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Autobiography of a Former Shelter Cat

Another Look: Real Rescue Cats Are Talking

HIYA!!  SAVANNAH HERE!!!

Mom L and I agreed that it was appropriate to re-post some of my “Real Rescue Cats/Dogs Are Talking: Life Changing Interviews With Savannah”.

For the period of one full year, I did monthly interviews with one cat and one dog about their Real Rescue Story. They spoke in their own voices and their stories proved to be riveting in so many different ways. Enough so that I am bringing back a few while Mom L is recovering from her knee replacement surgery.

I will be re-posting two Real Rescue Cats Are Talking and two Real Rescue Dogs Are Talking. It was difficult to chose which four to re-post because all 24 were so well received by my readers. The four we selected are all about rescue cats and dogs who had many challenges to overcome; some of their challenges are unique. For those of you who have not read these interviews before, I hope you will find them insightful and inspiring.

One of my interviews with Real Rescue Cats was an unusual story.

How many of you heard a story about rescuing an adult cat from a human drug house?  The effect of living in that toxic environment caused Pooh to have unique behavioral challenges to overcome.

Please join me in re-visiting Pooh’s Real Rescue Cats Are Talking Interview:

Re-posted From 2013

 LIFE CHANGING INTERVIEW WITH SAVANNAH:

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Now this next adult rescue ladycat is someone many you most likely will not know.  But she has been around the paw blog community for a while…but just recently, she and her woofie brofurs and Mumsy have all combined their blogs so we just need to visit ONE to know all about each and efurryone one of them.

 Great idea, Huh?

Now I bet’cha some of you have already guessed who this might be…oh—one more thing…this ladycat comes from a furramily that lives the word “rescue”…for quadrupeds AND bipeds!

I have your interest now, huh??!!

PURRlease give a very warm Savannah’s Paw Tracks welcome to…

 POOH!

pooh8 APAWS!!   APAWS!!   APAWS!!

Pooh has two woofie brofurs who I have already interviewed…Chancy (click  HERE to read his interview…my very first woofie!) and Baby Boy (click HERE to read his interview)! 

Remember them??  Well, now they and their cat furramily members can be found at “Mag’s Corner” …click HERE to stop by and say ‘hello’.

Savannah: Hiya  Pooh!  This is like so crazy, huh?  Here we are having this meow after I have already interviewed your woofie brofurs Chancy and Baby Boy.  In fact, Chancy was my very first ever Real Rescue Dogs Are Talking Interview…luvluvluv him!

Now I get to have a meow with YOU!  PAWSOME!!

Pooh: Thank you Savannah for interviewing me. I am happy to tell my story and I hope something I say will help other kitties and their families.

Savannah:  Now Pooh, just take your time…and tell us how you came to be living with Chancy, Baby Boy, Mumsy, Popsy, Patches and Snookums!!! That is some furramily you have Pooh.

Pooh: Well, Savannah—almost 11 years ago Mumsy heard that I was being abused and was about to be shot.

Savannah: NOES!!! MOUSES!!! Pooh!!! (Savannah covers mouth with paw in shock).  Oh purrlease forgive me Pooh for interrupting you…that is pawful!!…go on…(Savannah scooches closer to Pooh)

Pooh:  Oh Savvy, not to worry.  It was a very scary time for me.

You see I had lived in a drug house almost my whole 2 years of life. Those people were very mean to me.  They decided they didn’t want me around anymore and a nice person over-heard them saying they were going to shoot me.

That nice person got in touch with Mumsy to see if she would take me in if the nice person could talk those mean people into giving me up.  The nice person was able to get me and I was brought to Mumsy and Popsy’s loving arms and home.

My First Days

My First Days

When I first come to my new forever home there were no woofies.  There were just three kitties—Frisky, Patches and Snookums.  It was a cat haven but I could have cared less then.

Savannah:  I bet you felt safe almost immediately Pooh.

I know you had so many challenges to get past Pooh.  Can you tell us what some of the biggest ones have been?  And maybe meow a little about how Mumsy and Popsy helped you feel safer so you could show your REAL SELF.

Pooh:  Oh, yes I gave Mumsy some huge challenges to get past. When I first came I was so wild and did such crazy things Mumsy told Popsy she was beginning to think I had brain damage. But now she thinks a lot of what I did was caused from being exposed to drugs.

