"Happy Holidays Sassy, We love you and we hope you get a loving home for Christmas"
"As the foster mom for Sassy, I have been so happy watching her progress of rehabilitation. When Sassy came to me, she had been staying in a crate, had a lot trouble with using her hind quarters, had an inability to groom herself, and was very fearful of others. Having been a victim of abuse, she had trouble trusting and used her only means of self-protection...her claws and her teeth! She was distant, hiding underneath the bed. She would have to be enticed out with treats to be able to give her insulin shots.
Having worked with feral kittens before, I knew to be patient and loving, and approachable on her terms. Remarkably, within just a week, I contacted HSLC because I was so impressed with her progress. First, she started trying to use her back legs more, attempting to stand on all fours and trying to move around more frequently. I would allow her to signal when she wanted attention and she would rub her head under my hands, telling me a pat was desired. My husband discovered that she loved to play with straws, and we could use that interaction to get her to move more. I won't lie; there were some scratches and bites early on, but those were due to my excitement and taking things further than she was ready to go.
After the first month, she started greeting me at the door to her bedroom; she would choose to spend time with me, getting brushed and petted, over her desire to eat. She was starting to groom herself, even attempting to sit up on her hind end, rather than lay sideways. She would grab around my legs when I chose to leave, mewing, as if to say, "Please, can we play a little longer?" After about 6 weeks, she no longer became "over-stimulated," leading to biting or scratching. (When she would bite- not out of meanness but being too excited - I would tell her, "No biting. We can't play if you bite." I would then walk out, no matter how much she mewed. She figured it out after about a week.) She's a very smart cat!
HSLC has been witness to her progress. Now, she seems to trust all people, not just me. While she's not a fan of my dogs (probably because she knows she is limited in her movement), she is a sweet, non-aggressive cat. She can run down the hall; although her gait will always be slow, she has managed to get herself to a pretty good speed when she wants. She cannot yet climb, but I am hopeful she will be able to conquer that, given more space and freedom. She is curious about things, and she is no longer afraid to exit her room and feels comfortable laying in the center of the room.
Her name is perfect because she is very talkative! She loves to converse. If you look at her and speak to her, she will speak back. She loves attention; and while I would recommend patience with her getting to know new people, she allows me to hold her and carry her, without incident. She is extremely loving and wants to be loved. And she is easy to love.
Concerning her diabetes, that is an almost non-issue. She doesn't flinch or have any problems with receiving the shots. Her head is usually in the food bowl, so she doesn't even notice. I take care of that immediately when feeding her, then come back for play time once I've given her enough time to get some food in her stomach (because she'll leave the food dish for people time!).
All in all, Sassy is like every other cat, except that she LOVES people more than any cat I've ever seen, she is more social, and she has some minor medical issues. I hope someone will get to know her and come to love her as we have. We have 6 animals and are facing a move; that's the only reason we don't keep her ourselves!! "