It’s still kitten season here in Salem, and we have plenty of tiny ones that want to go home with you (You can come to Kitten Kaboodle, our offsite adoption center in the Salem Center Mall to meet them Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays!). It’s hard to resist their sweet faces and adorable purrs. But remember: Kittens can be a lot of work. They need training and medical care and patience. And soon, they grow into adult cats that can steal your heart away.
If you’re so inclined, consider adopting an adult cat! You’ll have a better idea of what kitty’s personality will look like, and you might get a break on the midnight crazies that come with kittens. I have four adults that would love to go home with you.
Meet Big Cat Maverick
This guy is just over a year old, so he has a lot of kitten spunk and pizzazz. And he is gorgeous! Look at these pretty orange eyes.
Maverick is a big guy at 15 pounds, and he wasn’t terribly comfortable in a kennel. He moved into the office of our Volunteer Manager, and he won over so many hearts and minds during his stay there. He absolutely loves to play, and he tried to get both staff members and volunteers to throw balls, wave wands, and otherwise entertain him. We were all happy to comply.
But it’s not all fun and games for this cat. He loves his lap time, and he asked people he trusted to carry him and cuddle him.
Maverick needs a little training in cat manners. He can get overstimulated and forget the difference between toys and body parts. He’ll need cat-savvy people that read his signals and help him redirect to toys as needed. We’re recommending he avoid life with kids, since he has a bit to learn.
Maverick would adore a home with other cats. He seems most comfortable when in the company of other feline friends. If you have cats, he might like to meet you.
Volunteer Favorite Mosey
Next up is a senior cat that’s been waiting for a home for a very long time. Her name is Mosey, and she is 10 years old.
Mosey came to the shelter due to an illness in her family, and we think she was grieving. She seemed angry and upset in her kennel, and sometimes, she made families think she didn’t need them, when the opposite is true.
We asked a dedicated foster family to take this girl home for an evaluation. They had nothing but nice things to say about her. “In the 8 days we have had Mosey, we’ve seen no naughty behavior. When she was done with your pets, she would wave her paw to let you know. She loves to have her head scratched and rubbed and also behind her ears. She would lay on her side to let me brush her. After the initial intros she has been very friendly. She does sleep by you for periods of time. She loves toys and I am bringing in the toy she liked a lot for when she goes home. We enjoyed Mosey a lot.”
Mosey gets along with other cats, and she didn’t mind a barking dog in her foster home. She will need time to bond with a new family, but it’s clear that she is capable of doing so.
Mosey has renal disease, and that could shorten her life. She will need a special diet and medical monitoring for that issue. We hope she finds the right family very soon.
Young Tabby Milo
I know we have plenty of orange tabby fans out there. You’ll love 1-year-old Milo. He has beautiful colors in his coat!
Milo is a very active little kitty that loves to walk on a leash, especially outside. That’s the reason he came to the shelter, in fact. He kept trying to dart out the door, and his family got worried he’d get lost or hurt. His new family should be dedicated to giving him leash time or protected catio time, so he won’t be motivated to make a break for it.
Milo has lived successfully with other cats, although he has no dog or kid history. And he absolutely loves people. He is a little worried in the shelter, but he takes very little coaxing to come out of his shell and ask for kisses and cuddles. He’s sure to make a family really happy. And he’s not likely to stay in the shelter for long. If you’re interested, come see him!
Sweet and Spicy Liam
The last kitty I’ll tell you about is Liam, and he’s also about a year old. He poses so nicely for photos.
Liam is an interesting guy. The way his family describes him is almost exactly opposite of how he behaves in the shelter. I think he must really dislike it here, and we’re all hoping he’ll go home soon.
In his home, Liam was described as mellow, easy going, and a lap cat. He loved to be picked up and cuddled. And he adored to play with toys and with other cats. He also really loved the kids in his family.
In the shelter, Liam is a little suspicious. And he can swat and spit when he gets overwhelmed, and that happens often.
We’re hoping a family can overlook how he feels now and give him a chance to return to the sweet guy he has hiding inside. He’ll need a slow introduction to your home to blossom, and you’ll need to be patient. But we think he’s worth it.
That’s it for this week! If you see a cat you’re in love with, be sure to come down and say hello very soon. Cats get adopted quicker than you thought possible. And if adoption isn’t right for you, consider joining our Golden Hearts Club program! Your monthly donation will make happy endings possible. Find out more about it here.