Adoptable Cat Spotlight - Clementine
Clementine came to the shelter in January 2016 as a stray with fur and skin issues. Her overall nutritional issues led then to stomach sensitivity, which likely explains her early grouchiness. Her health has improved and though she still doesn’t like being picked up, she’s friendly. In 2017 a volunteer fell in love with Clementine and wanted to give her a home but her other cat was an obstacle. She provided us with the following insight into 5-year-old Clementine in the hope that it helps her find a forever home:
When I first met “Clem” she had already been at the shelter for about a year. She was a very scared kitty who had already been through a great deal of trauma in her short life.She stayed in the back corner of her “home” and when approached would only hiss or growl, yet there was something that drew me to her.
Our first real encounter began when I was asked to move her from one “home” to another (one end of the room to the other). I am not sure which one of us was more nervous – me or Clementine.We both came out unscathed and it seemed like that was the day we connected.From this point forward, she embarked on her journey from darkness and fear.
Continuing to make friends with this timid sweetheart was a challenge. She was coming out of her shell and allowing people to get close and pat her, and eventually emerging from her “home” and started to take in her surroundings.When I would come in and say her name she would come to me.
On September 13, 2017, I made the decision to bring her home.It took her a while to come out of hiding, but it was such a great moment when she decided to slip out for a peak.
Clementine lived with me for about 2 ½ months.It was devastating for me to have to bring her back to the shelter.Unfortunately, the older cat that I have at home (which is also a rescue) that I believe has always been an only cat, was not making things easy for Clem. It was unfair for Clem to feel stressed.
Clem is a cat that has a great deal of love to share.It will take a little bit for her to warm up to a new home, but once she does and does not feel threatened, one could not ask for a nicer cat.She is playful, likes to be brushed, loves to lay in the warm sun, watch birds and lay on the couch or sit in a chair with you.In time she will give in to being held but that takes a little while. I think with the right home and person(s) she may become a lap kitty.
She is a cat that does not do well with loud noises, quick movement, or other animals.The place best for her would be a quiet home where she is the only cat, can lay in the sun, be a companion, get brushed, play (loves the laser light and small mice or catnip pouches) and of course be fed.
(Many thanks to Kim for the pictures and video)