Kitten season is still going strong in Salem, and the shelter is very full of both young and older cats that need perfect homes. If you’ve been thinking of adopting a cat, now would be a great time to come in for a visit!
This week, I have five cats to tell you about, including one pair of boys that hope to go home together. Let’s get started.
Mom Cat Pasta
First up is one-year-old, blue-eyed beauty Pasta. She came to the shelter with her six kittens! She raised them beautifully, and now she’s looking for a home to call her own.
Pasta was a stray cat before she was a mom, and she had a dedicated feeding station she visited every day. She was probably born into this colony, and it’s wonderful that she doesn’t have to spend the rest of her life living like a wild thing.
Pasta is still very young, and she has so much life to give the right family. She finds the shelter a little overwhelming, so she tends to hide in the back of her kennel. But open up the door, and she will happily accept your pets and pats.
She will thrive in a quiet home, and she will likely need an understanding family to help her make the transition into pet life. She loves all food, and she uses her litter box like a queen. But she may need an introduction to things like televisions and electric toothbrushes and radios. She probably doesn’t know what they are!
We’re not sure if Pasta has lived with cats before. Many colony cats appreciate the company of others, but it’s best to do slow introductions, just in case. We don’t know how she feels about dogs or children.
Shy Cat Isabelle
Next up is this dilute tortie cat named Isabelle. She is about a year old, and she has the sweetest little face.
Isabelle was also living as a stray cat, and she had a feeding station she visited. The family that watched over this colony wanted a better life for these cats, so they brought them to us to find new families.
Despite living as a colony cat, Isabelle is wonderfully friendly. She loves to be talked to and petted, and she purrs almost as soon as she sees a friendly face. She has lovely manners with other cats, and she relies on them for comfort when she gets worried. If you have other cats, she might like to meet them.
Isabelle has experience with dogs (they came to the feeding station often), and she didn’t mind them. She is also accustomed to children, and she likes their company.
Bonded Kittens Hallef and Goldie
The two sweeties at the top of this post are Hallef and Goldie. They are both about 5 months old, and they absolutely adore one another. Hallef also likes me, and he poses nicely for photos.
These two were dropped off at a farm in Salem, and the family just couldn’t keep them. We’re thankful they brought the cats to us for safekeeping and caretaking.
These boys were very frightened when they arrived, and they did a lot of hiding and hissing. But with a bit of patience and kindness, they warmed up and blossomed. Hallef here, for example, absolutely adores to be petted. He will purr and roll and lick your fingers if you pet him. It’s wonderful to see.
Goldie remains a little worried and shy, and he will need a patient family to help him learn that people are amazing. He watches his brother carefully, and he is beginning to crave his own version of attention. Take these two home together, and you’re likely to turn Goldie around quickly.
Bonus: These two really do love one another. They spend all day cuddling and purring. They can entertain themselves when you’re working or just busy. We’d love to see them go home together.
Pretty Cat Cassanova
The last cat I’ll mention this week is a senior at 10 years old. She has absolutely amazing whiskers!
Cassanova came to the shelter when a move sheared her from her family. They described her as an absolute lover. They report that her favorite place to be is in your lap, and she will spend most of her time there purring and kneading.
They also report that she can be a little shy with strangers, and we see that at the shelter. She meets strangers every day, and that’s not her favorite thing to do. But give her a minute or two of kindness, and she warms right up.
She has lived with cats before, and she liked their company very much. She also enjoyed life with small dogs. She did have a brief experience with a large dog, and she found that overwhelming. She might like to avoid a repeat of that experience.
It’s hard for seniors (particularly cats with dark fur) to capture the attention of loving families, and Cassanova is often overlooked. We hope that will change this week, as she is really a wonderful cat.
That’s it for this week! If you see a cat you’re in love with, be sure to come down and say hello very soon. Cats get adopted quicker than you thought possible. And if adoption isn’t right for you, consider joining our Golden Hearts Club program! Your monthly donation will make happy endings possible. Find out more about it here.