“Between the farmhouse, the emergency shelter, the foster home, and finally our home, [the] first few weeks of his life were tumultuous,” McConnell said. “When we opened the cat carrier, he emerged after a few moments and went straight under the couch. He hid there for the rest of the day.”
Wanting to give him space and time to adjust, the couple put Pippin’s food and water bowls under the couch with him and put Gabi in their bedroom. They hoped that once everyone was asleep, he would emerge and explore a little bit, learning to feel safe in his new environment. McConnell decided to sleep on the couch that night, just in case Pippin needed anything — and before long, the little kitten came out from under the couch and claimed the entire house as his own.
“By around midnight, Pip had become comfortable enough to waltz around our house like he owned the place,” McConnell said. “He even played with me that night! We were thrilled he was adjusting so quickly.”