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Autobiography of a Former Shelter Cat

Adult Homeless Foster Cats’ Personal Insights


Most of my readers know that I have been running a series of posts featuring Adult Homeless Foster Cats. I have interviewed seven of these wonderful, adoptable cats and hope that their revelation of their hopes and dreams of what their forever home looks like has inspired some of you to promote them like crazy. Or, if not the seven I featured, I sincerely hope it has prompted my readers to begin to seriously promote this community of cats that if not placed, become forever in foster…they are in sanctuary but have not real home to call their own.

Adult Homeless Foster Cats

For myself, I gained incredible insights into these very special Adult Homeless Foster Cats. Their hopes and dreams were just the same as mine when I was living in, thankfully, a no kill shelter. Of course, that was ‘after’ I was schedule for ‘euthanasia’ and before my ‘foster’ pulled me. I was An Adult Homeless Shelter Cat for over a year. Surely, if we all work really hard, we can help the often forgotten Adults, living in foster homes, find their real permanent families.

Let me share what this amazing population of Adult Homeless Foster Cats revealed to me…

1   Adult cats have memories; we have experienced abandonment, rejection, and much more from humans; please be patient with us.

2. When presented at public adoption sites; i.e. pet supply stores, adoption events, etc.…we often become reticent and anxious with all the unfamiliar smells and sounds. Our REAL SELF cannot be revealed. Meet us in a quiet place to learn our true character.

3. We get scared if you don’t give us time to become acquainted with you and the new smells of your home. Adopters often fail to follow the explicit instruction of our foster human; i.e. “keep the cat in one room, visit, play, talk with the cat, etc. for at least a week if no other cats in the home and for 2-4 weeks if it is a home with one or more cats”…

4. Kittens have to be trained to the litter box and miss once in a while and yet this is acceptable to humans. However, we adult adopted cats are returned far more often because we may, in the initial orientation period, have a little accident or two. We don’t mean to, but we are nervous and need your support.

5. Adopters assume that we are no longer playful, especially if we are seniors, aged 8 and above. And yet, we adult cats in the senior age group often have never been played with and crave being able to exercise our hunting and playful energies.

6. We adult cats have a personality. In time, with encouragement, we will carefully give our forever family glimpses into our REAL SELF. Adopters of Adult Homeless Foster Cats often remark at the pleasure of having ‘won’ our affection and trust.

7. Humans fail to realize the incredible pleasure that they can realize when they allow us to demonstrate our preferences to enable a loving, mutually caring and affectionate relationship to evolve.

I found a quote that I believe appropriately sums up what I have learned from the Adult Homeless Foster Cats I interviewed. Let me know what you think in comments please.

And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye. People have forgotten this truth,” the fox said. “But you mustn’t forget it. You become responsible forever for what you’ve tamed…” Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

And that is what  Adult Homeless Foster Cats want their forever homes to understand about them. They have so much to give, with time and patience and caring,  you will become forever theirs.


If you care to catch up on this series…click here, here, here, here, here, here, here

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24 thoughts on “Adult Homeless Foster Cats’ Personal Insights

  1. Pingback: Never Let This Happen Again #remembermethursday | Savannah's Paw Tracks

  2. Mee-you what a luvvin an thottfull bloggie post Savannah….
    LadyMum sayss shee should have keeped mee inn one room butt thee palce iss not THAT big so shee let mee roam around. It tooked a while to get use to no slobberin jade doggie or havin Brofur Tyerrone to smack an beet up, mew mew mew…..
    Littul bye littul mee was abull to xplain meeself to LadyMum an shee was bull to get mee meddycall help an to understand mee inn general. Shee had to leern Burmese an it iss NOT like Birman or Siamese, mew mew mew…
    At leest shee letss mee watch “Downton Abbey”…shee got that thee ferst eppysode wee watched together! 😉
    ***nose bumpsss*** Dhartha Henry xXx

  3. What a beautiful message and a dito quote, Savvy. Granny dreams about having an home for elderly cats. She always says that they deserve it too 🙂 Extra Pawkisses my furriend 🙂 ❤

  4. kittiesblue on said:

    Apaws, apaws, apaws, Savvy. This has been a great series and this final wrap-up post is filled with such great advice. We’ll be purring and praying that more senior homeless cats will find the loving homes they deserve. XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

  5. Marty the Manx on said:

    Such a beautiful post Savvy! That is one of our Mom’s favorite quotes!