Everyone learned real fast not to turn their back on me because I would jump up in the middle of their back and dig all my sharp claws in as deep as I could.  I would hang there until someone could pull me loose one paw at a time holding each paw until all were removed from the person’s back.

Mumsy was the first to get a good taste of my claws in her back.  She didn’t get mad at me but she knew we had a lot of work to do.

I would also run wildly around the house bumping my head into the walls and furniture.  I really didn’t want anything to do with humans except to dig into their backs, bite and scratch them.  Considering where I came from though, Mumsy understood why I was doing some of the things I did.

There were times I would stand for long periods and stare straight into Mumsy’s eyes like I was daring her to try to get near and I was waiting to dig in my claws deep if she did.

Mumsy would talk to me in a gentle voice and never gave up trying to get closer and closer to me without getting bites or claws in the back. She wanted me to feel safe and alter the bad behaviors before I seriously injured myself or some person.

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Savannah:  Aiieee…those are some tough issues to work through Pooh! You are very brave.  Would you mind telling us some of the different things Mumsy and Popsy did to help you?  You know, stuff maybe that would give other human Guardians some ideas about how they can help their own adult rescue cat show more of his REAL SELF.

Pooh: Mumsy worked with me a lot and helped me get all better but she had help from surprising sources that really got me over the big hump to recovery.

Savannah:  hmmmm…that sounds kind of mysterious Pooh…meow some more about what you mean.

Pooh:  Like you said when you introduced me Savvy, my huMom and huDad live the word “rescue”…they have done that all their lives.

Mumsy and Popsy were foster parents for a lot of years for biped younglings—and Mumsy cared for a lot of drug babies. So as I said before she always spoke to me in a soft voice…like she did with the drug babies.

That was a good thing but some of my recovery came after I made friends with the kitty, Frisky.

That's Me In Front

That’s Me In Front

We bonded and she taught me a lot.  She would give me a bath several times a day and after a while I started to give her baths.  She would cuddle up to me and I learned to like that and would cuddle and nap with her.

After Frisky got me calmed some then Mumsy started working on getting me to relax and not be terrified of humans.  She would sneak and pick me up when I was sleeping with Frisky.  She knew she couldn’t swaddle me with a blanket like she did the drug babies so she tried another thing.  She held me on my back snuggled gently to her chest with her arms swaddling me as best they could.  She would talk to me ever so softly.  Sometimes I would get a claw in her but most of the time she had full control of me as long as I was on my back.

There was not a whole lot of progress made with me liking humans for some time. But some help came through unexpected means which got me on the road to trusting and liking my humans.

Savannah:  Ok Pooh…that’s sounds like another mystery like when you revealed how Mumsy and Popsy have fostered biped drug younglings…so give Pooh…what else unexpected helped you?

Pooh:  Mumsy and Popsy took in a rabbit that was left abandoned in a field not far from our home. Mumsy named him Hoolie.  I would go with Mumsy when she would feed and tend to Hoolie and watch intently.  I began going to his pen and would rub noses with him.

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He had free run of the house in the day time and I learned it was great fun to play with him.  I loved that rabbit and would run with him as he hopped all through the house.  I gave him baths and slept with him sometimes.

After that we took in some rats. Oh, I loved those rats too and would rub noses with them.  Mumsy wouldn’t let them run loose though so I didn’t get to play with them.  I would stand at their cage and rub noses with them several times a day though.

Then would you believe we took in 2 guinea pigs. Those little piggies were so cute. I loved the little one…his name was DK.

I would go with Mumsy when she cleaned his cage, fed and watered him.  He and I would talk—he in piggy talk and me in kitty talk;  we rubbed noses too—he was a funny little guy.

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Mumsy thinks me watching her giving tender loving care to the rabbit, rats and guinea pigs helped me a lot because I began letting her stroke me with one hand as she held me with her other arm.  She slowly began to hold me on my back less confined and one day she saw I was really liking to be held in her arms and stroked while she talked softly to me.

After a while longer she was able to ease me down into her lap and she stroked my back while I lay stretched out falling asleep. I still love for her to do that now it feels so good and really relaxes me.

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Savannah:  Pooh, do you think you are different now from when you first arrived at your furrever home?  What do you know you do now that you wouldn’t or couldn’t do before?

