Nelson has adapted well to living with us. He'd love to have some nose to nose conversations with Smudge, but she doesn't want to oblige. Sometimes he can get within inches of her without her hissing, or occasionally swatting at him, but she has no interest in getting close and cuddly. He is entertaining, some of the things he does, what with being a younger cat, and the whole thing has worked out much better than I had thought. He does spend some time outside, usually early morning and in the evening, and quite often brings a selection of vegetation back in with him. It's that hair.
And speaking of hair, it's everywhere. Probably it's worse now because it's Spring and officially shedding season, but since he actually spends 80-90% of his time inside, I'm not sure that he actually needed to grow a winter coat.
My mother used to complain about the hair he left around. In fact she used to get very worked up about it. I used to think 'really, is it that big of a deal?'.
I eventually convinced her to switch to a higher quality food, having heard that it could help reduce shedding. She went from Friskies to Orijen.
Didn't make a difference.
Now I'm feeling her pain. Nelson doesn't just shed, he drops hair in clumps. So instead of of random hairs joining the light airy dusty bunnies that accumulate in those dead air zones, we have these smoky grey clumps, not hidden in the corners, but out in the open.
Doesn't matter if you've just groomed him, or groomed him several times that day (yesterday). You can vacuum, and you are guaranteed a few hours later to find clumps just sitting in the middle of the floor.
He has this very soft undercoat that mats easily and just seems to fall out in clumps. everywhere. all the time. endlessly.
Last Fall when he first arrived, I started saving his hair. Not sure why, I guess just to see how much I was actually getting. There was enough to clothe a few more cats.
You can't brush him, because all that does is glide over the outer hairs. You have to comb him to get to the root of the problem, and he is generally good about being groomed, thank goodness.
If there is a next cat, and we have any control over the matter (sometimes they just show up) it won't be white, and it won't be long haired with a soft undercoat.
I think it will be a dog.