Summer has arrived in Salem, and many people are thinking about kittens. While we’d love to see all of our adoptable kittens go home, we also hope that our adults cats will find their forever families too. This week, I have four adult cats to tell you about, including two very playful kitties and two long-term residents.
Let’s get started!
Flirty Cat Charlie
If you’ve walked into the shelter at any point over the last week, you’ve probably seen this guy. His name is Charlie, and he’s about 6 years old. He will do almost anything to make you notice him. That’s why our photo shoot took place through his kennel door. Every time I opened that up, he tried to leap into my arms!
Charlie was a stray cat, so we don’t know a lot about his history. We’re not sure if he’s lived with other animals, and we don’t know if he has experience with kids. We have tried him with other cats in the shelter, and those experiments didn’t go well. We’re recommending that this guy move into a home where he can be your only kitty friend.
But with this personality, he’s all the cat you’ll need. Charlie absolutely adores playtime, and he’d love to chase a wand toy and bat around a ball. He’s remarkably friendly with everyone he meets (he’s even won over a few dog walkers with his flirty ways), so he won’t take any time at all to warm up. And he’s a stunner of a cat with gorgeous marbling patterns on his side. You really should come see him.
It’s hard for flirty kitties to wait in the shelter. We’re all hoping his wait won’t be a long one.
Clever Kitty Cole
Next up is long-term resident cat Cole. He is 12 years old, sweet as pie, and has been waiting for his forever family since March. We’re hoping that wait comes to an end soon.
Cole always wears a semi-startled expression, and that can scare adopters away. As much as we try to coach him to look relaxed, he doesn’t always manage it. But talk quietly to him and give him a few head pets, and he will soften those pretty eyes of him and start to purr. Cole absolutely adores people.
Cole came to the shelter because he disliked the kitties he lived with. Here, he’s made a few feline friends. He enjoys spending time with cats that are gentle (just like him!), and he likes friends with a low energy level. If you have rambunctious youngsters at home, this won’t be the right environment for Cole. But if you have gentle senior cats, he might like their company.
Cole does have FIV, so we must ensure that he doesn’t get into cat fights. He should be a strictly indoor feline. He also has a thyroid condition, and he’ll need medication for that issue for the rest of his life. We can tell you more about that when you come to visit.
Cole is a favorite among staff and volunteers, and we’re hoping he finds his family. Can you help?
Whirlwind Cat Ace
Looking for a cat that’s packed full of fun? You absolutely must come to visit 5-year-old Ace. He is a hysterical, adorable little cat that is sure to keep his new family laughing.
Notice the outstretched paw in all of the photos I took? Ace thought my camera lens cap and neck strap made for wonderful toys. He batted at them during the entire photo shoot. And that tells you a lot about this guy. He loves to play and play and play! When he really gets going, his little pink tongue sticks out. It’s adorable.
Ace came to us as a stray cat, but his finder let him live inside for a bit. That family reports that Ace has exceptional litter box skills, and that he did well with both kids and cats. He’s been living in a suite with other cats, and he spends most of his time trying to get them to play with him. If you have younger, busy cats that need a playmate, he might be just right for you.
Some playful cats aren’t interested in human interaction. Ace is different. He is very affectionate with everyone he meets, and he allows for full-body pets of his pretty body. He might make a nice lap cat (if he’s had a chance to play all day).
We hope you’ll come see him!
Shy Kitty Dexter
I try not to share photos of kitties in kennels with bars. But I wanted to make sure you saw Dexter, and he felt like posing for shots this way. So here he is. Note the curled-under paw. He’s pretty comfortable.
I first met Dexter a few weeks ago, when he was new to the shelter. He was very shy, and he didn’t appreciate my camera at all. So I did what I could to stay away from him and keep him comfortable.
A lot has changed, due to the love he’s received from staff and volunteers.
Dexter is now up front in his kennel, and he asks for attention. Unfortunately, he also tends to run away when people take him up on his offer of love. He needs an understanding family that will help him learn to stay put and accept affection from people. Clearly, he wants to learn and is capable of it. He just needs a little more time.
Dexter is 4 years old, and he has a good history of life with both cats and small dogs. His family reports that he needs a little time to adjust to new things, but once he does, he is your friend for life. Dexter has also lived with very small children, and he did fine with them.
Many of you tell us you’re looking for cats that can handle other cats, dogs, and kids. This might be the one you’ve been searching for.
That’s it for this week! If you see a kitty on here you love, come down to visit. They go faster than you might think is possible! And if you don’t find someone you love, remember: This is just a sample of the cats we’re trying to find homes for. There’s bound to be love within our walls.
If names are underlined, the kitty is still up for adoption. Click that link to find out more about age, price, etc. And if you feel compelled, click the “sponsor” button to help support this kitty’s stay. Thank you!