I am also not having to keep our cat away from the basement. Harvey and I both thought that 5 days was way too long to have Kris's cat Ray stay by himself so we invited him here for Christmas.
Now our cat is very spoiled and usually has the run of the house. She does not like other cats so we decided that Ray could live downstairs while he was with us. Kris did not have an animal carrier to bring him home so he wrapped him in a blanket to get Ray to the car from his apartment. I could hear Ray crying all the way from the car to the house once they got here. For such a large cat, he really gets scared easily. Ray does not like the outside, and new places scare him so as soon as he got in the house he hid under our bed. It took a bit of coaxing but Kris managed to get him out and down in the family room. Ray proceeded to hide between the couch and the love seat, only coming out to eat and use the litter box for the first two days.
Let me explain why this is so funny. Ray is a very large cat weighing in at 27 lbs, our cat is only 7 lbs and is a dainty little thing. Shania is fearless when it comes to protecting her territory, while Ray, well is a bit......timid.
Here is a picture of Kris holding Ray on his lap once we got him to come out of hiding. Harvey says Ray really needs to get on a kitty treadmill, but when I actually got a chance to pet him, I could not feel a whole lot of fat on him. No rolls what so ever, just what felt like a whole lot of muscle.
Shania knew something fishy was going on and spent a great deal of her time sniffing at the basement door. She finally got to meet Ray when they were leaving to go home. Kris managed to find a large animal case to put him in and when they came upstairs Shania was waiting. She behaved like a perfect lady and sniffed the cage and then turned around and sat at a comfortable distance. Ray.....well as soon as he saw her he started to cry. I don't know if his crying was because he was scared (Kris figured he was) or that he wanted out to play.
All I can say is I hope that Kris brings Ray the next time he comes for a visit.
Off to visit all of you. Have a wonderful evening. God bless.