Savannah's Paw Tracks

Autobiography of a Former Shelter Cat

An Update On My Progress


I have been wanting to share Savannah’s continuing progress with her readers for some time. But, I keep thinking I need to have photo verification of her progress and as much of it happens at night or when I have my hands full, that’s pretty hard to do!! You will understand what I mean when I describe how my precious feline gal pal Ms. Savvy Do continues to emerge, even after six years with me, as her REAL SELF.

Dad P and I more often than not call Savannah “Nana”. She knows all the renditions of her name from Savvy, Savvy Davvy, Savannah Banana to Nana. And while we know Nana’s silly funny side, most of you know her as a more serious lady cat. The photo above is truly what we call the “Savannah Look”. Serious and clearly not interested in hearing any excuses for whatever she just observed that caught her attention! That’s my girl, Nana.

And yet, after living with us for over six years, having come to us at approximately age five, Nana continues to allow herself to grow in confidence in herself and trust in us, her human guardians—and her human Mom L and Dad P.

Case in point, below you will see Nana resting peacefully on her latest favorite light weight blankie. This is something I have had for over fifty years. And Nana calls it “hers”. Talk about calling our “dibs, it’s mine!”  This is on the foot of the bed where I sleep every night, even in Summer. The amazing progress Nana has shown us over the last few weeks is that we can make the entire bed AROUND HER and she will never move! Nope! Not one whisker even flinches. Just one year ago, she would have be off the bed in a paw flick if we tried to make the bed around her like this.

And you already know how much Nana luvluvluvs her carpeted stairs, right? Well here is the awesome progress our brave Nana has made in just the last few months. We can literally walk over her, around her while she is chill’ax’in on her stairs and she never budges! Not even one whisker gets out of line! Just after we moved into our new home one year ago, Nana would flee if we stepped over, around her—especially if we had something like a load of laundry in our hands. Not now! She just stares at us, or eve better, just ignores us, and we have to move around her as best we can without tripping over her and our own feet!

As you know, Savvy has arty-right-us in her left knee in particular and also in her right, but not so bad. So she doesn’t use her “traditional” cat tree as much to play anymore. Her personal cat tree for play and relaxation is now the one and only thing carpeted in our home—her stairs.

And where do I begin to tell you about her progress in allowing me to touch her toes? In particular her hind toes, my most favorite toesies because she has such long individual toes. Yes, Nana allows me to not only touch, but to hold for brief moments now. All since coming to our own home last year.

Another major break through, for both me and Dad P, in the last few months has been the ability to truly give her not only tummy rubs, but to brush her tummy as well. Yes, that is correct, we can use her soft slicker brush to now brush her tummy furs. So sorry, but no photo allowed to date!

Savvy still comes to me in bed at night, now more than ever, to receive very intimate soft pets, face rubs and even gum rubs. Yup, that’s right, I said gum rubs. She enjoys having me rub her gums at night as well as her nose. She just pushed her nose into my finger and lets me softly massage, then she ends with a little lick…so special.

Alas, Nana has not yet ventured into my lap, but oh my she has come so close in the last few weeks as the weather gets warmer. I can only hope she will one day shock my world and make my life by climbing into my lap, if only for a few moments.

Her arthritis has been challenging, but she now uses the carpeted (of course carpeted!) steps we provide for both the bed and couch. Just look at her at the top of the steps in the bedroom…isn’t she calm and almost regal?

Given that Savvy is all too often serious, like when she is making her biscuits, it is such a joy to see her being carefree.

Savvy’s playfulness is still such an endearing activity. Her whiskers are so long and when she calls them to “Attention!” when it is time to pounce on the peacock feather, well, let’s just say it makes me grin from ear to ear.

As you know a cat always calls its whiskers to attention and forward when pursuing its “prey” and Nana goes that with great skill.

The message in this update on Nana’s continuing progress is this—never ever give up on an adult shelter rescue cat. Given patience, kindness, love and space—their REAL SELF will emerge, slowly, but it will just keep on coming. We can’t wait to see where Nana will be by end of 2018.

As you can tell, Nana rocks my world! She makes me and Dad P tickled and delighted to know that we were fortunate enough to get to adopt such a brave, resilient lady cat.



Friday Memes Late


Whew! Wasn’t sure I was gonna get this post up. You see Mom L brought home an over night guest again. She is helping a nearby apartment complex get all the free roaming cats spayed, neutered and if friendly, adopted. When some former residents moved out they abandoned their kitties, sad, but true.

Anyways, Cry Baby as his feeder calls him cuz he cries a lot to get fed…well he turned out to be not too friendly. So Mom L needs to release him back to his feeder’s care. At least he is now neutered, vaccinated and well fed!

On to the memes for today. I have another one of my favorite brown tabby from the Project Delta View Cat Colony.

He just cracks me up! Don’t you think he is a photogenic dude?

Of course I have another one from my gal pal in the UK, Erin The Cat Princess.

I think the message to her staff is “never serve over cooked mice to a true carnivore”!

Let me hear your shout outs in comments what you think about my memes in this rushed Friday Meme post. Did I get at least one of these to tickle your Friday smile?


Returned Again!


Well I never! I mean here I go and shout it to the roof tops, or at least to the tops of my internet tower…anyway, I shout it loud and clear that my Paw It Forward kitty Miss Gemma had a Happy Tail Ending. And this was her second adoption.

Remember I told you about her first adopter who allowed one of their dogs to bite her, wait for that bite to get such a horrible abscess Gemma needed a drain and stitches by the time that foolish family returned her to Contra Costa Animal Services.

After she had her stitches out, Gemma was moved to a fab place at Pet Food Express. Remember I showed you how great it was when Koko went there too. The staff loved Gemma and were so excited for her when a couple with a two year old toddling human adopted her. They firmly advised them to set up a safe room just for Gemma where she could get to know every nook and cranny and where they could interact with her OFTEN and calmly and quietly.

Gemma was again returned to Contra Costa Animal Services. Mom L was in tears for precious Gemma!! Long story short, the couple put Gemma in their laundry room where they continued to use those scary noisy machines. Then they let her out at night, and she would of course like any sensible cat hide under a bed. So in all their human wisdom they used the vacuum cleaner to scare her out!!! So they returned her saying she was too shy and needed a more quiet home!! DUH!!!

Pet Food Express welcomed Gemma back with open arms. And guess what? She is such a resilient cat and still trusts humans. Mom L had no problem getting to give Gemma tummy rubs the first time she visited her at Pet Food Express. Gemma has another adult and some kittens to keep her company so Mom L only goes to visit every couple of days. Please wish Gemma better good fortune her third time around. Don’t you just wanna give her a great big squeeze she is so cute!

I love hanging out next to a warm human

Gemma is the biggest purr bug! Look at her snugglin’ next to Mom L’s leg.

Ohhh…I adore you so much I have to make some biscuits!

And Gemma is an equal opportunity cat, so she had no trouble sharing some rubs with Dad P too.

Let me rub my furs on you so’s you remember me

I’d sure be purring up a storm if my readers will share this post to help Gemma find her purrfect family. She deserves a kind, sensitive human family with patience…not to mention brains enough to know how to follow instructions from the adoption counselors!!! If you have any advice I can pass along to Gemma, let me know in comments.


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