Not the Winter “season” – I’m ready to move on from there (especially since last weekend was far too Winter-like for mid-April). I’m talking about the Winnie’s Wish kitty named Winter.
She is one of the Wishers living in the two rooms in the kennel – what used to be my business office and the room we added on and initially called the “Kitten Room.” As I’ve mentioned many times, these two rooms are the permanent home of some of the “sanctuary” Wishers. Quinn & Isis are the patriarch and matriarch of this domain. Goldie the deaf Wisher is quite happy living with these two. Peter Pan and Tinkerbell moved into these rooms before Peter Pan’s death. Tinkerbell had adjusted to living in her new location so I surely did not want to move her away from her comfort zone after losing her brother (they were very close). In fact, Tinkerbell has become quite good friends with both Quinn and Isis. Then Traci Mae moved into these rooms so that I can better observe & treat her minor health conditions. Those five kitties are the established crew for this area. But when I trapped Winter back in January, I wanted to work with her in terms of taming. I often keep a new arrival in this area for a while before moving him/her to the cathouse. Winter has certainly been a Wisher long enough to move on to the cathouse. But she has developed a relationship with the cats in this area. She is a sweet, quiet girl who is still unsure of many things. So she will continue, for now, to live where she has become comfortable.
A few weeks after Winter arrived here, I noticed a relationship developing between Winter and Tinkerbell. It wasn’t necessarily that they were always together, but I certainly noticed Winter sort of following Tink around. And Tink didn’t seem to mind at all. (A couple of the pictures aren’t too great because they wouldn’t stop moving around. )
During the weeks that I was observing such a close relationship between Winter and Tinkerbell, I thought about doing an adoption post suggesting that this might be a good PAIR to adopt out together. (And that's still a great idea.) But more recently, the relationship between Winter and Tink has waned a little due to some very definite interference. I believe Quinn has fallen in love. We can’t tell Isis about this. She and Quinn have been inseparable for years now. And in fact, I still see them sitting together and sleeping together quite often. Isis also often grooms the back of Quinn’s head while he’s eating. But there is no doubt that Quinn is now dividing his time between Isis and Winter. I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve discovered Quinn and Winter sleeping together. Nearly every day, at some point, I find them cuddling or sleeping – always in the same kitty bed.
It’s always so interesting to watch the cat relationships here develop. Unless something changes a great deal, Winter will stay where she is – happily living with the Wishers in the kennel. New rescues will still enter this area off and on as they come and go. For instance, Betty Lou and her three boys joined the kennel cats when I first brought them here. Mom Betty Lou (who is SO ready for a home of her own) has moved to the cathouse. She is completely tame. Her three kittens, however, had gotten too old by the time I trapped them. They have the feral ways and require more contact with me. So they continue to live in these two rooms. And there would be no reason to bring this up in a post about Winter, except that one of the three boys is Winter’s doppelganger.
I believe I mentioned that one of the kittens looked VERY much like Winter. It was something I noticed immediately, and it was very interesting because they came from the exact same location. Winter, however, is older than the three boys. I am convinced, however, that she HAS to be related. She and Boy Blue look like twins.
I’m posting Winter in my sidebar today. Many, MANY of the cats at Winnie’s Wish require very special homes. There are very few “easy” cats for adoption here. Winter is probably as ready as any of the others for a home of her own. And like the others, she will require a very patient, understanding, loving human. I’m not going to post her on Petfinder quite yet, but if someone reading this blog happened to fall in love with Winter, I’d know it was someone who has a deeper understanding of cats – especially the “not-as-easy” types that make up the majority of the Wishers.
So Friends – Wish with me for Winter . . . not the weather . . . the Wisher!