Savannah's Paw Tracks

Autobiography of a Former Shelter Cat

Friday Memes and Friday Smiles


Hope all my USA pals had a safe and stress free July 4th Independence Day. As for me, TKS and KK—not so much. Our city hasn’t caught onto the fact that you can have splashed of color in the sky WITHOUT the noise!!! And our city’s fireworks are so close to my castle that we feel like those shells are aimed at us!

Check out the great graphic Mom L created for my our Project Delta View Cats Facebook page. Tells the truth about all that noise, don’t ya think?

Alrighty then, here are your Friday Smile generators!

And one more from me.

Yup! I bet’cha lots of you can relate to my protest at having those blinds opened way too early!! AAAIIEEEEE!!!

So how was you July 4th if you are in the USA?? And if you are not in the USA, what’s going on with you???


A Happy Tails Ending for Foster/Rescue Penelope!!


Remember the little news I gave you about an abandoned kitty we named Penelope and we helped in our neighborhood about three or four weeks ago?

Penelope was not spayed, was pregnant with three kittens and appeared to have been declawed. She also displayed very aggressive behavior toward Mom L where she lived in a large cage in her office. Both Mom L and Dad P received several bites that went deep enough to draw blood.

If you work with any feline shelter, rescue, public shelter then you know that “biting” that draws blood will end a cat in quarantine and likely euthanasia. And given that we thought Penelope was declawed we knew we ought not to return her to the outdoors where she had been abandoned.

What to do?? Kit Katie still needs a great deal of attention to help her get beyond being so hand shy. Mom L and Dad P could not foster Penelope long term and could not take her to our county animal services. Fortunately we have a very experienced Director at our animal services and we sought her, and other’s, advice and counsel including the shelter  Chief Veterinarian.

Long story short, we determined Penelope deserved an opportunity to live her life within her own abilities and we asked the neighbor who found her if she would allow us to return Penelope to her as an outdoor cat. Miss Debbie agreed quickly.

About this time, we learned that Penelope HAS CLAWS!! All this time, even though she was biting, she never ever used her claws. Mom L observed her using a cardboard scratcher and heard little claws “rip, rip, rip”! Penelope’s claws had been trimmed back past the quick, almost to the sheath!!! How painful!!! No wonder she was biting!!

Mom L and Dad P set Penelope up in a large cage on Miss Debbie’s front porch. We thought she would spend several days here being fed and getting to know the sound and smells so we could release her.

Well Miss Debbie and Penelope had a whole other set of thoughts in mind!! MOL!!!

Miss Debbie found she could open the cage, clean the litter box, give Penelope her wet food and Penelope never moved from her side. Penelope ate outside the cage and gladly returned to it once it was cleaned.

Standing outside the cage

Miss Debbie spent lots of time sitting next to Penelope’s cage and talking with her. And then she decided it was time for Penelope to come inside and meet their resident cat, Frankie and learn whether or not Penelope could be her inside lap cat.

What a change!!! Yes, Penelope is aggressive toward Frankie. Yes, Penelope still tries to bite. Yes Penelope loves a lap. Yes, Penelope has found a patient, loving human, Miss Debbie, who is working with her to bring her inside forever.

You can see that Penelope enjoys being inside. She also enjoys a nice lap and gives paw hugs to show her appreciation for a kind, patient human.

Dad P and Mom L took down the outdoor cage today, and Penelope is living in Miss Debbie’s office for now. They will keep on working to hopefully make Penelope trust that she is safe once again. But, even if she cannot adjust to being inside and cease her aggressive behaviors, she has found her forever home!

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Welcome home Penelope!!


Friday Memes for Friday Smiles


I’m back with some ticklers to get you into your Friday smiles.

Let me ask you if you are a “greeter at the door” when neighbors drop over to visit. Or, are you a ” who invited you” greeter?

Guess you can tell what kind of “welcome party” I am, na’mean??

And TKS has a revelation for those of you who hear things in the night. She says there is always a fall back position to easy your fears.

TKS uses this all the time!! Do you??

This last one is from our former foster rescue, abandoned sweet Miss Penelope. Yes, she is still biting, but…she is trying to become an indoor kitty at our neighbor’s home. She just needs lots of special attention and if nothing else, we know they will care for her forever.

Hope you enjoyed my selection for your this week.


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