Thank you so much for offering to foster my kittehs for a time while I look for a runway to land this crazy thang. I figured I should put together a somewhat-comprehensive reference guide to co-habitating with these guys with a minimum of issues on the part of any of the involved parties, so here goes!
* Petting -- Begin with top of head, cheeks, down the back and tail. Ears, chin, sides, later. Advanced: Nose & eyes, and chest -- His Favorites! Only pat him at the base of the tail, and not much, at that.
* Dry food -- I'll supply.
* Water -- He drinks a lot of water. Diabetic? Possibly.
* Hearing his name, especially if you're too busy to pet him.
* Play -- Needs none other than what L.E. will provide. A laser pointer is good for a laugh, usually.
* Litter Box -- Just keep clean (no more than 2 days between scooping), and I suspect he will be fine, there.
* Sleeping -- On dirty clothes, generally, or preferably under the covers with J.P. (I don't expect you to let either cat in your bedroom for any reason, so don't worry about that).
* Loud/sudden noises.
* Being picked up/held. He probably won't even try to sit in anyone's lap, etc. At most, he might rest his front paws on a thigh. If he HAS to be picked up, he probably CAN be, safely, but I can't predict. He dislikes it, but will tolerate ME doing it, and I do it often to get him used to the idea that I AM THE BOSS. :)
* Doesn't like his paws messed with. Yes, he lets ME do it, but again, I'M THE BOSS.
* May find a piece of upholstery to stake out as a scratching post.
* May throw the occasional hairball, although the Iams food keeps that to a minimum.
* WILL go on the floor if the litterbox hasn't been scooped in a couple-three days!
* Petting, but BE CAREFUL not to overdo it, or he will nip and paw/claw. Also NO PATTING, EVAR! He considers that to be Cat Assault, and will over-respond with the pointy bits! Oddly, he can deal with near-unlimited belly rubs, and doesn't get attack-y. He'll stretch out to let you know when he's up for that, btw. He doesn't seem to have any spots he doesn't like being touched, including feet and paws.
* Petting -- See #1.
* MOAR Petting -- See #1 & #2
* Playing with/annoying Curly. Allow at all times.
* Playing with string being dragged on the floor, paper bags.
* Loud/sudden noises.
* Sudden movement -- may induce a mad scramble to find a short-term hiding place.
* PATTING. Don't!
* Needy, and vocal about it. Let him rub his face on your hand for 30 seconds, and he'll get over it for 30-60 minutes, though.
* Drops kibble EVERYWHERE. He can't just stand at the bowl and eat like a normal fucking cat. Or keep all the food in his mouth as he walks around. "OMG, kill the kitteh! I stepped in crunchy bits 15 times getting to the bathroom!"
* Licking -- OMFG, THE LICKING!
* Likes to seek out the high ground, which means he will get on countertops and/or any horizontal surface he sees that might lead to higher ground.
* I expect him to go into hiding for a couple of days when he arrives. He may freak out, but he'll use the litterbox and eat his kibble from Day One -- he just may not be sociable at first. Once he is, OMG, you'll be ready to hand him back ASAP.
* You will find at least a dozen other thangs annoying about L.E., but they will pretty much fit into all the aforementioned categories. :)
Okay! I think this will help minimize the usual insanity caused by cats, in general. :)