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Autobiography of a Former Shelter Cat

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Do you know what the future will bring?

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I never ever thought my future would hold more than me, Mom and Dad. And then, because I bonded so closely with Mom L, Dad P really missed having a cat that was close to him. This is me when I was dropped at the night drop box at our county animal shelter in 2010.

My Intake Photo: Kill Shelter

ENTER—TKS aka The Kid Sage aka Sage. I had a really tough time accepting Sage. But Mom L and Dad P’s patience got me through that adjustment. Sage came along about twenty months after I made myself comfy in my new forever castle.

Contemplating Zen

Sage and I have become good furriends. I know she always wanted to snuggle, but my previous traumas before coming to my forever castle made me a very hesitant to trust kitty. Na’mean??

And then, as Mom L and Dad P became involved in community cat rescue in 2017, they happened upon a desperate five month old kitten who was traumatized in a hoarder’s home.

ENTER—Katie aka KK aka Kit Katie. Katie came to my castle in the summer of 2018, she was adopted twice and returned both times because she was “too shy”.

Mom L and Dad P said forget that crap!! This kitteh is ours!! And Katie has become such a treasure in my forever castle!

Our concern has been that sweet Katie is only three years old, and she is starting to sleep more than she used to play. I am now—ahem!—a sixteen year old lady cat and TKS is a nine year old gal. Neither of us has the energy to keep Katie playing  and I have to admit, I am also now deaf so’s I can’t even hear her calling to me to play.

ENTER—you decide if this entry may be in my future. I am yet not convinced, but there are possibilities. This was taken in my our master bedroom during afternoon siesta time. Notice any introoders?

PAW PATS, SAVANNAH

When belly rubs are safe

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Sometimes we kittehs just don’t like to have out bellies touched and other times, we just totally luvluvluv it! Katie used to let Mom L and Dad P give her lots and lots of belly rubs when she was first with us. You remember we rescued her from a terrible hoarding situation when she was only about five months old. By the time she was about nine months old she was really getting the hang of making her tummy available for belly rubs.

Sadly, Katie stopped letting Mom L give her those belly rubs a couple of years ago. No reason, she just stopped once she left the confines of Mom L’s office where she lived for a couple of months to get further socialized after we adopted her. Sweet girl, no one wanted her ‘cuz she was so shy. She was adopted twice and returned both times. That’s when Mom L and Dad P said “she isn’t going anywhere else again. She is ours.”

So you can imagine how excited Mom L was yesterday when Katie let her give her lots of belly rubs for like five minutes!!

Katie let her rub her up and down her whole underside and she even posed for some photos and never rolled over and ran away like she has been doing.

Can you tell that Katie hasn’t grown much bigger than she was in 2018? She is still a little kitty compared to me at ten pounds and TKS at twelve pounds. KK is a petite seven pounds.

Hope you enjoyed seeing Katie let Mom L give her belly rubs.

PAW PATS, SAVANNAH

Part Two: Gigi’s Journey—Socialization and playing

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If you missed my Part One of Gigi’s Journey, be sure to visit my last post about her to truly understand just how far this kitty girl has come. And always remember, she is doing this at about AGE EIGHT YEARS OLD!!!

As you know from Part One, cutie pie Gigi wanted human pets from the very beginning. However, Mom L and Dad P did acquire a whole bunch of “paw whack” punctures over her three months in my castle as she became more and more accepting of being inside. The camera loves taking her photos!! We used some “kitty yogurt” treats early on to entice her to come close to the human’s hands.

Unfortunately, we learned that these treats, like four tubes a day, gave her the worst gas and diarrhea!! MOL!! So those treats were sent away. But by then, Gigi was already learning that her biggest treat of all was to have tons of PLAY TIME!!

She first played while caged, then she showed how much she LOVES my peacock feathers. And then, she learned to RUN after the wand toys!!  Thanks to my BFGF Cathy Keisha, I learned that absolutely no kitty, feral, semi-feral or what—will refuse that peacock feather!!!

Gigi so loved her cardboard lounge. She used it for scratching and for allowing human pets. She slept in it. It was her safety zone. Trust me, I made sure Mom L sent that with her when she moved to her forever home!

Next we needed to learn if Gigi was open to being with other cats. As you know, she was very comfy with Katie, another girl.

Sharing girl secrets!

but how would she do with a male adult cat??? We brought in an adult male kitty that is searching for his furrever home as a check point to learn if Gigi was gonna be OK with an adult male and to learn if the male kitty was OK with an adult female. All part of socializing abandoned adult kitties.

Big Boy let her sniff and then turned his back!! MOL

This Big Boy chatted a bit with Gigi then he just turned his back and took a nap!! And Gigi went back to her favorite place in the cat tower in front of the window.

By now, Gigi is ready to make her transition to her furrever home with Spitty’s human, Miss Mary. Mom L took some last minute photos to capture Gigi’s wonderful long white whiskers.

And you know all the rest because Gigi started her very own blog!!

So what have you guys all been up to lately??

PAW PATS, SAVANNAH

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