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Why did you return us? Update Katie and Lilly


Getting right to the point—Katie and Lilly were returned to Contra Costa Humane Society on Wednesday, February 20. They were adopted by a young family that just knew these two bonded young cats were purrfect for their family. They were adopted on January 11. This family had the girls for five weeks.

First up, let’s get past the blame. Let’s all look at how we manage the adoption counseling process for kittens. adult cats who have been fostered by loving care givers. This family thought they could manage having the older girl being shy and they would win her over. They could teach their very young children how to play carefully with the younger girl. None of that proved doable. No one is to “blame”.

But, how do we help kittens and adult cats who have suffered trauma at the hands of humans get adopted by truly willing and caring guardians who are committed to the cats they adopt for the long term? Give me your thoughts in comments please! We need to get better at selecting adoptive families!!

Truth be told, Mom L and Dad P and I have no idea. Everyone tried to do their best. But in the long and short term, when humans fail to be caring, patient guardians, the cats they adopt—no matter their age—are the collateral damage.

Long story short, Mom L and Dad P had to make the painful decision to separate Katie and Lilly. Lilly is still very outgoing, although she does now have issues with “stress biting” after having been played with by the children with their hands—nonetheless she is highly adoptable. Katie remains, with any other humans than Mom L and Dad P, shy and fearful.

Lilly remains at Contra Costa Humane Society’s Kitty Corner, where she will likely be adopted quickly. PAWS CROSSED.

Lilly is no longer the skinny lanky youngster she was six weeks ago. She is still her same feisty self!

But seriously, how can Mom L and Dad P be the ONLY humans that sweet, lovable Katie can feel comfy with??

Yep, that is just the right touch

It doesn’t take rocket science to learn how to give a very scared and shy kitty some space to become comfortable with human touch.

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If any of my remaining readers have any suggestions about how we can best promote Katie’s adopt-ability, and show off her true loving self, please leave a comment or message Mom L.

We cannot, and I mean CANNOT, give Katie her long desired permanent home. She deserves humans who are younger who will not likely leave her before she is herself a “senior” gal. Yep, I said that honestly and Mom L and Dad P gave me permission to say so. Mom L and Dad P are in their seventies and Katie will likely outlive them.

Katie is playful, energetic, even with her permanent limp on her right front leg; likely from a birth defect or lack of care from being born in a hoarder’s household.

Katie had only been back with Mom L and Dad P for about six hours and she was already giving them her tummy for full on tummy rubs. How hard is that???

I will be creating a badge for Katie’s Adoption Campaign and I hope my readers will display it on their blogs, Face Book pages and Tweets. Please help us give Katie her chance for a loving, permanent home.


The Story: Sunday Selfie Mystery Guest


I have always wanted to say this even though there probably aren’t any more news presses that work these days—

I am certain you all remember my blog post about the mom cat and her kitten who are our first successful cat trap effort. Well, mom cat aka Mandi and her kitten aka Boogie, have been living for a week in my our office, in those luxurious cages I shared last week.

Boogie clearly showed signs of being open to human touch and interaction.

So we are already set up for her to move to Kitty Corner once Mom L and Dad P have her more socialized. Right now they are teaching her how to play with humans. More on that next week, so stay tuned.

It broke Dad P and Mom L’s hearts, but we had to release Mandi back to her home at the lodge where she was trapped. After a week, she still had little interest in human interaction. But, there is still hope for Mandi. Her feeder, Miss Kandi, is working with her to try to get her to allow pets. At least Mandi won’t ever have more kittens to care for as she is about five years old. She needs to enjoy her life without kittens to care for.

Mandi was very much ready to go home too.

She clearly knew exactly where she was once she was released. Please watch this eleven second video. You can see that Mandi knew she was home the way she darts behind that wooden pallet, her refuge for over a year or more.

Miss Kandi continues to feed Mandi and we hope their bond will continue to grow so that we may once again offer Mandi the opportunity of being adopted into a caring home.

The same day that Mom L and Miss Kandi released mom cat Mandi, I also had Mom L taking care of another adult abandoned cat on the opposite street corner. Miss Kandi has named him Pumpkin! And that fits for sure!!!

Pumpkin is fortunate that my former cat, Vet Dr. Josie, was willing to travel to Pumpkin’s Corner and administer his rabies, FVRCP and flea treatment— right on the street corner he calls home! And that is how Dr. Josie rolls—anything for the kitties!!

Pumpkin needed those vaccinations to be able to allow Mom L to take him to our public animal shelter where he well go on temporary “Owner Surrender” status to learn if he can tolerate being in the shelter while he waits for an adopter. Mom L can spring him loose in three days if he doesn’t adjust well. Pumpkin is so friendly, loves pets, purrs, can be picked up—he just needs a chance at a new home. You see, his former “family” abandoned him on that street corner when they moved from the apartment complex. He is likely a senior cat.

So there was one more Paw It Forward Project over the weekend. Miss Kandi had a new male kitty to join her little 6 pack over where she works. His name is Sweet Pea and he was not neutered. So Mom L and Dad P got him into the new cat clinic for Community Concern 4 Cats just this morning.

I really want to hear from any readers about what you think of my latest Paw It Forward Projects. I had Dad P and Mom L working on not one, not two, not three but FOUR projects this last ten day. How do you think we are doing so far???



Super Cat


Now you are gonna want to know just “who” is this Super Cat, right? Well guess! Come on, take a wild guess—and tell me if this Super Cat has a cape that can fly!

Ok, ok…here’s a hint. I’ll show you a part of Super Cat’s body as he/she rests under the flying cape.

Who is Super Cat? Under the cape of invisibility

WHAT???? You say not enough of that body part to even lodge a guess as to who is Super Cat? Alright, one more photo of more of that body part.

Can you see the tell tail stripes? (*hint* Tabby Cat Club Member)

Harruummmppfff! Super Cat cannot just hang out under the invisibility cape and wait for readers to determine the true identity of that feline body part.

SWOOOOSH! And off Super Cat flies!!! Wearing the invisibility cape which helps Super Cat fly!

Super Cat flies with the invisibility cape to lift paws off the ground!

Sadly, Super Cat must quickly shirk off the invisibility flying cape.

Get off my tail you cape!!

And yes, you are right. Super Cat is indeed TKS. As you can tell by all her body markings and her tail…TKS is the mysterious Super Cat.

Ceiling Cat knows I would never ever go running around with some stoopid piece of tissue paper over me and think it was a flying invisibility cape, right? Come’on guys! You all know me too well. Remember, I am the adult shelter rescue cat who “doesn’t play”!

Now I confess—I do luvluvluv to fly around Mom L’s and my office wearing whatever Super Cat Tissue cape is available. Just one more sign of my continuing progress.

I, Savannah the Cat, am continuing to gain confidence, self respect and enjoy being loved.


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