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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.
Thanksgiving is now Cats-Giving at Cat Care During the month of November, every adopter will get to spin the wheel for a reduced adoption fee or free cat stuff!
When you land on:
- Red (4 spaces), you'll receive a reduced adoption fee of $60.
- Purple (2 spaces), you'll receive a free toy from Meow Mart (valued at $5 or less).
- Light blue (2 spaces), you'll receive a free scratch carpet.
- Green (2 spaces), you'll receive a free handmade cat mat.
- Dark blue (1 space), you'll receive a free hard plastic cat carrier.
- Dark blue (1 space), you'll receive a free 6' beige carpeted cat condo.
- Yellow (2 spaces), you'll receive a reduced adoption fee of $70.
Here are our adoption tales from September. Congratulations to all the cats who found their forever homes and to the human companions who adopted them!
Jet ("Orion"): Orion is a good cat who enjoys playing with his yarn toy.
Spice: Spice explored and has become comfortable in her new home. She enjoys playing with her mouse toy and cuddling on her human's bed.
MiKo and Tasha: Miko (pictured above) and Tasha remain a bonded pair and interact well with family and friends.
McKellen ("Spaz"): Spaz likes playing with his mouse wand toy but doesn't like his feather wand toy.
Alaska and Montana ("Monti"): One of the kitties hid in the stereo speaker the first day they went home. Both Alaska (pictured above) and Monti sleep late and are active at night.
Jarrett ("Apollo"): Apollo is quite talkative and inquisitive, especially when the air conditioning comes on.
Neddy ("Alfred"): Alfred is full of love and likes to snuggle. He thinks Q-tips are fun and is getting along well with the two younger cats he shares his home with.
Penelope ("Penny"): Penny loves her catnip pickle and laser light toy.
Kozi: Kozi was adopted by one of Cat Care Society's cleaning staff. She enjoys playing with her catnip banana and sleeping under the bed covers. She is reported to eat like a, "steam shovel."
This post was written by Sierra M. Koester, Cat Care Society Volunteer and Professional Blogger.
Sue Sioux is a gorgeous cat available for adoption at our shelter.
Miller: Miller found his new forever home. He lives with an English Setter. He likes the dog and loves his new humans.
Cedar: Cedar lives with a man and his roommate. The roommate has a 15-year-old cat. Cedar is always on his best behavior and is described as a, "good kitty."
Augustine (now G.C.): G.C. likes playing with a variety of toys and is described as, "one happy guy."
Spencer: Spencer went home with one of Cat Care Society's vet techs, and he likes to lay on people as if he is a rug.
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