Jo-Jo and Autumn display the colors you think of when you think calico. They are both rich in their calico coloring.
Jo-Jo is now as desperate for human attention as Frosting once was. (More about Frosting tomorrow.) I have learned to guard my heart each and every time I step into the cahouse ever since Jo-Jo moved in. She wants me so desperately when I’m in there working that she can’t focus on anything else. Once I’ve been in there a while, I can interest her in playing with some toys. But when I first arrive, she comes running and she won’t let me do anything except hold her. There is no doubt about Jo-Jo being a “people-kitty”. If someone out there is looking for a cat who WANTS to be in the presence of her human, this is the one for you.
Jo-Jo has some type of ongoing condition with her eyes. They run clear. She was initially on an antibiotic when we first took her in. Since that time, she has been on two different eye drops and another round of antibiotic. Her eyes still occasionally run clear. We thought it might be some type of allergy. When Jo-Jo first left our home and moved into the cathouse, her eyes stopped running. So we assumed she had been allergic to something in our home. However, they are back to running once in a while. The vet says that this looks like something Jo-Jo will outgrow. As you all know, the cats and kittens I take in have had rough starts in life. I’ve seen it many times. A kitten continues to struggle with some condition or another until that little immune system has a chance to completely mature. The veterinary opinion, along with the opinion of Older Daughter, is that this eye thing with Jo-Jo will eventually correct itself. The eyes don’t mat or glom up. There is no color to the discharge. It’s like tears. And it only happens occasionally. Jo-Jo feels great and there is no accompanying cough, sneeze, congestion, or fever.
One other thing. Jo-Jo gets along with people better than she does with other cats. When she was younger, she was often side-by-side with another kitty.
It seems that Jo-Jo is becoming more of a loner now. I don’t catch her sleeping with the other cats in the cathouse. She was one of the kitties who was spayed last Friday. That group is recovered in my bathroom. Several of them slept next to each other. Jo-Jo slept to herself (she used to get in bed with me when she was in our home). And I actually saw her, two different times, tap a fellow kitty on the head when that kitty stuck that head into Jo-Jo’s food bowl. Since moving back to the cathouse, I've seen Jo-Jo hiss at several of the kitties there. I would previously have said that Jo-Jo would like a companion kitty in a new home. Certainly Jo-Jo is quite capable of being in the presence of other kitties, and she even likes most of them most of the time. I'm just no longer sure that she would be a great companion for another kitty. What Jo-Jo wants more than anything is a human. Her very own. Soon.
Autumn is a beautiful little calico who was one of the three “kittens” we trapped in a remote area 45 minutes from home. It was a LONG ordeal, but we were finally successful in trapping ALL three.
It appears that Autumn is going to be a very tiny cat. Autumn may or may not be full-grown yet. It’s possible that she is already an adult. Her teeth led us to believe she might be close to eight months old back in the Fall. But she was the same size as the other two “kittens” we trapped, and they were only a few months old at the time.
Autumn is a precious little girl with beautiful coloring and an attractively painted face. She is VERY friendly with me and with all other cats. She loves playing with toys in the cathouse. In fact, she takes the number one spot in terms of which kitty loves toys the most. She can entertain herself for long periods with whatever toys are available. When I sit on the couch in the cathouse, Autumn joins me - I pet her; she purrs. Autumn also gets the number one spot for who rubs on my legs when I'm working. She's always right there - petting herself on me. Autumn has one characteristic that is a little less than endearing. She hates to be pinned down to have something “done” to her. Vaccinations, worming, even flea treatment are activities she does not engage in with loads of cooperation. She is a sweetheart kitty but will probably require some patience when she first moves in with a new family. It took her a while to “come around” when we first brought her here. But “come around” she did, and now she is a little doll.
Friends - Help me spread the word. Please help Jo-Jo and Autumn find their forever homes.