Today is one of the first days that really feels like fall. If you woke up feeling a little chilled, we may have the solution for you. This week, we’d like to tell you about four cats that all have exceptional cuddle skills and would love to join your family. I have one special senior to tell you about, as well as two long-term kitties that have been overlooked.
Let’s get started!
Senior Cat Rockstar Needs You!
November is Adopt a Senior Pet month, and we have a very special guy who is hoping a family will make him their own. His name is Rockstar, and he is 14 years young. When he is feeling his best, he is likely to have a glorious mane of dark and fluffy hair. At the moment, he is sporting a lion cut (due to severe matting). But we think he looks stylish in the shirt he’s wearing in order to stay warm. Don’t you agree?
Rockstar came to the shelter when his human passed away, and there were no other family members that could take this guy. He came to the shelter with a few of his cat friends, and while all of them have been adopted, he has been left behind. We’re hoping that will change soon.
Rockstar is a wonderfully affectionate kitty that loves to weave around your legs, lean into your body, and bop you with his head. He will reach out beseechingly with his paws for attention, and he will try to follow you out of his suite. In short: This is a flirty little guy. He wasn’t always this way.
Like many senior cats, Rockstar is slow to adjust to new situations. When he is nervous, he spits and swats. He did a lot of that spitting and swatting when he first came to the shelter, and he was adopted at one point and returned in less than 24 hours for spitting and swatting. He will need an understanding family that will not try to touch him or interact with him until Rockstar is ready. It shouldn’t take long, but he will need to set the pace. He can go into a home with cats, but he does not like dogs.
Rockstar takes medications for hip pain, and he also has some kidney issues. Because he’ll need management for these issues, we’ve waived his adoption fee. Won’t you take this guy home?
Gorgeous Cat Ice Princess Is Waiting For You!
This is one of the prettiest cats I’ve seen in the shelter lately. We are calling her Ice Princess, and she is close to 2 years old. Look at these piercing blue eyes! And the cream-colored head!
This sweet cat came to us as a stray, so we don’t know a lot about her history. We do know that she can be a little timid with people she doesn’t know well, so we think a home with children 10 and older might be best for her. We are not sure how she might feel about other cats or dogs, but since she is so young, it is possible that she could adjust to any furry family members with time and patience.
Ice Princess has a few allergies, so she will need a special diet that can keep her itch-free. You may also notice that her fur is a little thinner than it should be because of her allergies. With the right diet and a little TLC, she should be even prettier in time.
This weekend, we’re participating in National Adoption Weekend at PetSmart, located at 2925 Lancaster Dr NE in Salem. Ice Princess will be just one of the cats available for adoption. If you’re interested in meeting her, please make a point of visiting us on Saturday or Sunday!
Tom Has Been Waiting Since August 16
I try not to have favorites among the shelter pets, but sometimes, I can’t help myself. Tom is my favorite cat in the shelter right now, and I can’t quite believe no one has snatched him up yet! He is a hidden gem, and I’ll be a little jealous of the family that gets to take him home.
Tom is about 6 years old, and he came to the shelter when his family was moving and he couldn’t come along. He has a good history of living with dogs (which is a little rare for cats, and should make him quite popular). He can tolerate cats, but he does not love being around them. He spent some time in our suites with other cats, and he always seemed a little tense when they were nearby. If you have cats that would ignore him, they might get along just fine. He might also like to be your only cat.
Tom is a remarkably affectionate little kitty. I spent quite a bit of time with him this week, and while he was always sleeping when I arrived, he would wake up quickly and knead his little paws with delight when I petted him. If he gets really happy, he drools. He wants nothing more than a loving person that would shower him with affection every day. He asks little in return.
Tom has no special health concerns to speak of, so he should be a low-maintenance companion. Due to his long stay, his adoption fee has been reduced to $25. Please consider adopting my favorite cat. And if you can’t adopt, please share his story. We’d love to see him go home.
Larkspur Has Been Waiting Since September 2
The last kitty I’d like to tell you about this week is Larkspur. She is an absolutely gorgeous longhaired torbie kitty that always looks a little smokey eyed and sultry in the photos I take of her. She really knows how to work it for the camera!
Larkspur is about 8 years old, and she came to the shelter as a stray cat. At her age, she should have been specializing in lap cat work. But instead, she had a litter of kittens with her. We don’t know how many litters this poor girl had during her lifetime, but we’re happy to report that her momma days are over. Now she can just be a loving and sweet pet.
Larkspur clearly didn’t have a lot of socialization work as a young cat, so she can be a little timid with people she doesn’t know well. But once she knows you, she is your friend for life. She is remarkably sweet with other cats too, and has been known to serve as comfort to some of our extremely shy cats. She would love to join your family of kitties.
Since Larkspur was overlooked in her suite, we’ve moved her into a kennel that’s within eyesight of the front door. She is one of the first cats you will see when you walk into the shelter. We’re hoping that added exposure will help her find the home she deserves. We hope you will visit with her!
You Can Help the Cats
If you’re wondering how to help these cats but adoption isn’t right for you, consider sponsorship. Click on the cat’s name in the bold subheadings, and click on the yellow “sponsor” button. That is a wonderful way to help the cat that catches your heart.
Also, consider doing part of your holiday shopping at our annual Holiday Bazaar at our Thrift Store in downtown Salem. It’s open tomorrow and Saturday, and purchases help to support the animals at the shelter. We’d love to see you there. Find out more about the event here.