It’s been a great summer for adoptable cats in Salem. We’ve seen so many happy endings within the walls of the Willamette Humane Society during August alone, but there are still a few long-timer cats that need our attention and affection. This week, I’d like to tell you about three of the cats who were with us during our waived-fee adoption event for adult cats, but who weren’t chosen by the right families. And I’ll tell you about a newcomer who would really love to be part of your family. Let’s get started.
Sweet Female Cat Spud
Many of you who follow us on social media were enamored with a senior cat named Falkor. He came from rough circumstances, and we all wanted him to have a better life. I’m happy to report that he found that better life last week, when he was chosen by an amazing family. But I also need to tell you that we have one of his siblings in the shelter, and she needs you.
This is Spud, and she is 16 years old (we think). She has a very gentle and loving personality, but she can be very shy. She tends to hide in the back of her kennel, which makes it very hard for families to see her. And while she adores affection, she needs a little time to warm up, and she can be frightened by people she doesn’t know. That means she isn’t always welcoming to people who want to love her.
Spud is a favorite of shelter staff. They tell me she is incredibly loving, tolerant, and patient. They work with her every day, and I think it’s reasonable to assume that they interactions they have with her would be similar to those she might have in a home. Once she knows you, she is your friend for life.
Spud has developed a form of kidney disease, and she will need a special food and medical monitoring for the rest of her life. She should be an easy patient to care for, and I’m really hoping someone will come and take a chance on her. She can go into a home with other cats, but we’re not sure how well she would love a dog companion. Please come to visit her.
Pretty New Cat Peaches
Next up is newcomer Peaches. This 9-year-old cat came to the shelter just 10 days ago, but I’m hoping her stay won’t be a long one. She is the sort of cat that will do so much better in a home, compared to how she is feeling about being in the shelter.
Peaches was brought to us by a caring family who noticed that neighbors had moved away and left their kitties behind. This family really wanted to keep Peaches, but they didn’t have room for her. They thought we might be able to find the perfect spot for her.
Peaches can be a little shy, and she seems worried in the shelter. It can take time for her to feel comfortable enough to accept touches and pets, and she seems to prefer to be talked to before she is touched in any way. Once you have been introduced, Peaches is happy to accept all sorts of pets and cuddles, but she really doesn’t like to be picked up.
Peaches feels more confident when she is in the company of other cats. When my camera worried her, she ran to her roommate for reassurance and grooming. She is likely to need a feline friend in order to feel really comfortable in a new home. We’re not sure how she would feel about dogs. And since she can be shy, we’re recommending that she go into a home with kids no younger than 10.
Adorable Cat Echo
The kitty featured up top is Echo, and she is just two years old. That makes her the youngest cat profiled on the blog today. She is arguably the prettiest cat on today’s blog too. Her fur is amazingly soft and fluffy, and she does a good job of keeping herself clean and tidy. And look at her eyes!
Echo came to the shelter when her family was moving and she couldn’t come. She spent quite a bit of time with our medical team, as she had some sneezing issues that just wouldn’t resolve with standard therapy. Once she had a nasal flush and intensive antibiotics, she was ready to head home, and we were all so excited for her.
Unfortunately, that home wasn’t the right fit. Echo has a very high prey drive, and there were birds in the home. When Echo realized she couldn’t get those birds, she was frustrated enough to bite her people.
Due to her medical issues and her bite decision, Echo hasn’t been up for adoption for very long. But she has been in our system since May. During that time, we have discovered that she can play bite and give love bites, so she should not go into a home with small children. But she hasn’t shown an inclination toward violence in the shelter. She adores her kitty roommates (especially Peaches), and she is friendly and kind to staffers, volunteers, and visitors.
Echo needs a patient family that can play with her and give her an outlet for her needs. She can go home with cats, and that might help her to play, and she also likes dogs. She also needs cat-savvy people who respect her space and listen to her signals. If she is frustrated, she will need space. Most cats do. Families that respect kitty autonomy will have a lovely time with this amazing cat.
Loving Cat Prospero
Speaking of respecting kitty autonomy: I need to tell you more about Prospero. Some of you may remember seeing him on the cat blog a few weeks ago. Unfortunately, he made a poor decision while in his kennel, and he had to spend time in bite quarantine. A visitor put a finger through Prospero’s kennel doors, and this kitty bit the finger.
I have spent quite a bit of time with Prospero, and I simply adore him. He greets me enthusiastically with purrs, kneading, and head butts. He tries to get me to stay with him to pet him for longer periods of time. He seems so sad when I leave. But he also does seem to have opinions about where he is touched, and he will give warning signs (like tail thrashing) when he is unhappy. He needs a cat-savvy family that reads these signals and loves cats on the spicy side. I think adding a touch of spice to the sweet makes everything better, and I hope there’s a family out there that feels the same. Prospero is watching for that family with such longing.
Prospero came to us as a stray cat, and he developed FIV during his time on the streets. That means he cannot go outside, and he cannot go into a home with cats he will fight with. Prospero has a history of being a little bossy with other cats, so he will need slow introductions with feline roommates, and he probably needs a friend who will let him take over.
We all love Prospero, and we are hoping his perfect family will find him this week.
That’s it! If you’d like to know more about these cats, click their names in the subheadings. You will be taken to their adoptable pet page. You can click on the “sponsor” button on that page to contribute to their care. That is always appreciated.
I’ll be back next week!