“Finally, I managed to get through to these humans! I’m cute, I’m sweet, I’ve got lots of stripes and pretty white mittens and a very long tail, I love you and you love me, so adopt me!”
Actually, Silver has been ready for a while. It just took several frustrating months for us humans to figure it out.
Silver showed up among the stray and feral kitties at the feeding station of Denise, up the street from me. That’s the colony we TNRd last spring and rescued Bowie and her kittens and a few others. Like many colonies new kitties periodically appear and we do our best to find out if they are lost and need to return home, if someone else is also feeding them and knows where they belong. Everyone gets spayed and neutered and vaccinated, the friendly ones can hopefully find a foster and a home, the not-so-friendly ones are ear-tipped and go back out to join the colony. Every cat we can take off the streets makes us very happy!
Silver burst on the scene a few months ago, hungry, skinny, friendly, talkative, obviously not a feral cat, and decidedly in need of a neutering. Another cat showed up at the same time, a sold gray tabby with mittens and a bib, and they seemed to be together, but Silver was by far the friendlier one. In time he was trying to get into Denise’s house when she went in or out, and managed to chase all the regulars off the deck at feeding time. We made a plan for him to be neutered and fostered to see just how friendly he really was and if he was adoptable, and take it from there.
Well, Silver has turned out to be not only wildly sweet, friendly and affectionate, he is also quite well-mannered for an adult cat who was just neutered and suddenly found himself inside a home—which was exactly where he wanted to be! We “trapped” him on Monday night, and I have that in quotes for a reason. I posted in our TNR group Monday night,
One of the easiest “cat trappings” I’ve ever done tonight! Silver has been hanging around Denise Trumbull’s house–no, he’s been trying to get into her house and telling all the other cats to leave! But he needs to lose his fuzzy dice learn how to be a housecat, so we decided we’d trap him tonight and his significant other, Perry, later. We held the trap door open, put the food inside, he followed and started eating, we pushed his butt and tail inside and gently closed the door. He kept eating. Done! He is sooooo friendly! He’s rolling around for no good reason. Age between 1 and 2 I’d guess. Wish all the trappings were like that!
He stayed in Denise’s garage overnight and Tuesday morning I drove him to the walk-in clinic near us, but I wasn’t getting the feral package with ear-tip, I asked for the rescue package with no ear-tip and with vaccines. He was a purrfect gentleman in the car down there and back. Peg had offered to foster him so I took him to her house, helped her set up the cage and we played with him for a bit. He was a little wild, climbing his cage but eating well and very social. The next day she let him out and instead of climbing her bookshelves and clearing her desk, he explored a bit, and liked sleeping on her desk. He’s a real people cat. At one time he had a home, he missed having a home, and he is glad to be in a home once again.
Silver was more than happy for the extra attention when I stopped by this morning, and showed off his modeling skills. I couldn’t get him to sit or stand in one spot, but he rolled around, and stopped to look at me when he felt it was a good pose and held it to make sure I had the time to take a few photos.
The veterinarian listed on his paperwork that he is two years old, which was about my guess. He was scanned and does not have a chip. He doesn’t have the jowly, chesty appearance of other mature intact cats. He’s just a slender happy guy.
Silver is up for adoption, but not through Pittsburgh C.A.T. His foster and I will screen anyone interested in his adoption and there will be a $50 fee to help cover the cost of his neuter, vaccines, flea treatment, worming and tests (even with low cost options, it’s all more than twice that much).
We can only foster him for a few weeks because we also want to trap Perry and see how adoptable he is. If we’re not successful at finding an adopter for Silver I’ll surrender him with a reclaim at one of the shelters we work with so he has the chance to see more people and have a better chance at finding a home. If he is ever in danger there, we’ll get a call and go get him.
If you are interested in this silly guy, please let me know!
And in this case, if you’d like to help us cover costs for Silver and eventually Perry as well as help Denise with the costs of feeding between 8 and a dozen cats each day, you can Paypal money to firstname.lastname@example.org or contact me at that email for other options, like gift cards and such. I’ll send you a gift certificate to my store as thanks!
Can’t adopt? Foster! Can’t foster? Donate or volunteer.
There are so many ways you can help cats who need homes and care. You may not have room to adopt another cat, but can foster a cat or kitten for a few weeks. If not that, you can volunteer at a shelter or with a rescue, or donate. You do this because you love your cat, and by doing so you help all cats. No matter which of these actions you take, you help to save a life, and make life better for all cats.
- Adopt one of the cats I’ve posted here, or from any shelter or rescue near you, or from Petfinder, to open up a space for another cat to be rescued and fostered.
- Offer to foster cats or kittens for a shelter or rescue near you.
- Volunteer at a shelter or rescue.
- Find a group of volunteers who work with homeless cats and help them with their efforts.
- Donate to a shelter or rescue near you.
If you can foster kittens or adults cats to help prepare them for a forever home, please run to your nearest shelter and find a cat who needs you! Anyone can help with this effort at any level, even if all you do is donate to a shelter or rescue so they can help to pay for the food or medications needed for their foster, or the spay/neuter/veterinary care during a clinic.
Need to know more? Read Fostering for Your Shelter and Fostering Saves Lives
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