Here's a Happy Tail about a Cat Care Society alumni, Ruby. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did!
Ruby came to the shelter in 2004 as a kitten and she was adopted by an older women with 2 cats and a small dog. She came back to the shelter in 2008 when her person died. She was very shy and depressed and was not eating well. A couple adopted her along with another shelter cat but she continued to do poorly and due to her medical issues she came back to the shelter.
The shelter staff went to great lengths to get her well again but she continued to be very shy and depressed and wouldn't eat. She went downstairs to live in the clinic so the clinic staff could monitor her. She would venture out and climb into the lap of a volunteer who would spend time with her but for the most part, she hid in her kitty bed.
One day someone donated a tall six foot cat tree. It was temporarily stored at the bottom of the stairs. Ruby came across the tree as she wandered around the lower floor and found that she loved hanging out in that tree. Her spirits improved and she started to eat better. The tree became a permanent fixture while Ruby was there and it was decided that it would go home with her when she was adopted.
One of the clinic volunteers had a friend who wanted to adopt a shy cat and she told him "I know just the cat for you". David was introduced to Ruby and he and his wife Meredith fell in love with her. They brought her home and she's been with them ever since.
Here's what David has to say about Ruby: Ruby is now with us for more than 6 years. She still hides when anyone but Meredith or I come into the house. But when she hears Meredith's Jeep pull into the driveway, she trots over to the front door to greet her. When I am sitting at my computer, Ruby comes over to claim me as her territory by scratching at my leg like a scratch-post. I am glad I have mastered the art of keeping her claws trim and safe for my jeans!
One of Ruby's favorite hangouts is her cat tree. This came from the Cat Care Society. When she sits on the top platform, she is six feet off the ground and feels safe and in command of the world. From this platform in front of the window, she watches cars, dog walkers, squirrels, and children walk by.
Even at more than eleven years old, Ruby often believes she is a kitten. This means it's time to play! Lately it is less chase-the-string and more swat-the-ball. I roll a 3" diameter smooth sponge center ball toward Ruby. As the ball nears, she crouches with eyes wide open and ears a little back. When the ball arrives, she swats the ball, returning it to me. She's ready for another one!
As Autumn sets in and the air in the house is cooler, Ruby is more active than during the hot days of summer. As I walk in the house, Ruby sprints past me, insisting she be the first to enter the next room. She asserts her victory by raking her claws on the scratching post in the room, claiming her territory. We sure are glad she lets us live in her house with her.