We finally got to pick up Jasper today from my daughter's after our vacation. We arrived home from Lanzarote in the early hours of Friday morning after a delay due to the awful weather in England and it was around 6.30am before we got to bed yesterday and as my daughter was out for the day we left it until today to pick him up and to see my grand kids at the same time. We also got an update on all that had been happening and an opportunity to actually see how he was interacting with the family. We'd dropped him off late on Wednesday evening the 21st of February as we were flying the following morning so it had been about 10 days since we last saw him. To say that we missed his is an understatement to say the least. I was terribly worried that he wouldn't settle and unhappy and be fighting with his birth mother as she hadn't been too happy on the previous visits and attempts to introduce them but my daughter did all the right things and kept them apart for a couple of days before letting them mix fully together. On the final visit just before we dropped him off, he'd been in the same room as his mum and she hadn't reacted badly to his presence so that sort of helped me relax about it all. As well as Jasper's mum, my daughter also has another kitten of a similar age to Jasper and same breed which she bought around three months ago so his mum had only just got used to having a strange cat around and now she had to accept yet another so I was worried for her too but I needn't have been as it all worked out fine in the end. The first night my daughter put Jasper in the huge open plan lounge but he didn't like the door being closed and mewed quite a bit during the night so she ended sleeping on the sofa with him to settle him. There was a bit of hissing from his mum for the first couple of days but no aggression while they were kept partly apart but on the Saturday my daughter decided to let them mix while they were carefully chaperoned and the hissing stopped once they were free to mix...within a couple of days they were then feeding together and even chasing each other in play within another couple of days. When we went to pick him up today, poor Jasper was very bemused...both his mum and the kitten had come into season at the same time and they just wouldn't leave him alone, trying to mate with him. The poor guy just couldn't figure it all out as they were following him everywhere crying and crouching/rolling over and pulling at him...it's just as well he'd been neutered. I think the first couple of days took a little toll on him and he wasn't eating as much as usual which is understandable as he has never been left by us for longer than six hours since we got him and he may have lost a little weight but after a few days he'd settled and back to eating more or less as usual. In fact he'd even been eating minced wild boar and minced heart which was all new to him. My daughter's house is continuously extremely warm which might have accelerated Jasper's moulting...I had to give him a jolly good brushing when we got him home. I noticed a slight coughing from him on one occasion which my other half thought was due to a fur ball so I'll keep my eye on it but I think she could well be correct as he's fastidious about cleaning himself and he really is casting his fur at the moment. For the first hour or two of getting him home today he was a little jumpy and maybe even missing his new chums but he settled back in and started eating and even did a bit of playing before falling to sleep on our bed. My daughter's cats, especially the kitten fell in love with his Diogenese cat barrel so I've left it for them as a thank you to my daughter for having Jasper and I'm ordering a new one for him tonight...this time I'll get him the extra-large rather than the large model as he's just a bit too big for it now. I don't know how much it would have cost to leave him in a cattery but I suspect it would be far more than the cost of a cat barrel and besides he wouldn't have got the love and attention he got from my daughter and her family. Anyway, all the worry about him being distressed at leaving him was thankfully unfounded...he seems to have fitted in rather well and I've decided to take him on a visit to see his new friends every couple of weeks so that he can keep in touch with them as I may have to have my daughter's cats when she goes on holiday in May. I think the other two cats due to coming into season hadn't given him much peace for the last couple of days so he seemed ready for a jolly good sleep. I'll not disturb him but have left the TV on for him as he likes that and my OH has gone out shopping and will bring him a few meaty treats so that he'll have them when he wakes up. Ready for a good sleep!