I’d like to start off this cat blog with a sentence or two about the cats we took in at the end of December. I know many of you have questions about these kitties. We’re caring for them, and we hope to release a longer, formal statement about them soon. These cats are still part of an active investigation, so we’re a little limited in what we can say and when we can say it. But as soon as we’ve been cleared to give you an update, we’ll be sure to do so. Thank you for caring about the cats in our community. If you feel compelled to help them even more, our donation page is here. Thank you.
Another way you can help: Adopt a cat today. We need to make space for these other cats that need care, and that means we’re hoping to send other cats home with loving families. All of the cats I’m about to tell you about would love to go home with you now. Let’s get started.
Tabby Boy Marshall
This handsome guy is about 5 years old, and he came to the shelter right before Christmas. He was a little frightened when he arrived (most cats are), but he’s made the adjustment to shelter life, and he’s ready to meet his new forever family. This bold little kitty will be the first to greet you in his suite with purrs, head bumps, and cheeps of happiness. He loves visitors.
Marshall has a good history of living with other cats, and he’s living with several in a suite now and seems to like their company. He might enjoy joining a family with a few other cats he can spend time with. Marshall also has a good history of ignoring dogs, so if you have canines that can co-exist with cats, this might be the right family member for you.
Marshall does not appreciate the company of small children, and he has been known to swat at little ones to keep them away, so he will need to live with older children or no kids at all. If you have wee visitors, he’ll need a safe space to retreat from their company. This is the only special concession he asks for.
Friendly, orange tabby males don’t tend to last long in the shelter, so if you’re interested in Marshall, I encourage you to visit soon.
Sweet, Senior Cat Snowball
This handsome guy is about 12 years old, and he has a little wry smile (that’s not a trick of the camera). Snowball came to the shelter with a mouth full of rotting teeth, and he had six of them pulled a little earlier this week. He may always have a bit of an unusual smile, but now his teeth don’t hurt him anymore. He feels pretty good!
Snowball was found in a trailer park, lurking around and seeking out food. It was a rough life for an old guy, and someone took pity on him and brought him to us. He probably has gorgeous and long fur, but he was filled with mats and needed a haircut to reduce pain. Once his hair grows back, he’s likely to be a gorgeous boy.
Since Snowball was a stray cat, we don’t know a lot about his history. We do know that he seems to get along nicely with cats of all ages, including kittens, so he can join your multi-cat family quite easily. He loves to be petted and brushed, and he really likes to hold long conversations with people he trusts. This is a great little kitty, bound to make a family really happy. We hope someone comes to take him home soon.
Unusual Cat Keegan
The last two cats I am planning to tell you about have been born with some deformities. They don’t bother these cats at all, but they do make them look just a little bit odd.
The first is Keegan, a 6-month-old orange tabby boy with a cleft nose. It is a very unusual nose, but again, this doesn’t bother Keegan at all. He can breathe nicely, and he has no idea he looks any different from any other cat. But he certainly does have an unusual look to him.
Keegan came to the shelter due to a housing issue, and he’s settled right into life here. He is ready to meet and greet anyone that stops by to visit him. He loves to be petted, and he’ll let you pick him right up to give him extra snuggles and cuddles. He gets along beautifully with the cats in his suite, and he plays with bell toys, scratching posts, and other toys like a champ.
Keegan has a good history of living with other cats, and he also has lived with dogs and children as young as 7 years old. We hope he goes home soon.
Overlooked Kitten Xavier
Kittens usually fly out of the shelter in a blink of an eye, especially if there’s something a little unusual about the kitten. Xavier is certainly unusual. Look at all of those toes! He has several extra toes on both front feet, so his little legs seem to end in mittens.
Xavier came to the shelter with several siblings, and while all of them were adopted, he was left behind. That’s due, in part, to this guy’s early shyness. He used to run from visitors and quake under their touch. He’s been working on that, and he’s made great progress. Today, he let me both pet him and pick him up. And I heard a few purrs. He is likely to do just fine in a home. He just needs someone to give him a chance.
Xavier adores (REALLY adores) other cats, and he is likely to do best in a home with another young cat that is a little braver. That companion can comfort him when he is scared and help to encourage him to develop brave behaviors. Do you have a friend like that?
That’s it for this week!
If you’re looking for another way to help animals in our community, consider volunteering! We’ve made some revisions to our volunteer orientation program, and now, our orientations are held on the third Thursday of the month, right here in the shelter. We’d love to see you! Find out more here.