Pooh:  Oh yes, Savannah I am a lot different now. I can now trust most people and love being around Mumsy.  She talks to me and now I talk to her.

I can even say two words that anyone can clearly understand. I can say ‘mama’ and ‘no’.

I will talk to Mumsy for as long as she talks to me and I love to have long conversations.  I still dig my claws in sometimes and keep them out more than I should but we are still working on that.  When I jump up on something I still keep my claws out.  Mumsy thinks I may feel like I am going to fall.  She has taught me to sit in front of her and meow and she picks me up gently and puts me on her lap then I don’t dig in.

She was told those mean people would pick me up and throw me, sometimes throwing me into a wall.  So she well understands why I want to dig my claws into things.  I no longer run into walls and Mumsy is sure happy about that.  She was afraid I was going to injure myself because I hit the wall with great force at times.

I get along well with all the cats and our closest family members.  I have learned to like and trust humans; a great big step.  Mumsy is so proud of me for coming along as well as I have over the last 11 years.

Savannah:  Oh Cat!  Pooh!  You went through so much living in that drug house; you were abused; sometimes hurt and never ever loved.  To think you survived to be two years old is amazing!  And then you got the best ever furrever home!

So Pooh, last question, can you offer any advice to our readers to help them support their adult rescue cat, or one they may be thinkin’ about brining into their home, through its recovery process?

Pooh: Never get upset with your rescue cat, be gentle, talk softly and have tons and tons of patience.  If you have a thought of something to try that may help your cat get better even if you think the idea might be silly give it a try anyway.

Never give up on us; we have been through a lot and deserve to have a safe, loving, forever home and happy life no matter what it takes to get us there.

Savannah: Pooh, This was great!  Any last thought or words of wisdom you want to share?

Pooh: Big hugs and tons of nose kisses from me to all the terrific people who care about us and have and will take in rescue cats.

Remember, Adult Rescue Cats Are Worth It!

Remember, Adult Rescue Cats Are Worth It!

Thank you so very much Pooh for taking time to do this interview with me.  You have an amazing story to share and to help us all learn different ways to help adult rescue cats move beyond their past.

That’s my post for today. Hope you enjoyed meeting precious Pooh…be sure to hop over to her bloggy and say “hello”…Mag’s Corner.

Paw Pats, Savannah

I will re-post three more interviews: December 24, December 31, and January 7, 2015. Please be sure to drop by on each of those dates.

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61 thoughts on “Another Look: Real Rescue Cats Are Talking

  1. Now we’re in shock, Savvy and Pooh. How much cruelty…this breaks my heart, but we’re so glad Mumsy was there for you, so you got a good house with good people and furryfurriends. You so deserve it! Pawkisses 🙂 ❤

  2. kittiesblue on said:

    Pooh, it sounds as if the tender and loving care you received when you finally reached your forever home were just the right combination to give you a wonderful life. Ho, ho, ho, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

  3. I still run through the house and into walls at full speed. When I have zoomies, I get wild.

  4. Wow! That was amazing! Thank you for sharing this interview, Savannah, and for sharing your life, Pooh! Purrs…

  5. Oh, we didn’t know that about Pooh. What a horrible life. So glad Pooh was rescued and has a happy home now.

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  7. This is a lovely interview, Savannah. I’m so glad they helped Pooh to calm down and become a lovely cat.

  8. catfromhell on said:

    Oh! Wow! There is so many of us cats who has had wonderful human pawrents! Me thinks you has come a great long way and both yous and your human pawrents should has great kudos for what yous has done! Me LOVES it when mes gets posts from yous guys and now mes will loves it even more!
    Kisses
    Nellie

  9. orientallily001 on said:

    I LOVE the pose in the “early days” picture. What a great picture! What a great position. Love how she gets so flat. One of my sibs kind of does that sort of thing but not so well.

