BEAR

Sex: Spayed female
Breed: Domestic short hair – grey/buff tortoiseshell
Age: ~ 7 years old
Reason Here: My owner could no longer care for me
Arrival Date: 03/01/2018
My thoughts on:

Cats & Dogs: I have no history living with dogs and other cats

BANE

Sex: Neutered male
Breed: Domestic shorthair – grey
Age: ~ 3 years old
Reason Here: Transfer from Gloucester-Mathews Humane Society in Virginia
Arrival Date: 3/19/2018
My thoughts on:

Cats: I am living with cats in a community room at HSCC and may do well with another

Dogs: I have no known history living with dogs

BABY GIRL

Special Considerations: I may need the option of going outside if I want to in my new home.
HSCC fans, we need your help to find Baby Girl, aka BeeGee, a very special home where she can be her true self! Baby Girl is a unique lady. She’s fun, she’s sassy, she’s quite hilarious, and she’s super playful! She’s also social and affectionate which sometimes collides with her cattitude. But, hey, sometimes our feelings get the best of us. We feel you, BeeGee!

BeeGee loooooves food, treats, more treats, and wet food! YUM! She is curious, adventurous, and outgoing. She’ll give you a swat when she’s had enough of your attention even though she appears to be asking for it…talk about sending mixed messages! This beautiful princess demands love, (food) and respect! She will clearly communicate she’s done with you with a punch from her paws (with claws!) or even with a nip or bite. This seems to be who Baby Girl is – this behavior is consistent both in her previous home as well as at HSCC. At least we can say she knows who she is and isn’t afraid to express her feelings!

What we’ve learned about Baby Girl since her arrival last November is that an indoor environment does not seem to be enough for her. In an indoor setting she has struggled with being over-stimulated, trying to escape rooms and offices, and needing more space. She’s a smarty pants and even figured out how to open her office door! This gal needs things to do and the space to do it in! We believe that Baby Girl has showed a personality that may be successful in an indoor/outdoor home or specific barn setting. We hope this will give her the freedom to do as she pleases while offering her a stimulating environment to keep her content.

Her new family should have a full structure (barn, garage, etc.) where she will have a heat source, food, water, attention and vet care. Because Baby Girl does not have experience living outside, HSCC will guide you on introducing her to her new environment. She is used to living in a home and we want to make sure we are doing right by her, so we are open to alternative housing for her – as long as her needs are being met. There is the possibility that Baby Girl will want to live her life as an indoor cat who goes outside when she pleases. Adopters should be open to both options. All interested parties should appreciate an independent AND an affectionate and social kitty who may actually prefer that you don’t pet her tooooo much. Who ever said cats are easy?! Sometimes it can be a bit complicated to find the right solution for our furry friends, but we are willing to try. If BeeGee were on a dating site, her matches may be confused, but like all of us, there’s someone for everyone… even when we’ve got a few quirks!

My thoughts on:

Cats: I have never lived with cats before; I did meet a cat at HSCC and may be OK with a proper and slow introduction

Dogs: I have not lived with dogs; A family dog visited a few times a year and I would keep my distance

Children: I would do best in a home without children

Tips for the First 30 Days of Cat Adoption

Sara Kent, Director, Shelter Outreach, Petfinder

Be prepared should be your mantra when bringing a new pet into your home. Cats are particularly sensitive to new surroundings and some may hide under a bed or in a closet for days or even weeks.

You can avoid pitfalls with your new critter and help him or her adapt more easily by following these guidelines:

Before You Bring Your Cat Home:

Cats are territorial, and coming into a new home leaves them feeling really uneasy. There’s all that unexplored space, and who knows what may lurk there. Do him a favor and provide a small area to call his own for the first few days or weeks. A bathroom or laundry room works well. Furnish the room with cat amenities, such as food, water and a litter box. You’ll want to spend time with your cat, so make sure there’s a comfortable place for you to sit as well.
Fill a litter box with one or two inches of litter and place it in his room where he can use it undisturbed. After all, everyone deserves a modicum of privacy when pottying, and giving him that will help forestall litter box aversion. Not sure which litter to choose? Check out How to Choose A Cat Litter.