Happy Tail: Feral kitty comes in from the cold

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Feral cats, cats who are not accustomed to human contact, are not easily tamed, although some — strays who have joined a feral community after having had a home or those who have very quiet temperaments — can make the transition to a home. Nala was one of those. She was born in a feral colony, but when most of the colony was eradicated, Nala was spared because she was so young.

Nala is spunky with her family, but remains shy around strangers.

Nala is spunky with her family but remains shy around strangers.

Kara Boucher’s 17-year-old tabby cat had died and she was feeling a hole in her heart. “I knew a new pet would never fill this, but I had the room and the desire to give another cat a home, along with the hope that she would be a great pet for, with any luck, another 17 years or more. ”

The Hartford, CT, woman saw Nala listed by Central Connecticut Cat Project, Kensington, CT. Her pet notes on Petfinder said she had a big purr, a sound that has grown louder and happier now that she has been adopted. It rattles Kara awake each morning, when the “lump” under the covers crawls out and announces it’s time to get up.

Her initial shyness has turned into boldness, except in the face of the dreaded vacuum. She remains shy around strangers, too, but adores Kara’s Beagle and is big sister to Kara’s other adopted cat, Luna. “She is a little shadow who just loves to be around her family,” Kara says.

One of her favorite pastimes is chasing the light of a laser pointer, and upon hearing it rattle on its chain, she sprints into the room to play. “She loves to chase bugs, too, and even as an indoor cat, is an expert mouse hunter,” Kara says.

“I am so thankful that I went looking on Petfinder,” she adds, “but never did I imagine finding the most special little girl that I’ve ever known.” Nala beat the odds and came in from the Connecticut cold.

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