I’m not talking about our November skies. Although in my part of the country, skies are nearly always gray in November. I wrote a post called Gray Day back in June. My intention was to highlight our Gray Girls at the time. Four of those girls had been here too long, and I wanted to generate some interest in adoptions. (Those four are still here.) I’m going to highlight our Gray Girls again today. I have reasons.
Let me start with a story that I predict is going to have a very happy ending. I have been in contact with someone who found us through Petfinder. YAY!! (Please note that I now have a link to our Petfinder page at the top of my sidebar.) Anyway, this person and I have been in contact several times via email. The story is much more detailed than just this, but since nothing concrete has been decided, I simply cannot report on this possibility quite yet. I will share the good news as soon as I can. However, because I don’t want to ruin the story by telling half of it now (before I am sure of things), I’m going to have to explain my today’s post without giving you the full details.
When this person first wrote to me, she began to ask me questions about some of the kitties on our Petfinder site. We discussed Mitts and Glitter. It was beginning to look like she might be interested in adopting one of these two Gray Girls. Then when I did the post about really, really, really needing homes for Tulip and Cashmere, this person started toying with the idea of adopting Cashmere. As of this past weekend, however, that possibility is no more. There is actually a VERY good reason for this. And that’s the part I believe will ultimately give us all a happy ending. But not for today’s story.
If any one of the three - Mitts, Glitter, or Cashmere - had been chosen, my relief would have been palpable. I worry so much about the four sisters from the polydactl group. These three, along with their very timid sister Spritz have been here the longest of all of the kitties in the cathouse. Well, except for the Cathouse Matriarchs - Circe and Tibby Bean. As I’ve explained before, those two are unadoptable and I’m completely OK with it. They are two of the most content cats I’ve ever seen. As long as nobody tries to approach them. Circe and Tibbs are as happy as they can be.
Circe and Tibby Bean
The Sisters Gray, however, are not as happy as they can be. So here I go again, trying to convince somebody out there that they can provide the perfect home for one (or a couple) of these gals. All four sisters have nonaggressive, sweet personalities. Mitts and Glitter are more outgoing, but even so, they don’t push to the front of the crowd of youngsters that we currently have at the cathouse. Those half-grown kittens race to the door and do not stop clamoring for attention the whole time a human is on board. Mitts and Glitter long for attention. We always make it a point to go to them, and sometimes, after the youngsters have stopped panicking, they will come over for a nuzzle. Either of these two WONDERFUL cats would make a WONDERFUL addition to someone’s family.
Then there’s sister Cashmere. I recently put out a cry for help (even put it on the CB) in a post called Winnie’s Wish - Special Request. Cashmere is a slightly more timid cat than Mitts and Glitter, but still very loving and will definitely adjust in a home if given some time. I have always wished that Cashmere might be adopted with one of her two more outgoing sisters. But at this time, I would be happy for a home for Cashmere even if a sister did not go along. She is not very happy in the cathouse. We think it might be Tulip that has her intimidated. Or it could just be all of the young cats living there now. But Cashmere really needs a home, with patient people of her very own who will lavish her with the love and attention she deserves.
Spritz, if not given the right opportunity, may end up being a lif-er here like Circe and Tibbs. She remains SO shy that she runs to hide first, before she even knows who is coming in. When she does come out to see us, you can just tell how much she wants attention. But we always have to go to her. She is a big, beautiful polydactl cat who turns her head completely upside down in greeting. These are my favorite pictures of Spritz.
Then there’s Tulip. You just can’t find a better cat - for a human. She loves attention. Loves a lap. Loves toys. Loves life. But she does NOT love other cats. I just know there has to be somebody out there who is just right for Tulip. Regardless of this one flaw, she still deserves a home of her own. (And boy, oh, boy, will the other cats be glad if she moves out!)
Finally, we have another Gray Girl who doesn’t get nearly enough attention (here on the blog OR in the cathouse). That blend-into-the-background kitty is Halo. She came in with the Fantastic Fifteen. She was never out front and often got overlooked. As that group began to thin a little, we took back Trex and Frosting, and added the Feral Four. With all of the new kittens in the cathouse, guess what happened to Halo? She blended into the background again. I recently had the opportunity to really get to know Miss Halo. You might remember that we had a run of “kitty colds” in the cathouse. It got most of our youngsters. The adults were spared except for one. Halo came down with the cold. Our sick group moved out of the cathouse while they were recovering, and Halo was one of those. She was one of the last to “catch the cold”, so by the time I moved her into my kennel office, she was only sharing the room with a couple of others. While working in the office, I let the cats out of their cages to investigate, climb on my desk (and paperwork), and interact with me. I fell in love with Halo. Even though she was easily spooked, she ended up really looking forward to receiving attention from me. What a sweet little girl. Another one that will take some patience, but definitely not the potential lif-er I had come to think of her as.
Except for Mitts and Glitter, none of these Gray Girls is going to be super-easy. But I know without a doubt, that there are people out there who are willing to give a home to a cat that needs a little “extra”. A little extra patience, a little extra time, a little extra understanding. If you are one of those people, won’t you PLEASE send me an email and let’s talk. These Gray Girls need you. We need a Gray Day Celebration!