Mom & Dad visited the local animal shelter today to look at this kitty.
He was described as being approximately 16 years old and “gentle, affectionate, loving”. He needs medication for high blood pressure and has limited vision. He was being housed in a multi-cat room, so he’s proven to get along with other cats.
Lucky for me, they decided he wasn’t a good match for our family. Ambivalent is the best way they could describe him. After 5 minutes of petting him in his bed – to which he showed no interest other than some mild tail twitching, he stood up to stretch and Mom gently put him on her lap. He didn’t settle in and didn’t seem particularly interested in being with a person. They stayed with him for about 15 minutes while he got up for a snack, visited the litter box, and wandered around the room before going back to his bed. He never showed any interest in Mom or Dad.
Maybe he was having a lackadaisical afternoon, or maybe he didn’t take a liking to Mom & Dad the way Sammi and I did when we were choosing them as our new family. In any case, they decided he wasn’t a good fit for us. We hope he meets his match soon and can settle in to a permanent home.
This boy isn’t at risk of being euthanized (at least for now). He’s one of the luckiest cats at the shelter because he’s housed in the “catfe”, a large area dedicated to promoting the adoption of adult cats. This area houses up to 5 adult cats, and potential adopters can hang out enjoy a free cup of coffee. Here’s a photo of the room. Behind the camera, there’s an adjoining area with a big window & window seat and the litter boxes.
It’s unfortunate that there are so many animals who need homes, but I’m glad our community has several large shelters that do their best to provide care for many animals who are waiting to be adopted.