This is Carlton: A 7-year-old, pure white, Siamese mix (note the blue eyes!). He’s had a bit of a rough time finding a forever, permanent, loving home. In fact, during his short little life, he’s been through four homes. I’m hoping we can make this adoption placement permanent!
Carlton’s First Home
I took a peek at Carlton’s paperwork, and it seems that this guy grew up with a female owner that he adored, and he lost that home when his owner passed away. He spent some time living with relatives, but that wasn’t an ideal fit for him, so he was brought to the shelter to find a new guardian.
The original family had some wonderful things to say about this big boy. For example, they mentioned that he’s affectionate and easygoing when in the company of children, even if those kids are really small. That’s excellent news, as it could mean he would fit in well in a new home that has kids. He also did well at the vet’s office, and he rode in a car nicely. All of that is great!
In any case, it’s clear that he was loved, and that he experienced a traumatic loss. That breaks my heart a little. We were all hoping he’d find the perfect fit when he first came to the shelter in October.
Carlton’s Next Steps
Within a few days of arriving at WHS, Carlton did get adopted. Unfortunately, things didn’t work out very well. There was another feline resident there that really wasn’t interested in sharing space with this big boy, and a few squabbles broke out. That’s not uncommon, especially if the cat-to-cat introductions take place a touch too quickly, but this family felt it might be best to give Carlton another shot at a permanent home. So after just a few days, they brought him back.
Carlton spent some time at our Petco adoption center, and from there, he went to a loving family in what seemed to be a perfect placement. But unfortunately, this new set of guardians had an extraordinarily busy schedule, and they just didn’t feel they had the time to devote to Carlton. Plus, he developed some tummy troubles in this home that made litterbox cleanup a hassle. So after a few months, he came back to us.
Ideal for Carlton
This pretty kitty is still dealing with some gastric problems, and the veterinary staff is working hard to get to the bottom of them. Medications might be an option, as might specialized foods. Whatever the treatment program is, his family must be sure to follow the directions to the letter, just to make sure he gets better.
Sometimes, too, these problems can be caused by stress. It wouldn’t surprise me that Carlton has some tummy woes exacerbated by moving around from place to place so frequently. It’s hard on sensitive guys like Carlton.
His new family should be aware that he’s been through a lot, and that things will need to progress slowly in order for him to adjust. He needs patience and love, so he can relax and learn that this home will be his forever home. The staff can tell you more about how to introduce him into your home in the ideal manner.
I just know that Carlton will make a family really happy. I am hoping he’ll find that perfect, patient match before Christmas.
When I walked into the shelter this week, a few staffers asked me if I’d mention sweet Marty in my blog. This 6-year-old cat was recently returned to the shelter, and we’re all a little heartbroken about that. So I think we should give him a little shout-out.
Marty was born with a bad eye. It’s smaller than the other, and it’s unclear whether or not he can see out of it. The tear ducts on that eye work beautifully, however, and that means Marty often has a bit of a goopy face. His eye doesn’t seem to bother him, but cleanup is required.
The staff tells me that they’re perusing options for Marty. He might need to have that little eye removed, or he might need to go to a special sort of hospice home due to his deficiencies. It’s not really clear. I’ll be sure to keep you posted.
Meanwhile, if you’re at all interested in providing Marty with a special home, please come in and talk with the staff. Or, consider donating to his medical expenses. Or, come to see him and pet him. He’s an incredibly loving cat, and he’d adore a visit with you.
That’s it for this week! As always, please share this blog with your friends, family members, coworkers…. We’d love to see these cats adopted!