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- Curious, Calm, Playful, Sweet
- Coat length
- Vaccinations up to date, spayed / neutered.
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Monroe is a part of a program called The Community Cat Initiative.
What is a Community Cat?
Un-owned cats that live outdoors in the community. They may be feral or friendly, may have been born into the wild, or maybe lost or abandoned pets.
Cats in this program were brought in terrified, aggressive (rooted in fear), or shut down, and simply had no reason to trust humans. After Patience, Understanding, a routine, and a consistent supply of resources, these amazing and resilient animals begin to trust and love.
What does PURR really mean?
P - Patience. This will take time. We ask for a MINIMUM of 3 months. It could very well be sooner than this, but our mission is to set up both the cat and their new human for success. We know this works, as every cat up for adoption from this program has gone from unable to handle, hiding, and terrified to cuddled in their caretaker's arms, engaging in play, and asking for pets - THIS is the incredible reward we speak of!
U - Understanding. These cats each have their own story. Often it is one of abuse or neglect, but it could also be a story of once knowing love and companionship and then losing it. Or, it could be one of never knowing it at all. Whatever the story, it is important that we understand they come with their own fears, quirks, and a need for time/space to adjust.
R - Routine. Often these cats have never had a routine or rituals of any kind. Simply being present makes all the difference in the world. Sitting on the floor offering toys, offering treats, speaking to them in a familiar voice - even though it may take some time for them to engage - is the foundation of starting your amazing relationship.
R - Resources. One of the best ways to bond with an animal and to build trust is to offer a consistent flow of resources. The bonding and trust-building process starts with the first fill of the food bowl. Have food, water, and litter boxes where the cat can see and hear you - talking while you are scooping boxes or filling a dish. When your cat realizes that YOU are the source of the things he/she needs and loves, the bonding happens quickly.
Keeping P.U.R.R. in mind while your new family member adjusts will help ensure that the bond is strong and the trust is unwavering and the payoff is priceless.
Monroe was brought into the program in March of 2021. She was completely shut down and would allow for anything, simply because she was too scared to do anything else. For a solid month, I did not see her come out of her covered cat bed, but I knew she was at some point, as her food dish would be empty and her litter box used. Before I could get her spayed, she appeared to go into heat. It was as though a switch flipped! She became affectionate, asking to be pet, brushed, etc. Now I knew why (as she was in heat) but I took the opportunity and paid her all the attention she wanted. Two weeks later, she was spayed and it was as though she learned in that span of time that humans were not so bad after all!
Like many, if not all of the cats in this program, her cuddly behavior is reserved for me. It is simply because I practiced P.U.R.R. and I know if given the time, you will have the same Monroe I do!
She is spayed and has UTD on Rabies and Distemper. She has tested negative for FIV/FeLV.
Monroe does great with other cats. Dogs are ok, as long as they too give her the space and respect that she needs.
There is no guarantee of age and breed as a rescue animal's history is unknown. All ages and breeds are best estimate.
Adoption fees include a mandatory sales tax of 7.525%.
All cats have received comprehensive veterinary care and tested negative for feline leukemia and FIV unless otherwise stated. Cats are up-to-date on age-appropriate vaccinations and have been spayed/neutered, treated for fleas and/or ear mites, de-wormed, and microchipped. Please note there may be additional follow-up visits and boosters that are not covered by Pet Haven after adoption.
Interested in adopting or learning more about this cat? Please fill out Pet Haven's adoption application: http://bit.ly/2fd9U2F
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