I’ve fallen in love again. This time, it’s with a 6-year-old cream-colored cat named Winnie. She is absolutely the sweetest, gentlest, kindest cat I’ve met in quite some time. And she’s been waiting for a home since November 11.
Wouldn’t it be great if she could stop waiting before the new year comes? Let’s try to make it happen.
Winnie came into the shelter in November, right before the big adoption special in which so many darling cats were adopted. I’d bet that Winnie would have been one of the first to go, but she had a stroke of bad luck. She caught a cold right before the special, and she had to spend a little time getting medical care. So while her roomies went to new homes, she stayed behind.
The staff tells me that wait could have been a blessing for this girl. When she arrived, she was very shy and prone to hide. But when she was sick, she had to be handled a lot. She needed monitoring and medications and more. So she got petted and picked up and manipulated over and over.
All of that work has allowed Winnie to feel just a touch more comfortable with shelter life. Now, she isn’t quite so shy. She is learning that the world isn’t a scary place.
More Work to Do
Winnie isn’t really a social butterfly, however, and I think she has a touch more socialization work to do. She continues to feel most comfortable when she’s enclosed in a safe spot. She responds to being petted in that spot, but she doesn’t like to come out.
She might continue to hide like this when she goes into a new home. That means her new people will need to be patient, patient, patient with her. She’ll come out for food, and she’ll love to be petted, but she probably won’t waltz into the middle of a crowd for quite some time.
Worth the Work
Taking on a cat like this can seem daunting, but there are a lot of rewards to be had. See, Winnie could be the perfect cat. She’s gentle and sweet, but she’s also really quiet. She won’t pester you with vocalizing or demands. And she won’t be pushy with her needs. Chances are, she’ll just wait for you to spend time with her.
See how wonderful she is?
Any family who takes a chance on her, and spends time with her to help her confidence to grow, will be rewarded with a very gentle, very kind, very laid-back cat that could be a blessing to live with for years.
Could that be you?
I’ve been trying to take some profile photos for the website, so these kitties look their best when people browse through adoptables. Krusty the cat decided to put me to the test.
This 10-year-old cat is a total love bug, but he can also be a little spooky around things he’s unfamiliar with. For example, he’s terrified of my camera.
After 15 minutes of working, I though this selfie was the best I was going to get. But I tried one more trick. I put down some catnip, and then let out a high sustained whistle. This is the look I got.
Priceless, right? I just wonder what the caption should read….
Next week, I’m planning to tell you all about Pewter. She’s a 13-year-old cat that came to WHS as a stray on December 8. She’s adorable, and is described as a “big love” by other volunteers. Can’t wait to tell you more!
That’s it for this week! As always, please be sure to share, share, share this post. Let’s get these guys adopted!