A couple years ago, someone dumped a pregnant mom cat off at a busy 7-11 store. At the junction of two highways, this was NOT a cat friendly place. But “Katniss” is a survivor and she learned to scavenge food dropped in the lot and at the neighboring fast food restaurant. And, she also mastered catching rats and mice. The 7-11 owner reported that when she showed up, the army of rats disappeared from around the dumpster. Katniss had several litters of kittens at the 7-11, but the babies all disappeared between 3 and 6 months. Cars, coyotes and the lack of a regular food source made survival impossible.
In August, a Community Cat Coalition volunteer heard about the mom and her new litter of kittens. She trapped and fixed the mom and babies. One baby, Rue, proved nearly impossible to trap. Resourceful and VERY intelligent, she avoided the trap for weeks. When she finally went in, she was nearly 3 months old. From day one, she has tolerated handling without biting or scratching, but she remains mistrustful and will only approach her foster mom for food. She allows you to pet her while she is eating and will even take canned food from your hand. Over time, I predict that she will be tame for her caretaker, but nobody else. Mom “Katniss” is tame and loves to have her face and neck scratched, but still has an edge. Loud sounds or sudden movements put her in survival mode. While she has never scratched or bitten her foster mom, she has hissed when alarmed. I suppose that after living at a 7-11 all this time, she has a feline version of PTSD. So far, the sound of a plastic bag being opened to scoop the litterbox seems to be the scariest sound for her.
We would love to see a happy ending for Katniss and Rue. While we would love to see them as indoor only cats, we understand that finding loving owners who will accept “imperfect” cats is rare. They would do well as indoor/outdoor cats or possibly garage cats in a safe area. If you apply to adopt, please be committed to being a lifetime home for this pair. They are both spayed, vaccinated, microchipped and treated for fleas and worms. They would like a home that provides canned food. In return, they will be low maintenance companions who are willing to do rodent patrol in their spare time. Email CatTalesWa@gmail.com if you are interested in learning more about this duo. You may copy/paste the pre-adoption questionnaire into an email. Adoption fee will be waived for the right home.