With the kittens at the three month mark, and scheduled for their spay/neuters in upcoming weeks, I am knee deep in applications for them. Two were spoken for many weeks ago, but I am looking at applicants for the other four (three kittens and Hannah).
I have what seems to be an excellent home for Hannah where she doesn’t have to be mommy-cat anymore, and at 10 months, can finally have her kittenhood without being sick or pregnant or nursing the gang. The adopter is coming to meet her this week, but has already made up her mind about Hannah, so I have my paws crossed for her.
I have had multiple applications for the kittens, and some approved adopters coming to meet them this week, but the problem kitten may be Breezy. She’s a little bit shy, and shy is definitely harder to adopt out.
She’s a really beautiful kitten so she gets all kinds of interest. But two potential adopters have met her so far and they were both expecting me to be wrong about her being a bit reserved and warming up slowly. Breezy isn’t going to give you love on the spot, and she’s not terribly excited about being held. The first adopter was disappointed and wanted to come back a second time to see if she had changed. (No…that’s her personality.) And the second adopter tried picking her up five minutes after she tried the first time, and was disappointed that Breezy hadn’t warmed up in those five minutes. Sigh.
Breezy is a lovely kitten, and she does warm up but it takes time and she needs to do that at her own pace, and not on demand. She also gets her confidence from other cats, and I don’t think she would do well as a solo cat. She can always be found sleeping with her arm draped over one of the other kittens. When I bring out a new toy four of the kittens are on it immediately, and Breezy waits to see how it works and if others like it before she comes to check things out. That’s just her personality, and it ain’t gonna change.
I will be curious to see how it goes for Breezy. Many people want an immediate love connection, and that’s just not Breezy’s style. She is very sweet and loving — though never thrilled about being picked up and held, even by me. But she’s delighted to be pet and purrs up a storm, and she is a beautiful cat with exquisite markings. She plays up a storm once she’s comfortable. She does hate dogs, the only one of the kittens who hates our dogs…so that will limit her chances a little bit too.
I am bemused by the folks that come to visit her wanting a really social cat, and I have one – Bertie is Mr. Social Party Animal. He’s more like a dog than a cat. He’s also a black cat…they don’t want a black cat. Grrrrr. Going for looks and not the personality that fits for you and your home…not wise.
And so it goes with the adoption process. A very interesting one. The kittens won’t be neutered for three weeks yet, so there’s plenty of time. Someone who looks like a wonderful adopter who wants two kittens is coming to meet the three available (Breezy, Bertie, and Babs) later this week, and we’ll see what he thinks. In the meantime, I’ll keep processing applications…