Buttercup is approximately 8 to 10 years old. Her markings are a delightful mixture of mostly calico with some tabby. She is sweet and intelligent, and as her trust in humans increases, her wariness diminishes. She came to us in mid December, too frightened at the Pound. The staff at the Pound surmised she would do better in a home environment in order to regain her confidence, and they were right!
She has had all of her dental work done, and has very good litter box manners. She is food driven, and now comes in to the kitchen quite confidently, when she knows it is meal time. She has established that she is the matriarch among our cats. She is a seasoned, wise communicator, and demonstrates an unruffled ability to communicate her boundaries with each of them!
She has now begun to play a bit — carefully, at a distance, when she thinks we aren’t looking: Diving in to a tunnel, playing with a leather tie, or making the ball roll around the circular cat scratcher. Also, just last week, she was bold enough to briefly venture out on to our enclosed deck.
After bed time when the house is quiet and other kitties are away, she seeks out more attention. Just recently she jumped up on her foster Dad’s lap – a total of three times so far, staying for a long period, the last time! A few weeks ago she approached me (foster Mom) in the cutest manner when I got up in the middle of the night: she did a little ‘hop’ like a pony, pushing her head in to my hand to be petted. She purrs a lot, during these times.
She still startles fairly easily, and tends to retreat quickly if we move too much, or if there is more than one human in the room. She also still prefers her own space and bed, situated away from the main area of the household activity. However, her confidence continues to increase: Just now as I type this, she has stretched out, with her eyes closed, for the first time on the big chair in the main area with one of our cats also sleeping on the chair!
We think Buttercup would do best in a calm home environment without young children. She seems fine with other cats – in fact we think she may even prefer sharing a home with another cat who was relaxed and well adjusted. Her food intake should be limited as she really loves her food. Once she finds her forever family, who will understand she needs to be on her own schedule for continued blossoming, we have no doubt it will be a win-win, for everyone!