It was an amazing week for cat adoptions last week in Salem. All of the cats I told you about in the last cat blog went home, and a few special long-timers (including Rockstar) also found their forever matches. Every one of you that shared these stories helped to make those successes possible. We can’t thank you enough.
This week, I have four cats to tell you about. Three of these cats are relatively new to the shelter, so these are new faces you might find pretty exciting. But there’s one cat here that all of us have seen plenty of times before. He will need the power of this community to find his forever fit.
Let’s get started.
Beautiful Cat Esmerelda
I know there are plenty of people in our cat community that love cats with a Maine Coon touch to them. Esmerelda fits this bill quite nicely. This female cat is just 7 years old, and she really is a magnificent cat. Look at the gorgeous mane around her face!
Esmerelda is quite small at 9 pounds, so we know she’s not a pure-bred Maine Coon. But she does have the right markings and the right amount of hair to fit the breed. If you like this look but want a smaller cat, she might be just right for you.
It’s surprising that Esmerelda looks so good, as she has been living as a community cat for quite some time. A nice lady was feeding her and caring for her, and finally, she was able to pop her in a carrier to bring her to us. Esmerelda has been nothing but kind since she arrived, so it’s clear that she has some history of human interaction. She warms right up to people, and she’s not at all shy about asking for attention. She especially loves to be brushed, which is a big plus, as she’ll need regular grooming in order to stay beautiful.
Since she was a stray, we’re not sure if Esmerelda has a history of life with other cats, but her finder reports that this kitty instigated no fights with community cats. Instead, she ran. This seems to indicate she might accept other cats with the right introduction. We’re not sure how she would feel about dogs. We hope you’ll come see her.
Big, Beautiful Kitty Momoa
The beefy guy at the top of this post is Momoa, and he’s about 3 years old. He has the most amazing cheeks! He’s also really broad through the shoulders. This is a very sturdy, really stunning cat that is bound to look even better when he has consistent access to good food and plenty of brushing.
Momoa bears a few scars from his street cat life. His ears are a little ragged, for example. But he is thriving in the comfort of the shelter. During his time with us, he has been living the kittenhood he was probably deprived of. He loves to chase after balls, leap after wand toys, and if you’re too busy to play with him, he’ll climb into a box and chase his own tail. It’s really something to see, considering that this is a pretty big cat. He just can’t get enough of playtime.
Momoa has been living with other cats in a suite, and he is doing just fine with them. He walks away if anyone hisses, and he never instigates spats on his own. He really wants attention from people, but he also really wants people to play with him, so he can be a little conflicted. Should he bat at your hands or let you pet him? He’s not sure.
This big guy just needs a home in which he is willing to play when he wants and rest when he wants. He’s likely to make for a very active, fun little companion for almost any household. While we’re not sure he has lived with dogs, he would probably stand up to a dog just fine. Same goes for kids.
We hope you’ll come take him home soon!
Familiar Cat Prospero
Those of you that follow us closely know about Prospero. This 4-year-old kitty came into the shelter in July, and we were all thrilled when he was adopted during the holiday season. We’re sad to report that he wasn’t a good fit for his adoptive family. But the good news is that we learned a lot more about him through his family, and we are hoping to use that information to help him find his happy ever after.
Here’s what we learned. Prospero was incredibly loving with his adoptive family. He loved to cuddle with them in the evenings for television time, and he showed none of the slappy behavior he sometimes shows in the shelter. Also, he adored the family dog and played with that pup for hours. Unfortunately, he also tried to play with the family cat, and that’s the reason he had to come back. The resident cat didn’t appreciate Prospero’s play style.
Given this information, we can be pretty sure that the slaps Prospero sometimes gives in the shelter are due to kennel stress. He isn’t happy about being confined, and he is so playful and energetic that he needs to find some way to release tension. If families are put off by that behavior in the shelter, they should know it can go away in the home.
Also, Prospero’s play style is just not right for all animals. Some pets really appreciate how much he plays and tumbles and runs. Others find that intimidating. Matchmaking for a cat like this isn’t always easy, but when it works, it’s like magic. Prospero would love to have an outlet for all of his playful energy. But he might be happy as the only pet, as long as he has a family dedicated to playing with him, walking with him, and otherwise helping him to manage his energy.
This cat is like a dog. Just as you wouldn’t leave a dog cooped up at home for days without walks and ball time and play, a new family shouldn’t expect to do that with Prospero. He will need regular exercise and outlets for his creativity. And he is so worth the work. I can see him becoming someone’s absolute best friend, given all the time you’ll spend together.
If you’re looking for the spirit of a dog in the quiet and compact body of a cat, I encourage you to meet Prospero. He needs you.
Small and Shy Cat Spooky
Black cats are easy to overlook in the shelter, especially when they’re shy. So this little guy faces a few adoption obstacles. That’s a shame, as he’s a young cat at just 1 year old, and he has so much to give to the right family.
Spooky came to the shelter with a few other kitties, due to an overcrowding situation. He is very comfortable around other cats, and he rushes to find other cats when he feels nervous. He does appreciate human attention, and he’ll warm up quickly to people that approach him slowly and let him make the first move. But he will likely do best in a home with plenty of feline friends.
Spooky has been described as a lap cat that enjoys gentle pets from the people he loves. But he has also been described as very playful (which is pretty common for little cats). He’ll appreciate plenty of ball toys and scratching posts to keep him busy when you’re at work.
Can you give a shy cat a second chance?
That’s it for this week! Thank you for reading about these cats, and thanks in advance for sharing their stories. The more people that know about them, the better.