5.1.2022 Minttu sai veljensä Piparin kanssa kodin Lahdesta.
15.1.2022 Kuulumisia uudesta kodista:
“We are happy to say that Pipar and Minttu have adjusted very well to their new home. The initial shyness lasted only the first night and the following half-day, before they came out of their hiding place, purring and looking for some attention. It took a few more days for them to feel totally confident at home (unfortunately our neighbors are not the quietest, so they would get spooked by the noises, and they had to get to know for example the different noises in the kitchen, washing machines etc.).
Now, as you can see from the pictures, they have conquered the place! There have been no toilet issues at all, and the change after them sleeping in the bedroom for the first three nights, and then us taking the bedroom back :), didn’t cause any problems either. Minttu in particular is still a bit shy sometimes, so she has access to a closet she likes to hide in, as well as a “cave” made of big pillows on the couch.
They enjoy running around with a lot of energy a couple of times a day, and have gotten used to us having remote meetings as well (the cats even like to hang around my husband’s desk when he is in meetings, as he sits at a big window and unless the meeting is too noisy, they just stay nearby!). It took about a week for them to also start playing and wrestling with each other, and Minttu now likes to groom Pipar as well (though we are not sure how much he enjoys this :) ). During the last few days, they have also started to notice our big windows and the birds they can see outside, so watching them has been a popular morning activity.
The eating as well as been great (they get annospussit twice a day plus a portion of raw meat), and we have given them a toy to play with that you can fill with kibble or treats, and they figured that out very quickly too.
So overall, everything has gone really well, and much better even than we would have expected, and we are very glad that they adjusted so quickly! There are still things they have to get used to (for example, they get excited when one of us goes to the bathroom during the night, as they like to follow us there, and it always takes some time to get everyone settled in again :D), but the current progress is so good that we aren’t worried about this at all.
We thought we would write a bit more about their individual personalities as well, now that we are getting to know them better and better!
Minttu has surprised us in so many ways! Ever since she came out of hiding on the second day, she has become more and more confident, and we dare say she now runs the house :-) She is very smart, has a lot of energy and is usually the instigator when playing or wrestling activities begin. She also likes to sometimes steal toys or food from Pipar, but it doesn’t seem to be an aggressive behaviour. She is eating well, but as recommended by the previous foster family, the two are separated during meals because Pipar tends to eat fast and then want to grab the leftovers from Minttu before she has finished. She was often nervous while eating during the first few days, always looking around at the slightest noise, but now she is mostly quite calm and relaxed while having her meals. She enjoys playing with hairties (scrunchies), but also traditional toys (mice, balls…), and she likes to attack our toes while we are still sleeping :-) Both Pipar and Minttu have started to fetch, as they had done previously as well.
But the most amazing thing about Minttu are her what we call “cuddle attacks”! Having been so shy at first, this was great to see. Usually after waking up from a nap, but also sometimes during the night, she will come over purring and looking for pets, as well as even allowing long belly rub sessions. She has a lot of energy though, so she will often walk between us during those “attacks” not knowing where to settle down, but that will probably calm down over time as well. During the last couple of days, I have discovered that she likes to sit in my lap with her paws resting over my arm. Other than that, she doesn’t like to sit in our lap (yet), maybe this is something she was thus far not so familiar with.
Pipar is very social and always likes to be in the same room with us. He is more vocal than Minttu, and the brave big brother in some situations, though he is also very patient with her shenanigans. One very cute situation was when Minttu was hesitant to use the cat toilet at first, and when he went, she just jumped in with him and they went at the same time. After that, she started going by herself as well. Pipar has not been scared at all any more since the first day, and he is learning for example that it’s not scary when we are coming home from the outside wearing our winter jackets. He is very happy when he gets food. He tolerates pets, but seems to prefer coming up to us to nuzzle hands, legs or even the face. I think he sometimes requests cuddles, so at these times I have started to pick him up, and he purrs and stays for a few minutes. We’re not entirely sure yet what kinds of pets he would enjoy the most, but he does come up to lie in our laps for example when we are watching TV.
When it comes to playing, things can get as wild as with Minttu, but he enjoys keeping to himself more and focusing on one game without disruption, for example fetching the scrunchies. He is very good at that, and it’s actually thanks to him that we discovered his toy because he found an old scrunchie in my room and started carrying it around with him. When he’s not fetching, he usually goes into a corner and starts playing with it there (with wild jumps, somersaults and backflips), and another hobby he has discovered is pushing the scrunchie underneath the bathroom door with his paws and then trying to pry it out again, and so forth!
As they both are very attentive and interested in their environment, as well as motivated by treats, I am planning to start clicker training with them soon.
In closing, I think everyone is very happy around here, we are so glad and feel so lucky that we found these two and we hope they feel the same way about us ;-)”
Minttu on suloinen vähän yli puolivuotias tyttökissa. Se lähtee uuteen kotiin yhdessä veljensä Piparin kanssa. Kuten kuvista näkyy, Minttu kampaa tukkansa siistille keskijakaukselle joka aamu.
Minttu viihtyy ajoittain ihmisen sylissä ja tulee luokse etenkin rauhallisina hetkinä. Se ilmaisee hellyyden tarvetta heleän suloisella äänellään, kehräyksellään ja tarpomisellaan. Se kaipaa kuitenkin myös omaa tilaa ja piilopaikkoja, joihin se saa halutessaan mennä. Minttu rakastaa hiirileluja, ja leikkihetkinä se mielellään noutaa niitä ihmisen luokse. Myös veli Pipar on Mintulle tärkeä seuralainen.
Minttu menee kiltisti kuljetuskoppaan, eikä päivittäisissä hoitotoimenpiteissä ole ollut mitään ongelmia. Kynsien leikkaamista kannattaa harjoitella myös uudessa kodissa.
Minttu vaikuttaa hieman herkemmältä kissalta kuin veljensä. Erityisesti hiekkalaatikon puhtaudesta täytyy pitää hyvää huolta, sillä jos laatikko on likainen, Minttu alkaa etsiä pissapaikkaa muualta. Jos vessa-asiat ovat kuitenkin siisteyden puolesta kunnossa, Minttu tekee tarpeensa sinne, minne pitääkin. Sijaiskodissa pieniä pissaongelmia oli lähinnä silloin, kun Minttu joutui pitämään haavapukua leikkauksen jälkeen. Myös kovat äänet saattavat pelottaa Minttua.
Minttu on tottunut ainakin kouluikäisiin lapsiin ja sopiva koti tälle parivaljakolle olisi rauhallinen, turvallinen, leikkisä ja rakastava loppuelämän koti.
Summary in English
We no longer accept applications for Minttu
Minttu is a cute young female cat and she is looking for a home with her brother Pipar. As you can see in the pictures, Minttu combs her hair in lovely center parting every morning.
She likes to be in her human´s lap especially in quiet and peaceful moments. She does, however, also need her own private space sometimes. Minttu´s favourite toys are mice and she likes to play catch and fetch with them. Also her brother Pipar is important to Minttu.
Minttu is not scared of the cat carrier, but nail clipping practise should continue in her new home.
She is a bit more sensitive than her brother and especially the litter box should be kept clean for her. But if the litter box is kept clean, she will use it with no problem. Also loud noises might scare Minttu a bit.
She is used to children over the age of seven and her future home should be calm and safe, but playful and loving.