Featured Cats of the Month
Meet Daredevil, Zelda and Stormy
Our December featured story is a must read. It involves the unlikely companionship between three cats; Stormy and Daredevil who are about 9 months old and Ms. Zelda who is approaching 2 years old. This heartwarming tail is told by their foster mom.
We rescued Stormy and Daredevil from the streets of South Side Chicago back in June when they were only 3 months old together with their Momma who was already pregnant again. A Good Samaritan was able to successfully trap them, and we immediately took them into our care. Naturally, they were scared, anxious, and not trusting to humans as they only knew the streets as their home. One of the two sweet kitties, Daredevil, grew to trust people quickly and became a love bug; while Stormy kept his distance and continuously hid; trusting no one except his sister Daredevil.
In our home, Stormy would only come out of hiding after we left the room. We knew that he had ventured out because he left a lot of evidence: food bowls emptied, toys scattered about, double the clean-up in the litter box. Oh, and we could hear the two of them playing like maniacs from the living room. Over the course of a few months, Stormy slowly started coming out in our presence but only with his sister Daredevil. He would play a few minutes with toy mice dangling from a wand or push around a cat ball; but if we made a move, Stormy would quickly run under the bed. At times, Stormy would stand off in the corner of the room and watch carefully as we would pet and love on his sister Daredevil; which was difficult for us as we wanted to share that same love with Stormy, but he wouldn’t give us the chance.
As the months flew by, our concerns were growing. We knew Stormy and Daredevil would have to be adopted together due to their profound bond. But, would Stormy ever be friendly enough to give a human a chance? Would we ever be able to find the perfect family for these two that would understand that Stormy might never allow a family to pet and give him the love he so much deserves?
Enters Ms. Zelda. Zelda was a sassy 1 ½ year old female that we rescued from the euthanasia list at CACC in early October. Zelda came to us confused, irritated and brokenhearted. She did not understand the turmoil she was forced to face when her owner surrendered her to CACC.
With no other foster home available, we opened ours to Zelda as well. But we kept Zelda separate since she had not yet been vetted. To put it mildly, Zelda did not like to be alone. She cried continuously. She constantly vocalized for attention, no matter how many toys were at her disposal. However, when we would go into the room to visit she would bite, attack our feet and swing at us with claws out. We patiently tried to gain her confidence and ease her fears. Not wanting to just leave her alone, we resorted to wearing heavier clothing so her bites wouldn’t penetrate the skin and shirts with long sleeves to protect from being scratched. We even wore gloves to try and allow some pets before being attacked. We knew Zelda still had a lot of healing to do and were determined to help her mend and find the way back to accepting love once again.
After several weeks and a full vetting protocol, Zelda showed little progress. She would only trust us long enough to put food down and maybe get a pet or two in before she would start biting again.
Since her rescue, Zelda hadn’t been socialized with any other cats and since she wasn’t particularly fond of humans at this time (probably because they broke her heart), we decided to try introducing Zelda with Daredevil, the friendly outgoing one of the pair. To our surprise, Zelda immediately welcomed the feline company. We started her out with short visits as Stormy still depended heavily on the company and comfort that Daredevil brought him, and he too couldn’t be left alone too long.
Eventually, Stormy was introduced to Zelda and that is when magic happened. No one could have predicted that sassy Ms. Zelda would open her heart so big to welcome Stormy and Daredevil. Soon we started seeing Zelda giving baths to both and playing like she was a kitten again. When we walked in the room we no longer had to wear protective gear. Now every time we go in their room we are welcomed by all three. Each one is begging for their own attention and love. No more biting from Zelda. No more hiding from Stormy. All have been empowered by each other in their own way and have forged their own little “family”. A family that now welcomes humans.
Due to the amazing growth and development in each of these sweet kitties has brought out in each other, we strongly believe that these three would thrive staying a family of three. Surely Zelda, Stormy, and Daredevil would all face a great setback if they were separated. This is not something we come across too often but would like to promote this bonded group to be adopted together. You can visit their profiles on our website as we will be continuing to put up videos of their camaraderie. If you know anyone who has a big heart and home to open up to these 3 babies, please contact one of our adoption counselors at firstname.lastname@example.org
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They are already spayed/neutered, FIV/FeLV tested negative, Avid micro-chipped, de-wormed and has all necessary shots. They are ready to go to a loving home. Adoption fee is $100.00/each. If you have any questions, please EMAIL US.
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