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Autobiography of a Former Shelter Cat

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And The Happy Tail Endings Keep Coming


Sure hope you aren’t gettin’ bored with all my Happy Tail Endings lately. And if you are then you might not wanna come back to visit me for a while ‘cuz I have a bunch more coming along!

Mom L has been working with the primary feeder of a long standing cat colony very close to our new home. When she first met the feeder, Miss Tina, they both talked about a new member of the colony who was clearly not yet “fixed”.

Now you might wonder just “how” does a human determine whether or not a cat is “fixed”. What I am about to show you is X Rated, yet necessary to demonstrate how Mom L knew she had to get this cat “fixed” fast!

Sorry to be so graphic, BUT, in a community cat colony it is not easy to tell if a new member is spayed or neutered. Thankfully this cat was obviously NOT neutered! The lady cats require a more thorough “investigation” and often they do not tolerate this intrusion. Fortunately Marmalade, as a short furr male cat made it obvious.

He was so friendly and loved receiving pets and head rubs. So Mom L just tossed some kibble into a cat carrier and he walked right in!!. Off he went to our wonderful caring Contra Costa Animal Services shelter.

Mom L wanted him to have a name so she called him Marmalade. She saw that he had a swollen eye and just knew he must have a wound or perhaps a Cat Cold. Good thing she took him right away to the shelter. You see, Marmalade had a condition called “Entropion“. His eyelashes were growing inward and were constantly rubbing on his eye ball. OUCH!!

Thankfully, Marmalade found immediate care at the shelter. They neutered him, and also repaired his eye lash growth. Now Marmalade was not a happy camped because he had to have the cone on, but when Mom L visited him, all he wanted was a good chin scritch!

Here you can see Marmalade in his three to four month time at this cat colony.

Such a handsome mancat, don’t you think?

He was a gently member, never ever shoving any other cat away from the food bowls. You can see him circled in red.

Now for the Happy Tail Ending. Marmalade had his stitches removed and his cone removed—and within twenty-four hours he found his forever family. A couple wanted an adult cat, who was loving and who wanted affection. When the adoption counselor opened the cage where Marmalade was being kept due to his medical treatment—well…Marmalade just about LEPT into their waiting arms!!

And there you have it! Another Happy Tail Ending proving yet again that cats deserve adoption, even if they have lived in a cat colony!!




Pumpkin the Abandoned Adult Cat—A Happy Tails Ending


Do you remember my Paw It Forward Project to help get Pumpkin, an abandoned adult cat, away from living on a street corner?

Mom L did an “owner surrender” of Pumpkin to our wonderful Contra Costa Animal Services shelter. There were no fees and if he did not adjust to living in the shelter Mom L could pull him back and return him to the home on his street corner. Apparently from what Mom L learned from his feeder Miss Kandi, he has been living on the street corner for over fifteen months after being abandoned by tenants in the apartments on that corner. Miss Kandi was more the willing to continue to feed and care for Pumpkin if he found the animal shelter too much to bear.

Here is where he lived for all those months, in summer heat and last winter’s heavy rains.

This is the other side of “Pumpkin’s Corner”.

He lived under the plants and on the redwood bark chips

All those bark chips made it so hard for Pumpkin to keep his lovely white socks clean. He ate behind an electrical box and watched longingly as the world passed him by on his corner.

Well times changed for Pumpkin as soon as he arrived at the shelter.

Hmmm…this might not be too bad

They shaved off lots of his fur mattes and he found he could groom himself better without living in that redwood bark chip. And he also realized he liked being held.

Yup!! I am gonna really like this a ton!!!

Pumpkin was immediately placed in the shelter free roaming Kitty Korner where he had not problem with the other cats. That led the San Francisco SPCA to pull him within less than a week!! The SF SPCA has large free roaming cat rooms and they knew Pumpkin was going to fit right in.

Mom L doesn’t know “where” Pumpkin’s forever home is. BUT—Mom L never even saw him go up on their website! Rumor has it that it is likely that someone who works at the SF SPCA saw Pumpkin and adopted him for their very own!!

I like to think that Pumpkin is living in some snazzy San Francisco penthouse and dining on caviar served to him in Waterford crystal!!

Now don’t ya think this deserves to be titled a “Happy Tails Ending”??? Let me know what you think in comments!!



PeeEss—I promise to tell you all about Andi’s Happy Tails Ending next Monday

Foster Kittens Update: Going, going, GONE!!!


I am totally sure you all remember those three pesky cute foster kittens we had, right?

Well I have spent a ton of time asking Ceiling Cat to please help those kittens break outta my former shelter Kitty Corner. Now you know I think Kitty Corner is the best place for any cat to be if it’s lookin’ for a forever family. Heck, I may have waited a whole year, but look what a great family I found! Nonetheless, a shelter is a shelter and not a true home, right?

I cannot keep you in suspense. Chloe and Rocky went to a home together. As soon as the man and woman entered their room at Kitty Corner, Rocky and Chloe moved in on them! They loved their ankles, asked to be pet and in general—made the humans into a bowl of mush! They so wrapped them around their little paws those humans never had a chance!!

Interestingly, Jessie stayed in his cubbie and outta sight. What’s up with that?? Right? More on this later.

So off go Chloe and Rocky together to their delightful forever home.



And now for the Happy Tail Ending for precious Jessie. On the very same day, after Jessie rejected first the man and woman who adopted Chloe and Rocky, and then he rejected the next couple, an man and woman with their twenty + year old son—Jessie would not respond at all when the two men tried so very hard to make friends with Jessie. He did love on the woman’s ankles and allow her to give him some pets. But clearly, he wasn’t taken to the two men. So this family moved on to adopt another cat. Mom L and Dad P worried that Jessie was left alone.

BUT—a very nice young woman came in just an hour or so later, and Jessie was ALL OVER HER!!! Jessie finally picked out his forever human!!

Same day, within three hours—all three of our foster kittens were off to their forever homes! How much better does that get??


Our three now “former” fosters all together.

Thank you all for caring about our three kitties.




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