I’m a sucker for shy, retiring cats. These are the guys that tend to get overlooked in the shelter, but they’re also the pets that tend to shower their people with affection when they are chosen and brought home.
Maybe that’s why I like little Wendy Bird in Suite 3 so much. She’s quite possibly the shyest cat I’ve ever encountered, and yet, she’s also one of the most loving girls in the shelter right now.
Wendy came into the shelter as a stray, and I’m guessing that she’s been a stray for most of her life, as she has a cropped ear. This is the step many trap/neuter/release organizations use in order to mark altered cats (so they’re not trapped and operated on multiple times). Wendy’s cropped ear tells me she’s been without a home for a long time.
But somehow, in the 2 or so years that she’s been alive, she’s had at least some opportunity for human interaction, and she loves it. She responds enthusiastically to petting, brushing and chatter. She loves to give love bites, whirl around your legs and bump into your feet with her head.
Very, Very Shy
If you’re motivated to visit Wendy, be aware that she’s extremely shy. In fact, I would bet that she’s often totally overlooked by visitors, as she hides in her little scratching post most of the time. If you peek into that little covered spot by the door, though, you’ll see her pretty fur peeking out at you.
Wendy Bird in Action
Wendy does like catnip, so the catnip cam was totally worth a shot, but you’ll see here that she also gets a little frightened by her noisy roomie, and she decides to dart back into her safe spot.
They sell these scratching posts at the Willamette Humane Society, and it would be worthwhile for Wendy’s adopter to pick one of these up for her new home. I’ll bet she’d appreciate that.
Good News and Bonus News
“Why isn’t Bird mentioned here?” you might be wondering. It’s for the best of reasons: He was adopted! Sweet Preston from a previous posting was also adopted last week. We’re all thrilled.
Meanwhile, Cleopatra and Nefertiti are still available for adoption, and they’ve been working on their kennel presentation. Today, when I went to visit them, they were right out in the open, just hoping for affection. Maybe that’s the change they needed in order to convince someone to take them home. Right now, due to a WHS special, they can be adopted for $12 apiece. That’s one heck of a bargain on these lovely ladies.
And if you’re interested in kittens, there are still dozens available. This little cutie loves to play, play, PLAY. A visit with these sweeties is sure to perk up anyone’s mood.
Next week, I’ll be featuring sweet Maddie on this blog. She’s almost 4 years old, and she has the sweetest personality. I’ll bet she’ll go fast!
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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