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Reynolds Maine Coon & Domestic Medium Hair Mix Houston, TX
- Tabby (Brown / Chocolate), White
- Sweet, loving, affectionate, cuddly lap cat, shy
- Coat length
- Vaccinations up to date, spayed / neutered.
- Good in a home with
- Other cats, dogs.
- Prefers a home without
- Adoption fee
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When she's at work, I enjoy sitting in a sunny window sill to just gaze outside, grateful that I no longer have to dumpster-dive for my next meal. You see, I was living at a ghetto apartment complex when a nice lady started feeding me. She thinks that I was somebody's abandoned pet because I was already neutered, but I have a notched ear, which means that I might have been a stray whom someone neutered. I wasn't feral because I used to come running when she appeared and then wind myself all around her ankles in anticipation of my next meal.
This could've continued forever as far as I was concerned, but this nice lady who fed me decided to move away. Fortunately, she arranged for Buster's Friends to accept me into their program. I'll always be grateful to my Foster Meowmy for agreeing to foster me because then I was an "indoor diamond-in-the-rough." What I mean is that I had been in survival mode for so long outside that it was a big adjustment for me to start living strictly indoors.
I was extremely shy in the beginning and would run and hide when Foster Meowmy entered my foster room. She's grateful that I'm very food-motivated because her serving me yummy canned food helped me to venture out and gain my confidence. Slowly but surely I transformed into a great kitty who even had to teach the other household cats the benefits of being a lap cat. Incidentally, I get along great with these resident cats and even the family dog! In fact, we kitties zoom all around the house chasing each other! I never knew indoor life could be so ridiculously fun!
My foster meowmy was concerned that I wasn't putting on weight like I should, and it ended up that I needed to have a lot of bad teeth pulled. (Incidentally, my predental bloodwork showed excellent values within normal parameters.) Now that my dental issues have been addressed, my body mass is steadily improving, and my Maine Coon ruff around my neck is filling out. I'm turning into a quite handsome dude compared to the pitiful creature I had become as a homeless stray when I was first rescued. I feel so great now that I even play with catnip mice. (Again, I have to teach the resident cats how to toss the toys way up in the air and pounce on them when they land!)
True confessions, I'm not without my issues. One is that I am affectionate with Foster Meowmy only on my terms. It has to be my idea to jump in her lap or up on her bed. If she walks into the room or approaches me in any way, I run but then jump in her lap as soon as she sits down. My rule is that I come to her, not vice versa. Perhaps over time my trust level will increase, I'll become less wary and more relaxed, and this skittish behavior will disappear.
My other issue is that I tested FIV positive. This is not a death sentence, and the FIV can only be spread by deep bite wounds (as compared to feline leukemia's being spread casually by shared food/ water bowls and litter boxes). I'm not aggressive at all with the resident cats, so I'm not isolated from them. Being FIV positive does mean that I have a weakened immune system, and so I'm more prone to getting upper respiratory infections, ringworm, and dental disease. Other than that, FIV-positive cats tend to live normal lives and have a normal length of life. Find out more by reading the FAQs about Feline Immunodeficiency Virus at https://resources.bestfriends.org/article/fiv-cats-faqs-feline-immunodeficiency-virus.
As much as I like it here in my foster home, I know it's best for me to have a home of my very own -- possibly with fewer other animals to compete with my human's attention. I will need a human who will be patient with me as I slowly adjust to my new environment. For this reason, it's probably best that my forever home be in metro Houston and that there be no small children.
Once I feel as secure as I do now in my foster home, I will blossom into the affectionate lap cat that I am at heart. I hope that you'll overlook my little flaws and arrange to meet me today.
Reynolds is updated on shots, neutered, dewormed, microchipped, FeLV negative, and ready for his indoor-only home in metro Houston only. No de-clawing permitted. His adoption fee is $100, cash or check payable to Buster's Friends. Please click the contact button if you are interested in Reynolds, and we can let you know exactly where you can meet him.
To adopt one of our cats, you must fill out our adoption application and be approved by one of our adoption counselors. To make the process more efficient, submit the online cat adoption application at https://www.bustersfriends.org/cat-adoption-application.
Several of our cats can be seen at the following adoption venue 7 days a week any time the store is open:
PetSmart #1780 (Heights), 1907 Taylor St. (@ I-10); 77007; (713) 863-0533
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