  6. pilch92 on said:

    Excellent post. Almost every cat we have was adopted as an adult.

  7. Appaws! Appaws! Encore! I was just a kit of maybe 7 months when I came to live with the peeps. I had already been through two shelters and rescued from a kill one and who knows what kind of abuse. I had major separation issues. Bravo on a great series and good luck to all your new furrends.

    • thank you so very much my BFGF. I dug deep to write this from what those Adult Homeless Foster Cats shared with me. I know in my experience that potential fosters are hesitant, reluctant and even unwilling to take to foster adults…they could be with them for years even for life. It is a backlog of highly adoptable cats that humans just pass over. So very very disturbing on many levels

  8. Two French Bulldogs on said:

    So precious.
    Hope every buddy gets a forever home
    Lily & Edward

  9. This is a lovely post Savvy. I hope your posts for the adult foster cats help them get their homes.

  10. mistletoeandhitch on said:

    Ms. Linda our HuMom adopted me when I was over a year old over the last 12 years has watched me go from under the bed to owning the entire house and giving the youngsters a smack when they get out of line. At first the males humans thought she was making me up but now I make sure they know I’m here and if my HuMom isn’t home, that I need food, treats or my letterbox seen to. Maybe some humans wouldn’t enjoy watching a kitty bloom over a10 year period but they don’t stop and think about how long it would take a human to heal after a similair events….if they ever could. Anyway, thanks so much for taking what we know was a heartbreaking journey. If anyone’s racking up karma points, it has to be you!

  11. S & S…..a grate post two day…high paws & headbonx two ewe for postin thiz & all yur rescue cat tailz….sauce ♥♥♥ waz adopted az an adult N de food serviss gurl sayz therz never been a nicer kitteh….troo lee…. { uz tabbies R knot gel uz…coz we noe what her meenz……. }



  12. Savannah, your post is eloquent, moving and hits the nail on the head for every point. We will keep all of these in mind for our senior adopted kitty Dusty as we believe that many of these points apply to him as an older cat too. Yes, his personality IS coming out bit by bit – with patience and care.

  13. OMC, yes, yes, oh yes, yep, yes, yeppers, yes, and definitely YES! Thank you for sharing this!

  14. Paws up for a great series, Savvy, and bringing to the forefront the plight of the adult cat in foster care. We purr that humans will not pass by these true beauties.

  15. You are SO RIGHT, Savvy. Adult foster cats deserve homes as much as any other kitties do but are sadly, so often forgotten. We adult kitties have incredible personalities! And we have hopes and dreams. We need love as much as kittens. We deserve to be loved, too. purrs

  16. There are so many adult foster cats waiting for families to adopt them, and we hope your series has helped people realize that there are kitties out there waiting for a home just like theirs.

  17. I agree, to pe patient is very important. Cats can wear scars on their soul like humans too… and it needs a while till this scars of the past will heal…

  18. What a sweet post today Savvy…..the quote is SO “right” too. We are what we are and our life experience makes us that way – humans are like that too but they forget. It takes time to trust, love, understand, learn……and adult cats can do ALL of that once they know they can COUNT on their human. Thanks for this eye-opening series – we hope more people will consider adopting an adult cat – we bring SO MUCH to the lives of those who promise us a home.

    Love, Sammy

  19. I came here when I was still under a year old, but I was a rescue from a shelter and I remember what it was like to this day! Wonderful post! xx

  20. Except for Tuiren we all came to live with our family as youngsters. Mommy said she saw Tuiren’s personality blossom once she realized she had a real home and a loving family.

  21. That quote from The Little Prince is one of my human’s favorites! Yes, I hope your series has raised awareness about foster cats needing homes, but even more, I hope these specific cats find homes, now that I’ve become familiar with them!

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