Kitty-Kitter Goes to a New Home!

Your intrepid blog owner here, Jennifer. I’ve been studying for a test that has to do with my job so the blog has been very quiet. But I’m back and want to fill you in on Kitty-Kitter, who got adopted!

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Her new owner is a single professional who needed some company outside of work hours. She especially loved longhaired black cats. She has sent photos of Kitter sitting happily on the cushy part of a drink console between two parts of her couch, like Queen of the House. She is Queen of the House, too. She is the only cat in the whole apartment.

I’ve also gotten all the updates I wanted about Kitter’s adjustment! When in the past I considered surrendering her to a larger shelter, I was told I wouldn’t be able to offer my email for the next adopter to even potentially communicate. It just got too complicated with their numerous intakes and I’m guessing that sometimes if the communicators are previous long-time owner/new adopter there could be trouble. I understood, but my dear neighbor and I wanted to hear how our stray turned Queen was doing!

The group that eventually helped is PAWS Brave Hearts, a small shelter in Northern Maine dedicated to saving all cats, reducing population, but especially caring for special-needs cats. I emailed them for help and they eventually connected me to a program on Adopt-a-Pet called Rehome. It is run through Adopt-a-Pet and you select the charity you are working with. The person with whom the cat is living takes care of the cat, contacts and interviews the prospective adopters–who submit applications through Adopt-a-Pet–and passes the cat right to the new adopter from the home. The charity gets the adoption fee.

Just before Kitty-Kitter got an application, she was coming out of the bedroom more and more and exploring my apartment. There was always tension with my cats and sometimes it ended in a chase or swipe. She could no longer be denied and would meow at the door of the bedroom. Now she does not need to worry about cat social dynamics!

Kitty-Kitter’s new name is Penelope. It’s something I came up with just before I posted her on Rehome.

I am left with a little sadness, a lot of joy, and for the first time since May of 2018, no foster cats in my home.

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Kitty-Kitter’s Changes

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Above: Kitty-Kitter tongue blep.

When Kitty-Kitter first came out of her bedroom–which used to be my bedroom, by the way–she was nonchalant toward the other cats. it was almost as if they didn’t exist. She didn’t NOT like them, but she didn’t want to hang out with them either. She didn’t even want to sniff them. Well, now, five cats too many later, with a number of explorations by those cats in “her” bedroom, she launches herself at them.

I’m able to stop it and to intervene with pillows, or at least everyone involved gets the idea right away and parts ways once I react in a shocked manner by moving quickly. So there hasn’t been any real damage.

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I talked to the director of community outreach at the Humane Society here, and she picked up through my description that Kitty-Kitter is shy at first, then loves her human once she gets to know him or her, and Kitty-Kitter needs to be the queen of the household and/or does not like other cats. I have not called to surrender her because they’re not allowed to connect foster people/surrenderers with adopters. I’d prefer to have an update.

Here, she’s sitting on my lap. Yes, shoes on table and gloves on chair…but cat on lap!

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It’s kind of funny. Wave is so afraid of her. He’s big and long and when he actually catches a glimpse of her now he slinks slowly away with his belly low to the ground and his back ruffled. He’s Cindy’s nemesis, and Kitty-Kitter is his nemesis.

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