Adult Homeless Foster Cats’ Personal Insights
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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.
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.