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Autobiography of a Former Shelter Cat

A Former Shelter Cat Learning to Trust


Most of you who have known me since I started my blog in 2012, know that I was afraid of people and other cats even at five years old. I won’t ever know what happened to me before being dropped in the night drop box at the county kill shelter. All I know is that I feared humans and other cats. Fortunately, I was pulled at the last minute by someone who fostered me and then I was admitted to a no kill rescue.

Dad P noticed me right away when he and Mom L started volunteering in December 2011 at Contra Costa Humane Society’s Kitty Corner. And I have been with them since then. My recovery progress from former trauma has been slow but steady. And I am proud to share a little bit of another step forward.

We have just moved to a different home, but I have settled in really easily. Unlike the last time we had to move. Progress.

I always share the couch with Mom L at night and I usually lie at one end and she sits on the other. Just a couple of nights ago I changed around…and moved close enough to her, and facing her, to encourage her to give my head and face a little massage.

ahhh...that's perfect Mom L

ahhh…that’s perfect Mom L

Next thing I knew…I had completely relaxed my whole head and fell asleep with her holding my head.



Of course Mom L saw a ‘photo opportunity’…and when she removed her hand from my head…I never even moved…

Safely snoozing away

Safely snoozing away

Mom L just could not help herself. The next day was gonna be my time to join Sunday Selfies Blog Hop over at my pals from The Cat On My Head. And, I had not yet taken my ‘selfie’ for the blog post. Normally, what Mom L did next would have driven me immediately from the couch out of fear of being hurt or scared…but instead I hung in and let her take several ‘selfie’ photos of me with our iPhone.

It's OK Mom L, click away...I trust you

It’s OK Mom L, click away…I trust you

And that is my small but important recovery progress I want to share with you, my caring readers. I just went back to sleep.

Trust…a wonderful feeling.


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27 thoughts on “A Former Shelter Cat Learning to Trust

  1. Marty the Manx on said:

    Oh Savvy, Mom L had to be over the moon!!!! It is so wonderful when you have these big trust moments!
    lots of luvs

  2. Trust can be hard, I think. Peeps have been going through something with Connie, this week. She was having a hard time trusting. I overheard Peep #1 telling the second peep that it was Connie’s feral background coming through.


  3. meowmeowmans on said:

    Oh, Savvy, this makes us SO happy! Trust and love are beautiful things, sweet one. 🙂

  4. Aw, Savvy…that is SO great!

  5. Oh Savvy, our eyes teared up at this victory of yours to conquer the fear of humans. The story melted our hearts and we hope that this would be the proverbial hair that broke the camel’s back.

    Emma and Buster

  6. So proud of you sweet Savvy *blows kisses*
    Heathcliff xxxxx

  7. Two French Bulldogs on said:

    That was very nice to share your spot with mom
    Lily & Edward

  8. kittiesblue on said:

    Savvy, this is all the most wonderful progress and news. We are proud and happy for you. And we know Mom L and Dad P are rejoicing. Keep up the good work. XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

  9. The Swiss Cats on said:

    Savvy, it’s just wonderful ! Purrs

  10. Well done Savannah!!! Nylablue would be so proud of you for this amazing progress!!!
    I am so happy for you & Mom L.
    Your selfie is beautiful just like you!
    ***strokes*** an *kisses* Sherri-Ellen & Siddhartha Henry 🙂 🙂

  11. You are doing so well Savvy. I am glad that you are learning trust, and that not all humans are bad.

  12. yep trust is a wonderful thing,well done sweetie,xx Speedy

  13. Such encouraging news. I love head scriches but still don’t completely trust TW. I’m always at the head of her bed at night but won’t let her lay her arm or hand anywhere near or touching me. I think you’re recovery is going better than mine.

  14. catfromhell on said:

    Savvy! Way yo go Grrl Furrend!!! Actually yous is much speedier than mes.

  15. Wonderful, Savannah! A most lovely development.
    Have a great time,

  16. We are SO proud of you Savvy!!!

  17. Oh Savvy how wonderful! There is no such thing as a “small step” with recovery dear girl – each time you trust more, it’s a HUGE step……and it feels mighty nice to be that close to a human you love and who obviously loves you too doesn’t it?

    Love, Sammy

  18. You’re such a brave, strong girl, S. That does look like a comfy spot. So happy you got to take advantage of it!

    Love and licks,

  19. that’s awonderful story of love, trust and patience… isn’t that great? I had some tears in my eyes as I saw you so close with your mom. I’m glad the scars on your start to heal and you learn that we have super good humans in this world too. Like your mom L and your dad P. That’s a great progress for that russian blue Princess :o)

  20. Well these are big tiger steps Savvy…like a tiger you are cautious..aware of your environment…awake to any threats..this is good has kept you safe…and now like a tiger you are easing into your world as it becomes more in tune with YOU! See the thing is Mom L and Dad P are so aware also of your ways that maybe now they are easing..and this you pick up on…so together you will soon meet in the middle..and this place in the middle is truly worth all the work…loves Miss Bev xxxx

  21. Savvy, it’s the small things like this that show real breakthroughs! Good for you!

  22. OH Savvy! I’m so proud of you, so happy for you! Maybe next year at this time we’ll find you ON her lap! (Maybe before then??) You’re doing great sweetheart! Keep it up!

  23. Sat here shaking my head in amazement and pride at my friend and her progress! Time, patience, and love! Works and works again!!

    Silver Kitten

  24. Trust IS a wonderful thing! For the one who trusts – and for the one who is trusted, too.

  25. Savvy it´s so nice to see that you trust your Mom L ❤
    Your selfie came out purrfect !!


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