When my cat Hazel died in December, I resolved to downsize my cat population. I’m getting older and young ones may outlive me. Well, that didn’t last long.
A blogger friend, Debra Farrington, is active in a TNR (trap, neuter, return) group not too far from my home. She occasionally fosters cats that are trapped and need special nurturing. Either they are ill and need medications or kittens to socialize for adoption.
Last fall she fostered a cat that had been trapped as a kitten. She was working on socializing her because she was very shy around people. Potential adopters would come to see her. She wouldn’t come out so they adopted another cat. She spent almost a year at the rescue’s shelter.
The shelter has open rooms for the cats but it’s not a forever home especially for a kitten. This little kitty moved to a few locations but didn’t get adopted. It touched my heart because Hazel was a shy cat that wasn’t good at adoption events either.
I had an opening and I’m sure Hazel would have wanted it that way. We have adopted another cat. Her rescue name was Mystique but we are trying out Sasha Moo-stasha (one look at her picture and it will be clear why and I’m not naming her Groucho!)
We’ll see if that sticks. Gypsy is another thought because of her homeless state for so long. If anyone has a suggestion, I’m all ears.
Either I am the biggest cat whisperer ever or I was snookered again. (I must have that “sucker” tattoo permanently removed from my forehead.) After spending 12 hours here, she wasn’t shy with me. Another 24 hours and she’s climbing into laps for naps. She loves the resident cats who are giving me stink-eye.
There are nose bumps and butt sniffing. A few hisses when someone gets startled. Only old girl Mollie has threatened a head wamp (and it’s not clear if it’s for me or the new cat).
We are at four guitars for the beloved husband and four cats for me. Equilibrium. More about this newest invader next week. Maybe the resident cats will weigh in. Gracie is not excited about giving up the “baby” designation but she’s also interested in an active playmate.
Header photo courtesy of Debra Farrington