This week, I have three really great cats to tell you about, including one who will need a very special home with a very special family. There’s a lot to talk about, so let’s cut the kitty chit-chat and get started, shall we?
Pretty Cat Patches
First up is this pretty tuxedo cat named Patches. She’s a little older than 13, and she has quite a story to tell.
Apparently, Patches has always been a little bit on the frisky side. Her first family reports that–even as a kitten–Patches was apt to get a little sassy with people and pets alike. She felt she should be in charge of most, if not all, things. And she had no qualms about letting people and pets know about her leadership abilities.
But as Patches started to age, her sassiness started to intensify. Instead of simply correcting the dogs and cats in her home, she started showing outright aggression towards them. And, Patches decided to mark off her territory against these other pets in ways her humans did not appreciate. She also started to intensify the sassy with small children.
Clearly, she was unhappy in that home. So she came here.
When I met with Patches today, she took a little time to warm up to me. That’s not surprising, as I have two dogs in my home and several cats. I’m sure I smell like other pets, and Patches just doesn’t dig that. But, after a few minutes, she let me pet her and cuddle her and love her. She let me interact with her like any other human adult might interact with a cat.
This suggests, to me, that Patches might do well as a single cat in a quiet home. She might always be sassy, but she does have a sweet side. Get her away from other animals and provide her with her own room to escape to from time to time when she is overwhelmed, and I’ll bet all will be fine.
Patches has been waiting for a home since April 4th, which is an incredibly long wait for a senior girl like this. Can anyone help?
Awesome Kitty Alvin
Next up is this sweet 2yo guy, Alvin. On first glance, he might look like any other brown tabby in any community in any shelter. But Alvin is something special. And he will need a special home.
You’ll notice, when you meet Alvin, that he has a pretty significant case of the wobbles. His head moves from side to side almost all of the time, and sometimes, he makes very fast and uncoordinated movements that can scatter his cat litter, his food, his bedding and his water. When he gets excited about something, those tremors can increase.
I shot this video today, when the team was pulling together the breakfast bowls for the cats in the shelter. There’s a lot of mewling going on here, because the kitties know that their food is coming. And Alvin knew the food was coming too. So you can see how spastic he is.
But I also hope you see how loving he is. He readily accepted all of my snuggles and affection this morning without even so much as sniffing my hands. I have no idea why he is so trusting, as he was found as a stray cat. But he really does seem to enjoy the company of people.
I did a teeny tiny bit of research on this condition, mainly with this website, just so I could make good recommendations for families. From what I can see, this isn’t a condition associated with pain or discomfort. And it isn’t usually a condition that progresses. That means Alvin has the wobbles, will probably always have the wobbles and might not wobble worse. It’s just who he is.
But his family might need to do some work to help him stay safe. He might need special bowls he can’t tip over and cat boxes he can get in and out of without falling. He might need gates over stairs, so he doesn’t fall. And he might need slow introductions to other pets, who might not know what to make with all of that shaking.
I love this little guy, and I just know there’s someone out there that can help. Can you?
Magical Cat Minnie
Check out the sweet face on Minnie. I can honestly say that I don’t think I’ve ever seen a cat quite like her in the shelter. Her eyes are spaced far apart, and her nose is just the slightest bit smashed. It’s quite the look. But Minnie is more than a pretty face.
Minnie came to the shelter because her person was moving and couldn’t take Minnie along. That owner reports that Minnie is a mellow and easygoing cat that likes most people and who likes to do her own thing.
But there’s one thing Minnie doesn’t like, and it’s making her shelter life hard. Minnie really does not like other cats, and there are plenty of them in the shelter. They wave their arms and mew their mews and scramble around. All of that drives Minnie around the bend. Sometimes, she hisses. Sometimes, she just hides.
Minnie will need a home in which she is the only cat. And, she has a very serious flea allergy that is under treatment right now. That means she will need to be a strictly indoor cat, so she can’t find more fleas. And she will need to be on flea prevention for all of her life.
Have room for her?
Bonus Beauty: Kitty Dexter
I helped to run a volunteer event for Willamette Humane Society today, and I couldn’t resist this photo opportunity. Several members of the OSU Alumni Association (including me) were running around the shelter today as part of a Day of Service OSU hosts every year. We had banners, and I knew I’d need to do some social media posts. Dexter was happy to pose.
Isn’t he handsome?
Dexter is a 3yo longhaired kitty that is just growing his coat back after a nasty allergic reaction to a flea medication. He should be gorgeous when he is all healed up. Dexter has FIV, so he will need a slow introduction into a home with other cats. And he should always live indoors.
Any OSU fans looking for a cat? Dexter is ready to go.
That’s it for this week! As always, please share this post so we can get these kitties adopted. And, if a story touches your heart, touch the cat’s name in the bold text, and you’ll head to a sponsorship page. That is always appreciated.
Jean lives in Salem with her two dogs and five cats (and all of those critters appear on Jean's personal pet blog: Welcome to the Menagerie ).
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