Some cats find their forever families quickly. Other cats need a little more time to find their forever fit. We’re so thankful that we’re able to work with these special cats and nurture them until they find the families they need. (And we celebrate like crazy when our special friends go home, too!)
But we’ll admit that it is a little hard to see some of these familiar faces peering out at us week after week, especially with the holidays drawing near. Today, I’d like to tell you about four very special cats that have been waiting for quite awhile for the perfect home. We’re hoping you can open your heart this holiday season to a cat in need. If you can’t adopt, remember: Sharing is helping! Perhaps someone in your circle can accept a new cat into the home.
Let’s get started.
Spud: Waiting Since July 20
Spud has been featured on this blog before, and she has an absolutely adorable video on her online biography. With marketing materials like this, we thought Spud would be adopted quickly. But she is still waiting. She seems to be dreaming of the moment when a family would choose her for their very own.
Spud is about 16 years old, and she came to the shelter with a collection of other cats that had been living together in difficult circumstances. All of those siblings have been adopted, but Spud was the last to warm up to companionship. She was loving with those she knew well, but she needed time to trust everyone.
Our volunteers and staff have worked hard with Spud, and she has learned how to love again. She now takes no time at all to warm up to new people, and she enjoys rolling right over for belly rubs when people come to visit. She flirts nicely with people walking by, and we have yet to find someone she doesn’t enjoy spending time with.
Spud was adopted once, but she was returned soon after due to difficulties getting along with the resident cats. We’ve tried her with Rockstar and Princess Gingerpants in the shelter (more on them in a bit), but the introduction didn’t go well. It wasn’t Spud’s fault, but she seems to put off some sort of “pick-on-me” signal that makes it hard for her to live with others. She would do best as the only cat, or she might enjoy living in your home in a room of her own.
Spud’s adoption fee has been waived, and she can go home today. Can you come to get her?
Rockstar: Waiting Since September 8
Look at this sweet face! Rockstar is an absolutely amazing long-haired black cat, and he’s about 14 years old. He came to the shelter due to a death in the family, and try as he might to woo people into loving him, he hasn’t found his forever fit quite yet.
Rockstar came to the shelter in rough condition, and a haircut was the best way to remove his many matts. He’s likely to be extremely fluffy when his hair grows back, but for now, he’s sporting a very snazzy pink shirt.
Rockstar is a volunteer favorite. He often has volunteers in his room for cuddle sessions, and he really does have exceptional cuddle skills. He loves to sit on laps, he will accept being picked up for hugs, and he’ll allow pets all over his body. He really thrives on attention, and we can see him being a kind companion for someone who likes a clingy cat.
Rockstar is an older gentleman, and transitions can be hard on him, as they are on many older cats. He needs time to adjust to anything new, and that means he might need his own room and plenty of space when he goes home with a new family. Slow and steady will help you win the heart of his adorable man. He can live with cats, but again, he might not want to meet them immediately. He does not want to live with dogs for sure, even with slow introductions.
Rockstar’s adoption fee has been waived. Can you make his Christmas wish come true?
Sissy: Waiting Since August 27
This is a little unfair, as Sissy hasn’t technically been adoptable since August. Even so, this sweet cat has been in the shelter system since the summertime, and we know she would love to spend her holiday in a forever home.
Sissy was found as a stray cat, and we just know she had a home at some point. She is remarkably friendly and warm with everyone she meets, including strangers. And she has yet to decline the invitation to sit in someone’s lap. She gets along nicely with other cats, and while she hasn’t lived with dogs before, her natural confidence might make her a great pup sister.
Sissy has been resting in foster care, and she’s been working with our team on finding a diet that works for her. Sissy needs to lose a little weight, and she has some intestinal issues that cause pain. She is also a picky eater. We’ve just found a diet she will eat that seems right for her health, and her family will need to keep feeding that diet. She will also need to be encouraged to steer clear of the food her pet roomies eat.
Can she come to live with you?
Princess Gingerpants: Waiting for You Since September 10
Finally, this is our little ginger sweetie with the long name and the big heart. I first met this cat when she came to the shelter, and when I read through her notes, I realized that this is a cat with opinions. Her people mentioned that she had a habit of tapping people when she wanted something, and the taps would get a little firmer when her opinions weren’t followed.
I’ll be honest: I love sassy cats. There’s an added level of intelligence in a cat with opinions, and I enjoy spending time with cats that really are thinkers. I had high hopes for this girl. But so far, she hasn’t found her forever fit. And the shelter has been hard for her.
Cats that want control can struggle in the shelter. They can’t make decisions about who gets to touch them, they can’t always get away when they want to, and they have to be forceful right away if they want space. Princess Gingerpants is growing frustrated enough that she is swatting at her visitors, and she has attempted a few nips.
I know this cat can be loving and sweet. I have seen it myself. But I also know this is a cat that needs an understanding family that will let her run the show. And that family should step forward soon, so this girl can stop being angry and start to love again.
Princess has no adoption fee, and she is ready to go home now. Adopting her would make MY holiday wish come true. I love this cat.
That’s it for this week! Thank you for reading to the end, and thanks in advance for sharing these stories! The more people that know about these cats, the better!