    Purrs,
    Nissy

  10. mollieandalfie on said:

    Oh that was horrible what poor little Pooh went through ( youz haz a funny name 🙂 ) So pawleased all turned out so well.. Thank you Savvy for coming to Humom’z pawty, it wouldn’t of been the same without you..Hugs and Love xx00xxx

    Mollie and Alfie

    • What's Going on at Mumsy's on said:

      Thanks, for reading my story Mollie and Alfie. My name is actually Pooh Bear but I am called Pooh most of the time. Mumsy has several other names she adds on to Pooh too. lol

  11. Another fab interview, well done you! I love that bonding with other small furies helped Pooh bond with humum!

  12. spittythekitty on said:

    The Human and I think that this story was horrible and wonderful all at the same time. We are so glad Pooh got rescued from those terrible people–we are verreh happy that she ended up in such a wonderful home with people who love her like she deserves. Great interview!

    • What's Going on at Mumsy's on said:

      Sweet Savannah did do an amazing job on the interview didn’t she? We love reading her interviews with all the rescues. Thank you for reading my story. Nose kisses Pooh

  13. Oh Savvy, This was a great interview. Mommy is crying for Pooh, what a terrible life she must’ve had…thank Cod for Mumsy!

    Pooh, we are so proud of you. You have SPUNK.

  14. Wow! I am impressed again. Such a shaking-head kind of story (regarding the drug house part) and a warming-heart story (regarding her getting a real home).
    And Pooh is such a beautiful Ladycat now… I am so glad she found Mumsy and Popsy!
    Lots of purrs

  15. Some humans deserve to be shot. Great innerview, as usual. In fact, I learned a trick or two. I can’t wait to try that jump on the back thing with TW. She’s gonna love it! Pop too! What? I wasn’t supposed to come away from the innerview with those thoughts? Sorry. Glad Pooh is safe now and hope the druggies didn’t get another cat.

    • isn’t that the truth CK…Pooh is great…hard to believe she is like almost I think 12-13! So Leo has to go…now how to find him a home. My former shelter is not very proactive getting kitties homes…IMHFO…hence I was there for a year…and without Mom and Dad…I would have been sent off/traded to another shelter who places barn cats!!! Cuz I was so ‘unsociable” We are now fearful that Leo wont be placed well so we are keeping him, but it is harsh on me…but I am trying…so are we all…sigh

      • What's Going on at Mumsy's on said:

        I agree with you that some humans deserve to be shot. Thank you for reading my story. I don’t recommend the jumping on the back thing and I bet you get lots of loves without doing that.

  16. Good thing you were rescued Pooh!

  17. Such heart warming and moving story! I’m so happy Pooh has wonderful forever home and loving, caring family.

  18. Wow!!!! Just WOW!!! Pooh I had absolutely NO idea what your young life was like. Your story brought me to tears….Savannah once again you have done an amazing interview!!!
    My previous Siamese Mingflower underwent similar treatment when she was a kitten..however I was able to get her @ 5 months of age!! How you survived for 2 years amazes me…what a will to live!!!
    All i can say is I am so glad you were rescued & can live a wonderful life with Mumsy & Popsy & al the other lovely 4 leggeds!!!
    Love to you Pooh & you Savannah & Miss Linda.
    Sherri-Ellen & Nylablue too.

    • What's Going on at Mumsy's on said:

      Sweet Savannah is amazing isn’t she? She has shared so many great interviews to help others. Mumsy told me she is amazed I survived that long too.

      • Miss Pooh Bear you are a miracle kitty & I am so glad you are with Momsy & Popsy & all the critters!!! You ahve landed on your paws & we love you alot!
        Sherri-Ellen & Nylablue too.

  19. Such a terrific interview and Mumsy was just what she needed when she needed it the most. Love and patience is the best medicine.

  20. Katie Isabella on said:

    I read your story Pooh and it breaks my heart that you had to live in such I humane conditions for so long. Thank The Lord your mom and dad found you and took you in and rehabilitated you. You are a happy loved lady cat now and I am so glad of it. Precious little sweet girl. Love you bunches.

  21. Savannah that was a great interview of Pooh. We were aghast at what Pooh had been through, but thank the kitty gods that Mumsy saved Pooh. Oh my that was a fur raising story.

    • What's Going on at Mumsy's on said:

      It is all better for me now and I love my forever home. Mumsy has me quite spoiled. Thank you for reading the interview. Savannah does a wonderful job on all the rescue interviews.

