11.07.2011

Bagheera is home!!!

Wow, what a trip!  Other than a couple hours shopping at the outlet mall in Jeffersonville (yay for Pottery Barn) and a few stops for food etc, we were on the road for nineteen hours.  Robert did all the driving and was amazing but so were Chrystal and Jeanne, it it weren't for their fantastic generosity we would have had to add at least ten more hours to the trip.

Bagheera was a dream in the car.  As soon as we left wonderful Jeanne's house we opened up his carrier and let him come out if he wanted.  He was a little timid at first but quickly acclimated and spent most of the journey either reclining on the back seat or lying upside down on my lap doing happy paws in the air! 

Sadly this comfortable behavior evaporated when we got home and he spent most of Sunday under the bed hiding.  I have never had a cat hide before so this was highly distressing for me.  Thankfully Ben came to the rescue and sat outside his door that evening cooing which lured him out from under the bed.  Bagheera sat quite relaxed by the door and chatted back to Ben.
can you see Ben's paw under the door?
I'm hoping that Bagheera will soon realize that this is a safe, happy place and that there is no need for him to hide or be frightened!

33 comments:

Simba said...

How wonderful that Bagheera is home! That was a long trip you all had. How great that he was so relaxed in the car.

Maybe he hid because he was concerned with the smells of the other cats. It looks like Ben is really helping things out!!

We are SURE things will settle down quickly.

Pellie / Penny said...

A big friendly welcome to Bagheera.

Glad you all mad it home safely.

Purrs,
Genghis

Sparkle said...

I am sure that Bagheera will overcome his shyness and become a full-fleged family member. Some kitties just start off a little timid.

MTVA said...

Congratulations to Bagheera for arriving in such a warm and loving family! Looking forward to seeing how the rest of the family welcomes him and he settles in.

Tillie and Georgia said...

Welcome Bagheera!!!!!
We are pretty sure you will be more relaxed when you realize that this is your new home. So many noises and smells to get used to and other kitties!! It will be OK soon, so just relax :)

Purrs Tillie and Georgia,
Tiger,Treasure and JJ

Max the Quilt Cat said...

Don't worry overmuch about the hiding. I always did it when I was transitioning from one environment to another.

Have a great day.

pawhugs, Max

Cat with a Garden said...

We're glad to hear that the trip went so well. Bagheera does seem comfortable with Ben at the other side of the door! We hope he settles in quickly.
Purrs, Siena & Chilli

Marg said...

Simba is exactly right. It is all the cat smells that is making him a little nervous. Give him 4 or 5 days and he will be all right. I had that happen when I fostered Lil Em.
Wow, that is a lot of driving. Glad you made it all safe. What good people you are to do that for that handsome Bagheera. Can't wait to hear more news about him.

Milo and Alfie Marshall said...

Welcome Baheera! Whay a joy he is in his forever home now. I'm sure he will settle in quite quickly.

Thank you so much for adopting a black cat ~ mom had two black cats way back, and she loved them to bits. Black cats are special and wonderful.

Anonymous said...

I thank you too for giving him such a wonderful home. "Ben the Welcome Wagon" -- what a sweetheart!

Patti in KY

The Island Cats said...

Welcome home, Bagheera! We know you will feel more comfortable there in no time!!

Madi and Mom said...

Ahhhh bless Bagheera little heart.
He has probably never been in a home with so much loving so he is just a tad overwhelmed. Please tell him I said howdy,
Hugs
Madi

Fuzzy Tales said...

We're glad you're all home safe and sound. We imagine it will just take Bagheera a little bit to recover from the adventure and to realize he's in his forever home. :-)

Hannah and Lucy said...

Bagheera will come out when he feels ready and then we're sure he will join in the fun with gusto. Of course he has just had that epic car journey too.
We think he looks a real cutie.
Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

Random Felines said...

So glad all of you made it home safe!! We are sure with a little time and patience - love and treats - Bagheera will come around in no time. Especially since he has so many great examples in his big brothers. :)

Clooney said...

That is a long trip for sure, so glad it was safe and that Bagheera travelled so well. Yay for Ben, this time he is the good will kitty! Sending good thoughts and purrs your way for Bagheera to adjust and feel comfortable and all to accept him with ease. So glad he is home with you and has such a wonderful home with so much love!

