Xanadu is doing well. He was moved to the library - with its greater space, comfy couch, bookcases to play around and window - and is enjoying himself there. I had to wait until I was sure he would use the litter-box. He used it for the first time in the bathroom while I was with him. Later, he used it further, including for solid waste. That proven, he was promoted to the library.
He is very active. It is difficult to take a picture of him that isn’t blurry; difficult to hold him - though he is very friendly, he needs to be on the go most of the time - and difficult to evaluate him for dirty ears, long claws, and other health issues. Fortunately, he seems in very good shape. With a friend’s help, I was able to cut Xanadu’s claws, though I trimmed one too shortly and he bled. I felt bad; he didn’t seem to feel it, though, and it didn’t slow him down.
He appears to calm when he is alone: coming into the library, I have caught him more than once relaxing on the heated towel on the couch, and a couple of times looking out the window. He enjoys the view he has now, and also likes exploring behind the bookcases.
My new guest also likes the toys that are strewn about the Cosy Apartment, unlike the other lazy beggars who populate the residence. I’ve brought a number of toys into the library for his entertainment, and he seems to have chosen a favourite, one of a pair of fat, grey mice. He will bat it around the legs of the bookcases, and periodically lose it too far under the same furniture. (The pictures here are of terrible quality, taken of a speedily-moving object in poor light.)
On Tuesday, I will end this long, slender stick-boy’s quarantine and introduce him to the perma-cats. I doubt that they will welcome the newcomer, but I fancy it will be a better relationship than the oldsters had with the Former Felons, whom they may not have recognised as their own species. That, of course, may not make a difference, but I’m hoping there will be some concession to similar dna. Trying to explain genetics to Tucker, however, is an up-hill battle…