Friday, July 29, 2011

Possible matches

Okay, first off, scroll down, because there are multiple posts going up today!

Okay! Now, before I talk (and talk and talk and TALK, heh) about volunteering, I'd like to talk about Little Girl's possible matches.

After the New Kitty adoption went so poorly, Shelter Lady and I spent a lot of time on the phone discussing who might be right for Little Girl. And when I went in last night, Shelter Lady had some possible matches picked out.

One was Oreo (gak!), a black-and-white who evidently was an indoor/outdoor cat in his past life, because he wants OUT of that shelter. The shelter prefers that their cats stay inside at their new homes, but Oreo is so clearly longing to be outside that they feel he may be best suited to be an indoor/outdoor cat. Which, how perfect would that be? At my house, he can go outside, any time he wants. And he is laid-back and friendly and good with other cats.

Another possible match was Benjy, a brown striped cat who was laid back to the point of being catatonic (Ha! CATatonic. Sorry.).

There was Little Boy Blue (WHO IS NAMING THESE CATS?), who is not blue (SURPRISE), and Tigger, and some others.

There was another cat there, Water Baby, who I really took a shine to, mainly because the poor thing has been at that shelter for YEARS, but Shelter Lady was not sure if he would be a good match for Little Girl. And you know what? For ONCE, I shut up and LISTENED. Imagine that!

So! Possible matches. A lot of them were girls, and I don't know why, but I'm pretty sure at this point that Little Girl would prefer a boy companion. For one thing, boy cats (well, NEUTERED boy cats, anyway) tend to be more laid-back when it comes to getting along with other cats. And there are lots of boys there.

And you know what? Maybe, in the end, none of them will match. Maybe Little Girl will be an only cat, and if that's the way she wants it, that's okay too. For once, it's not all about ME, and I feel like I'm learning ALL KINDS of things from this experience. Holy cow! Who'd a thunk it?

So time will tell, and I am going to start volunteering there (more on that later), and I will get to know all of these cats better.

So many cats!


~~Silk said...

Your meeting and approving a cat, or the recommendation of the shelter lady, isn't going to mean beans to Little Girl. After all, she's a CAT, and logic has no meaning. In fact, scent may even have importance.

Is there any way you can take Little Girl to a "neutral room" at the shelter where she can pick out her own friend?

rockygrace said...

~~Silk, that's a great idea. I'm just afraid that by the time she got there, she'd be so freaked out by the cat carrier and the car ride and the new place and new cats that I wouldn't be able to get any useful data as to how she felt about any particular cat. *sigh*

rockygrace said...

Oh, and right now the (very) tentative plan is to bring a cat home for a day or two, a little mini-trial, and if that cat doesn't work, take it back and try another one.

Which sounds kind of cavalier as far as the cats go, but the shelter is agreeable, and I don't know any other way to do it.