i sin kurv og Monty ved siden af kurven, hvor det ligner han ligger og passer på hende.
It was so strange and a total coincidence that I (Mikala) was on Facebook one evening and saw that I had been tagged in a picture of this beautiful little kitty girl. She was looking for a new home because her family had realized that she had a very special personality and special needs that they didn’t feel they could fully meet. One of the things they couldn’t give her was a secure garden to play in. As an outdoor cat, this was important for Molly to have access to outside, but she often couldn’t find her way back home. One time, she was found about 20 kilometers away from her home and that was when her family decided that it was best to find her a new home. A home that could provide her with a big fenced garden and unlimited snuggles, as she is constantly asking for attention. Another thing about Molly is that with her special chromosome abnormality there might be some special needs that require a lot of vet care, and our experience with Monty who has the same chromosome abnormality and our amazing vet team made it feel like we would be the right home for her.
At 4:15 on a dark Friday morning, we drove across our country to pick up Molly and drive her to our vet before the weekend. We wanted her to get a full check-up and schedule an appointment for her to get spayed as soon as possible.
We didn’t know much about Molly other than she most likely had the same chromosome abnormality as Monty, and that we felt so much love towards her just by looking at her picture!
What awaited us was so magical! This tiny little fur girl with a beautiful long coat and a nervous look was handed over to us. When we held her in our arms we couldn’t believe it! She didn’t weigh a thing! She was just so tiny and had the smallest body behind all that fluff. We kissed her and placed her in the carrier, fastened her securely, and drove back home. She didn’t make a single sound for the whole car ride (3.5 hours), just laying in the carrier and “slow blinked” at us (slow blinking is a cats way of smiling). We were in love already!
We got to the vet and was really exhausted from the long trip and a little amount of sleep, but then the vet opened up Molly’s carrier and she slowly walked out, started to purr and roll around on the table, we forgot all about us being tired! It was like getting five cups of coffee right at once! She was just perfect! Her personality was so happy and the vet tried many times to listen to her heart but she couldn’t because Molly simply didn’t stop purring!
As happy as we were, we were sad when we got her blood sample results the next day. It turned out from Molly’s blood samples that she might had something wrong with her heart and liver. In the best case, it could be stress related but we had to give her a full check up at the vet, including an ultrasound of her heart and liver before the vet could conclude anything. This was before she could even put Molly under anesthetic to get spayed, chiped and ear tattooed. We were very concerned, and scared as we were already in love with her!
We tried our best to think of Molly as our foster girl until we were sure that she and Monty could get along, but from the moment we saw her picture online, we just had this feeling that this was our girl. Which made the day she had the ultrasound very scary for us! Molly, on the other hand, took everything like a champ and didn’t make a single sound as she laid on the table and looked us in the eyes while the specialist did the ultrasound. At the end of the scan, the vet looked up at us with the biggest smile! Not only was Molly’s heart beating normally and looked perfect, it was beating at a normal resting heart rate! That was surprising, considering she was lying on a vet table! He said that it was very good and that she already trusted us a lot since she was so calm around us. Her liver also looked perfect and his conclusion was that she had been stressed and without food for a period when she was accidentally lost outside, so that must have been why her numbers were off. Of course we plan to get a new blood sample in a month to make sure that her numbers are normal again. And of course, with her chromosome abnormality, we never know what will come in the future (if anything) but from what the specialist could see, our little girl’s heart and liver are in perfect health.
We then took Molly home with us again and a few days later she got spayed and everything went great. Then we began the introduction of her and Monty and you all know how well that went! We cannot believe how easy it has been. Molly and Monty are the perfect match and because Molly is so submissive to Monty, she convinced him very early on that there is nothing to be scared of and that she came in peace and love!
We want to mention that we can tell Molly had a very loving family before us since she loves people so much, but sometimes it’s just not the right match. We want to thank her family with all our hearts for giving us the opportunity to give this little amazing fur baby a forever home.