Some rescued kitties remain a little timid and seem to prefer other cats to humans, but don’t let that fool you. Some kitties like Maude will surprise you when they roll over and show their bellies! That doesn’t mean you can pick them up and squeeze them, but it does mean they love and trust you, and someday there will be much more to your relationship than admiration from a distance. And don’t forget: they will always be far more intelligent than you.
Maude’s foster mom wrote up an award-winning profile for her. Enjoy!
Field Report Summary from the Pittsburgh Institute of Feline Sciences:
We placed Dr. Maude Tabbinton in the field several months ago to conduct research for her forthcoming book “The Social Habits of the Housebound Human” to be published by Bast Press and we are excited that she’s sent back a number of observations about the humans she has been observing. We are in the process of peer reviewing her preliminary findings.
Dr. Tabbington instilled herself in the house of a middle aged couple who, for reasons we can’t understand, have several less-educated felines on the premises who don’t seem to be doing their own hominid research. They also have a large, gangly, canine-like beast that sleeps all day and does not seem to understand how to speak Feline. While the other inhabitants seem well-fed and happy, the humans have other bizarre rituals like picking them up to “snuggle” and calling them frankly demeaning nicknames.
The Institute, however, is getting slightly concerned about Dr. Tabbington, as her reports have changed drastically in the last several months. A selection of her reports follow:
Household 1, Day 14: I am still unsure what to think of these hominids. They have let me leave the large crate to roam around, but still stalk me around the domicile several times per day. If I allow myself to be captured, they hold me and scratch my chin for a bit. They seem charmed by my eyes, but they don’t appear to have the mental capacity to understand that I’m simply trying to get a close up look at their hairless skin and strange pupils.
Household 1, Day 45: I find things to like about this location. The hominids feed me well, and they have a small illuminated moving circle that I find somewhat irresistible. It is slightly humiliating to watch their joy when I deign to chase it. They clearly have no capacity for research. The other felines here are friendly, if not too bright. However, they’re quite warm and comforting and assure me that all is well in this place. The canine has been convinced that chasing me is a bad plan. I reluctantly allow the female hominid to pet me.
Household 1, Day 60: Today I took over a chair in the main room of the domicile, rather than hiding in the book room or inside the feline cubby hole. I have let the female hominid photograph me and pet me and even rolled over on my back to expose my fuzzy undersides. I like this chair quite a lot, but as I understand it, the female human was telling me that it’s time to leave this place. I find that the companionship of the other felines in the domicile is key to my contentment.
As you can see, the Board at the Institute is concerned that Dr. Tabbington has gone native. While we appreciate the candor of her reports and the progress she has made understanding the hominid language, we have no choice but to terminate her research at this facility and assign her to a more permanent location.
Maude is a sweet little tabby girl, who would be an amazing companion to another playful or snuggly cat who needs a friend. She takes a little work to warm up to people, and will play from a distance and allow petting and picking up on her terms. She doesn’t have a mean bone in her body, however, and has excellent litter box habits, allows nail trims, and can be picked up for awhile. She is spayed and vaccinated and ready for her patient forever home, hopefully with someone who has a cat friend or two for her. She is currently fostered in Pittsburgh with 4 other cats and a Greyhound.
Maude is spayed, microchipped, dewormed, flea-treated, and up-to-date on all of her vaccinations! Don’t you want to know how her research turns out? You’ll have to adopt her to know! All adoptions start with an application: http://tinyurl.com/pghcatapp. You can also see Maude on Pittsburgh C.A.T.’s Petfinder page and Facebook page.
Adopting from Pittsburgh C.A.T.
All Pittsburgh C.A.T. adoptions begin with your application. After it’s reviewed you’ll be contacted about meeting your cat or kitten. All cats have been fostered in homes and are healthy, spayed or neutered, up to date on vaccines.
Also look for more adoptable cats on Pittsburgh C.A.T.’s Petfinder page.
Help Pittsburgh C.A.T. with kitten season!
You know that Pittsburgh C.A.T. is the rescue I volunteer with, but even when I’m rescuing cats and kittens for others they still provide support to me in the form of traps and transport, fostering, food, kitten formula, and low-cost clinic and surgery appointments. I couldn’t help anyone without their support. Rescuing adult cats to foster and adopt to a forever home can be expensive depending on their condition, but rescuing kittens is always expensive because they need complete vetting, often they are orphaned and need formula and bottle feeding for weeks, they often develop illnesses or conditions specific to young kittens and they eat A LOT. We don’t adopt kitten out until they are spayed and neutered and have all age-appropriate vaccines, so we make a substantial investment in their future.
Here’s what you can do:
- Donate Amazon gift cards to Pburghcat@gmail.com. Because our cats are fostered in homes all around the Pittsburgh area, gift cards enable us to send supplies directly to fosters!
- You can also buy supplies through our Amazon wishlist
- Or donate cash through Paypal (Pburghcat@gmail.com) or Venmo (Pittsburghcat).
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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Great Rescues Day Book:
Portraits, Rescue Stories, Holidays and Events, Essential Feline Information, All in One Book
Each month features one of my commissioned portraits of a feline or felines and their rescue story along with a kitty quote on the left page, and on the right page the month name with enough lines for all possible dates, with standard holidays and animal-themed observances and events. Great Rescues also includes a mini cat-care book illustrated with my drawings including information on finding strays or orphaned kittens, adopting for the first time or caring for a geriatric cat, a list of household toxins and toxic plants, or helping stray and feral cats and beginning with TNR.
Each book includes also 10 sheets of my “22 Cats” decorative notepaper with a collage of all the portraits in black and white so you can make your own notes or write special notes to friends.
The portraits in this book, collected as a series, won both a Certificate of Excellence and a Muse Medallion in the 2011 Cat Writers’ Association Annual Communication Contest, as well as the 22 Cats Notepaper mentioned below.
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