I have a lot of respect for rescues. They do a lot of hard work that carries an emotional toll. Sometimes it’s heart breaking and sometimes rewarding. They handle a lot of animals so I’ve learned to take their information on adoptables with a grain of salt. Animals are different in different environments.
Gus is the newest resident here. Adopted at three years old, he had lived at the rescue since he was 8 weeks old. He was a volunteer favorite, friendly but shy. When I came in to adopt him, they said that he was good with other cats (which he is) but that he didn’t like to be handled. He’d never be a lap cat. I was ok with that as I had cats fighting over my lap already. Here is how that turned out.
Sasha was adopted because she wouldn’t come out so adopters could get a look at her or get to know her. She was a year old and spent all that time in a rescue. I already knew that first impressions with animals weren’t any more reliable than first impressions with people. Sometimes you have to get to know someone. She also would not be a lap cat. I’m still ok with that. She needed a home and my lap had enough takers but this is how that worked out.
Gracie was next. She was a rescued from an overcrowding situation but clearly she was very comfortable being around people. She’s a bit of a loner (which they didn’t tell me) but she would also not be a lap cat. Not only is she a lap cat but she is a lap hussy hopping on anyone handy. I posted a photo of her on my lap recently but here is one with my brother, both napping.
We adopted Morgan because as a one-eyed cat I didn’t think the odds were in her favor for adoption. People have missed out on this marvel. She is our perfect cat. (By that I mean she eats anything you put in front of her and does not wake me up at 3 a.m.) She’s very friendly and the least likely to be a lap cat in our crew but it does happen.
Sometimes it gets congested, like here.
None of these cats were advertised as being anything near a lap cat yet look what happened. Perhaps I should stop wearing pants that smell like bacon!
I apologize for the blurry pictures but getting pictures of a cat on my lap is not easy.