Thursday, June 18, 2015

Foster Diaries #2: Tiki the Siamese

It is notoriously hard to get cats over five years old adopted. Most people want fluffy, mewing kittens (many of which end up right back in the shelter when they outgrow their itty-bitty cuteness, or aren't given the patient socialization most kittens need to grow into well-behaved cats). Many adopters who take home adult cats want the benefit of an established personality and temperament, but still lean toward younger ones. When people are willing to take 9-year-olds like Tiki, it is often because they are either animal-saving saints or are interested in particular breeds. While a quarter of all shelter animals in New York City are actually purebreds (not that it should matter), I thought Tiki would be overlooked by potential Siamese-lovers due to her crossed eyes and prominent overbite, likely caused by inbreeding.

Luckily, a lovely family in New Jersey will most likely be taking Tiki home tomorrow! She really is the most magnificent cat. Many animals are rightfully stressed out by busy adoption events and moving between foster homes, but Tiki has remained an absolute peach during both. She is such a friendly and calm little lady! Tiki loves any TLC she can get, and will purr like a lawnmower when she gets it (and maybe even treat you to her very musical meow), but she will never bother you for attention. She enjoys burrowing in my clothes or duvet, occasionally playing with her favorite mouse toy. At night, she sleeps soundly at the foot of my bed. 

In addition to a sweet personality, her appearance is ridiculously endearing. Who wouldn't love this face?
I decided to leave the bedroom door open this week (allowing the cats to mingle) because Tiki is quite easygoing, and I thought she might be here for a while. They have made a lot of progress together in the last week - they went from hissing across the apartment at each other to lounging carelessly within a few feet!
Both Andrey and I totally fell in love with our little ray of cross-eyed sunshine. Tiki-riki, you wonderful creature, we will miss you so much!

Next up: Butterscotch the Maine Coon, who will be arriving to recover from surgery in a quiet environment when Tiki goes to her furrever home.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Foster Diaries #1: Sami the tortie

Hello, lovely blog followers!

The NYU semester has wrapped up, and I am very much enjoying the beginning of summer. I am still student teaching my 7th graders every morning and tutoring kindergarteners in the afternoon. When the school year ends on the last Friday of June, I'll begin my summer position as a camp counselor for the 92Y Trailblazers. At the moment, I'm very much enjoying this intermediate period! More than anything, I now have an unusual amount of free time, and I'm becoming very involved in a fantastic rescue organization called Zani's Furry Friends.

One of the ways I've been helping out is by fostering shy or undersocialized kitties who need a quiet and loving environment in which to thrive. The first of my foster babes, who went to a wonderful furrever home today (!) is Sami. Sami is a teeny, painfully shy, one-year-old tortie girl of just four pounds. This sweet pea was pulled off the kill list at Animal Control a month ago, but had some trouble in her previous foster home, which had many pets and people. In the five days she was with me, she went from cowering (but never hissing) at my touch to responding to affection! Now, Sami is in the very capable hands of an experienced pet parent who will do a great job of fully socializing her!

The following pictures aren't great because Sami was crated/very shy, but nevertheless:
She caught a little cold at our last adoption event, but it cleared up right away
Much cuter here than when she woke me up every 45 minutes for 4 nights in a row!
Coming soon... Foster Diaries #2: Siamese Tiki!

P.S. Tabby is not a huge fan of the fostering idea, and generally ignores our bedroom, where the fosters are confined. However, she has been surprisingly good! She is still eating, showing affection, and has done no territorial -ahem- markings. I'm very proud of her, considering she hasn't met another cat since she left her litter-mates at two months old! And if anything, fostering just makes us love her curmudgeonly self even more :)
Doesn't she slightly resemble Barney from The Simpsons?