  22. what a pawsome interview savannah. we learn so much about your interview and we’re glad for your humans for continuing their ministry of rescuing animals. head butts to them.

    love,
    Emma and Buster

  23. I loved your interview with Pooh, Savannah! I actually did not know her before… her humans sound awesome too!

    • What's Going on at Mumsy's on said:

      Thank you for reading my interview with Savannah. Thank you for the nice compliments too. We follow your blog. Pooh, Mumsy and Popsy

  24. Savvy, that was a great interview! Mum is in bits here and even I’m a bit leaky eyed! Pooh has come a very long way! love from Austin xx

    • What's Going on at Mumsy's on said:

      Oh, Austin we are sorry your Mum got leaky eyed. We thank you and your Mum though for stopping by and reading Pooh’s story. Savannah is doing great work with her interview blog posts.

  25. da tabbies o trout towne on said:

    savvy…another grate interviews….we had ta say whoa N what de ba jezuz two…pooh, thanx bee ta God that de furst ladee hurd what wuz gonna happen two ewe N thanx a baziilion times ta yur for ever mom & dad for never givin up N offerin ewe a new life free oh all that bad werd stuff…..

    • What's Going on at Mumsy's on said:

      We here at Mumsy’s are thankful too that it all worked out like it did. I am very happy with Mumsy and Popsy the woofies and kitties. Thank you for reading my story.

  26. Arkansas Patti on said:

    What a sad story of abuse that could have ended so badly. Thank goodness the kindest heart around found her and put in the effort to turn Pooh’s awful life into one of pleasure and comfort. Kudos to Mumsy and Popsy and to you for telling the story.

    • What's Going on at Mumsy's on said:

      Thank you for reading the interview, Savannah does a super job with her interviews. Mumsy loves a challenge and I gave her a big one, still do some days but I am so much better now than I was when I came to my forever home.

  27. It made us very sad to read about the abuse poor Pooh had to endure for 2 years at the drug house. We’re so glad she’s now a loved member of the Mumsy and Popsy family. 🙂

    • What's Going on at Mumsy's on said:

      Thank you for reading the interview. Mumsy says I am a very sweet girl and always have been I just didn’t know how to show that I was. I get lots of loves now and I can show my sweetness.

  28. We follow Mumsy and the kitties and woofies blog, we love them !
    Mumsy is a very special lady indeed and we are so happy that she rescued you ,Pooh.
    Love from
    The REAL Maple Syrup Mob
    xxxxx
    Pee Ess, we have never ever seen a guinea pig before!

    • Aren’t they the best ever?! Who knew a whole home devoted to rescue of peeps and furramily members too

      • What's Going on at Mumsy's on said:

        From when she was a little girl Mumsy wanted to grow up and have lots of kiddies and lots of furkids. Her dream was fulfilled by her being a foster and adoptive parent to both human and furry ones. She feels very fortunate to have been able to live her dream although not in the way she expected to. She loved and loves every minute of it still Now that she and Popsy are old now though they only rescue furbabies.

    • What's Going on at Mumsy's on said:

      Thank you, what nice things you have said about Mumsy. She says there is nothing any more special about her though than anyone else who loves rescuing and helping those who need help. Glad you got to see your first guinea pig if it is just a picture of one.

  29. Pooh is so absolutely beautiful. How terrible, to have grown up in a drug house and been abused like that. I’m so glad that Pooh landed up with Mumsy. Couldn’t have found a better place, with someone who had dealt with drug babies. So sad but so glad it has all ended well.

    • What's Going on at Mumsy's on said:

      Thank you! Mumsy tells me I am beautiful and sweet all the time. I love living with them and they love me lots even when I still have one of my wild and weird moments that pop up now and then.

  30. What's Going on at Mumsy's on said:

    Thank you for the interview sweet Savannah. Mumsy and me hope by telling my story it might be of help to others when taking in adult rescues. You do such a wonderful job on all the rescue stories! Hugs and nose kisses

  31. I like Pooh – the talking Kitty! And how exceptional that you like guinea pigs , Pooh. – that’s like a miracle but cute! I’m so glad you found a home at Mumsy and Popsy and the mean people of your first two years are history. Thanks for another great interview – and this time even with a real taking kitty :o)

  32. I love that Pooh is friends with the bunnies and rats…what a turnaround. Great interview Savvy!

    • What's Going on at Mumsy's on said:

      Mumsy has regretted not getting videos of me with my bunny, rat and guinea pig buddies. I love them all and had lots of fun with them.

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