Brian said...

Welcome sweet one! Hey, all will be okay, one that came and went here before me hid for two months, and then came out like all was purrfect. It just takes time for some of us.

LP said...

Welcome sweet baby boy!It sounds as though you will be part of the thundering herd in no time at all. Cat don't give his hiding a second thought.Mitalee hid under the bed for weeks when she first came to us and now she definitely is the queen of her kingdom! :)

the critters in The Cottage xo

meowmeowmans said...

Yay! We are so happy that your long journey went well, and that Bagheera is home. We are purring and praying that he'll soon realize he's in his loving forever home. It looks like dear Ben is already working on convincing him of that. :)

pbgmomof5 said...

Welcome home Bagheera! You are one lucky boy! You've got supersuper brofurs and a wonderful new Mommy and Daddy! Much love to you all!

The Cat From Hell said...

Bagheera! Soon yous will be enjoying all your new siblings and racing around like theys does!
Your new forever home is a pawsome place!
Kisses
Nellie

Katnip Lounge said...

Bagheera, you just take your time and adjust...you have had your whole world turned around and we know how much we kitties love change...NOT! You're in a wonderful home, so relax and make friends on YOUR schedule, you have a Mom and Dad to boss around now, hee hee.

The Lee County Clowder said...

Bagheera will feel better once he figures out that the kitties in the house are not gonna eat him.

Did Jimmy & Bagheera know each other at Chrystal's place? If so, that might help Bagheera settle in.

ppuurrrrrrrrrss to you all, and welcome to your furrrever home, Bagheera.

weaverpat said...

Happy Homecoming, Bagheera!!!
It shouldn't take him long to feel right at home. He's probably just a bit shy, which is good because you seem to have a very non-aggressive group of guys.
I know, being a Mom, you worry.
Try to stay calm and let the kitties set the pace.

Cory said...

Welcome home Bagheera!

You go ahead and take your sweet time getting adjusted. Did you know it took our Nigel 4 whole months plus a few days to come out of his safe room and join us? We think that it's amazing you only hid for one day. You are going to LOVE your new family.

Kwee Cats said...

We so excited Bagheera is home! And we dis wuz playing paw-grab under the door. Let the happy family home times roll! Yay :-)
=^~^=

Tamago said...

Yay!! Welcome to your wonderful forever home, Bagheera! It's great he had a good drive home and happy paws :-)
Maybe he was a little overwhelmed when he arrived, but how nice of Ben to care for Bagheera like this. I can see his cue paw under the door :-)

My Niko hid under a dresser for a long time but he eventually came out. I'm sure Bagheera will feel safe and comfortable soon.

ABBY said...

OOOOO we are so happy that everyone is safely home, especially Bagheera. We look forward to hearing more about his days ahead.
purrs
>^,,^<
♥Abby♥Boo♥Ping♥Jinx♥Grace♥

Cat Chat With Caren And Cody said...

yay about Bagheera being home!

You should have put perfume on him, you and your other kitties...we did that when we brought Dakota home (the same perfume) and they got along instantly!

It is quite normal for cats to hide in a new environment. Bobo did that when we moved numerous times.

Cody didn't do that when we brought him here but he was much younger.

All will work out fine!

Andrea and the Celestial Kitties said...

Wow that was a long trip, but so worth it, right! I remember when we got Leo from Chrystal we were on the road just 16 hours, not including spending the night in a hotel, but I'd do it all over again!
How sweet that Ben is chatting through the door! What a welcome! I'm sure Bagheera will settle in soon and you wont remember being without him. Congratulations!
Let's hope this spurs more adoptions from Chrystal! Lots of kitties need homes!

Natalie said...

Welcome home, Bagheera!

Sorry to hear that his adjustment period got off to a rough start, but it sounds like Ben is doing a great job welcoming him to the family!

The Monkeys said...

Oh, we are so happy that Bagheera is home with you! Wonderful news!

We know that it may take a while for him to become acclimated to his new home, but as soon as he figures out how awesome you all are, he'll be one of the crew!

Cats of Wildcat Woods said...

We are so happy you adopted from Chrystal!!! It takes time for a new cat to adjust but we know he will be just fine. Welcome Bagheera!!!!