I’m focusing on calicos this week - hoping to find some forever homes. Tuesday I highlighted Isis. Yesterday Jo-Jo and Autumn took the stage. Today the spotlight is on Frosting and Sallie.
If you’ve been reading here for very long, you’ve read about Frosting. Except for Spritz and Tibby Bean (who are basically un-adoptable at this point), Frosting has been in the cathouse longer than the rest of the current gang. Her story has become a little sad.
Frosting is the last of the Fantastic Fifteen. We took on that group in June 2010; Frosting was a tiny kitten at that time. She was simply never chosen. She is now over a year and a half old and has lived her entire life in the cathouse. There have been stages in Frosting’s stay here. She was a tiny sick kitten. Then a tiny slightly-more-healthy kitten. When she became sort of a “teenager” cat, she developed some behaviors that were less than endearing. Frosting would leap from whatever surface she was on and land on your shoulder (or whatever part of you she could grab on her way through the air). The other thing she started doing was nibbling. While being held, she would nibble the holder's chin or nose. These are “love nibbles” or “cat nips”. There has never been an aggressive bone in Frosting’s body. She was simply desperate for human attention. In her eagerness, she did anything for contact. Those behaviors have modified. Well, to be honest, the jumping onto the physical body of a human has completely ended. I do still occasionally get a nip on the chin when I hold her but even these nibbles are few and far between. The sad part is this. Frosting doesn’t even run to me anymore when I enter the cathouse. The feeling I get is that she has sort of given up. I am HOPING that what I’m observing is just the aging process. She is an adult now. Maybe maturity is what I’m seeing. But it’s a little bit heart-breaking. Her previous zeal is muted to say the least. I still pick her up, but she doesn’t come and ask for that anymore. And sometimes when I reach to pet her, she stops briefly and then walks away.
I feel like there just has to be a wonderful home out there for Frosting. My hope is that if she is showered with attention in her very own home, some of the over-the-top need for a human might come back. I’m afraid the cathouse environment might be dampening that famous Frosting enthusiasm.
Click here for more pictures of Frosting, including her baby picture.
Sallie is troubling me. She came here in the Fall as a homeless kitten with a bad ear. Initially, she was less terrified than so many kittens I’ve taken in. I thought Sallie would probably be one to tame easily and adjust fine in a new home. Instead, what I will be writing about today is that she is, for now, not a perfectly adoptable kitty. I am going to work with her more, and I hope I have a different story to report in the coming weeks or months.
Sallie has become more and more aloof since moving into the cathouse. I have noticed how she is completely fine with having NO attention whatsoever from me when I am there. Of course, I go to ALL of the kitties in the cathouse and offer attention. Sallie would usually take it, but never initiate our contact. Then last Friday Sallie was spayed. She moved into my downstairs bathroom with four other bathroom guests. This afforded me the opportunity to be around her more. I could pet her but she always waited until I went to her. Shiloh, Truly, Autumn, and Jo-Jo were clamoring around me, pushing in for their share of the attention, and Sallie would be in the towel basket or crunching on a cat food morsel. She has become even more distant since the spay surgery. I know she didn’t feel great for the first couple of days, but we are past that now. She seems to feel fine, but is disinterested in me or my husband or either of the girls when they stop by.
Sallie is VERY happy with her kitty friends. She likes the other cats in the cathouse and I can tell she is enjoying the company of the other four kitties in the bathroom. In fact, I caught her more than once licking the top of the head or face of the others. So Sallie is a cat who enjoys the company of felines but not so much of humans at this time. I’ve had cats prove me wrong over and over, so I know it’s possible that Sallie might get into a home and be nothing like what I’m describing. I would certainly welcome that possibility. In the meantime, I will work with her to see if I can convince her that people friends can be as good as feline friends. We’ll see. . .
Friends - Help me spread the word. Isis needs a patient loving home. Jo-Jo and Autumn and Frosting need wonderful homes. Sallie deserves a home, too - definitely one with other kitties.
Have a great weekend!