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HENRY
Yes, I am actually this cute. Foster mom says you can't get any cuter than me. And I'm sweet as well, and just love to be held. I am here playing with the other kitten here (Jessie) and it's fun. I love toys, I love my food, and I love to be loved and get pets! Get ready to ask about me, as foster mom says I'm just a splendid little guy!
PERSONAL INFO
Name: Henry

(FKA Owen)

ID#: VA10927
Location:  Pennsylvania
Sex: male
Current Age: 1 Yr
Declawed: no
Points: Lynx
DateIn: 07/18/15
Adopted: 08/23/15
Congrats: Pauline
Foster: Jackie

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Notes from Home
Can Henry (previously Owen) possibly have lived with us for six months? It seems both too short a period (hasn't he always been underfoot?) and too long (because he's still such a baby). In the first month or two, he was polite but cautious, as if he assumed that we were just another way station en route to somewhere else. (No doubt he was also missing Jackie, his wonderful foster mother.) Right from the start, however, some things were clear: that he has a mind of his own; that he has a capacity for trouble; that he is the best pillow snuggler ever, and that he loves kisses. He is also the first cat I've had who, when you reach down to stroke him, stretches his head up to meet your hand.

The only member of the household who is not rapturous about Henry is 11 year old dilute tortoiseshell Sophie, who doesn't appreciate that ambushes are a glorious form of entertainment. I spend a lot of time apologizing to her, and Henry has learned to dive under the furniture at first sight of the spray bottle. We'll just call this a work in progress. The pace of ambushes has slackened considerably and after all, it's only been six months!

(Last update: Feb 25th, 2016 4pm)

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PERSONAL INFO
Name:   Kiritsa (Kir-eet-suh)
ID#: VA4248
Location:  Tennessee
Sex: female
Current Age: 17 Yrs
Declawed: no
Points: Domesticshorthair
Date In: 06/17/06
Adopted: 02/24/07
Congrats: Barabara
Foster: Deborah


KIRITSA (KIR-EET-SUH)
UPDATE - I haven't had any mouth problems in over 2 months!!! I think I am finally settling in, and I am doing great. My foster mom put this thing in my room called a Feliway Diffuser, and I think it has helped calm me, because I am feeling a lot more at ease here. That gives me the confidence I need to travel to my forever home, and boy am I ready for that. I may need a little time to feel secure, but once I figure out that you are going to love me FUREVER, I will do just fine. Don't get me wrong, I have always been sweet in my foster home, and have shared lots of love and purrs since arrival, but inside I think I was just so sad from losing my previous family. But, BEWARE, I am a total LAP KITTY! And, PLEASE don't pass over me just because I don't have points like a Siamese. I am the sweetest, most gentle kitty you will ever meet. I am here with my furbrother (a chocolate point Siamese), Hagi, also on the site (can't you tell how much I love him in our picture together). I am very sweet and laid back, and I love to purr, knead, and lay on your chest. I have great litterbox habits, too. I love to be held, and you can carry me around wherever you like. My coat is very soft, my eyes are oh so green. Please give us a chance ... you won't regret it. Hagi and I come together as a pair.
Notes from Home
2/24/16: Kiritsa is still doing quite well, for a 16 year old short hair kitty. She eats well, and the "plumbing" is working fine, except for occasional accidents. Yet she has become quite bony, and more fragile, and often cries out, for no apparent reason, except that she is by herself. When I go to check on her, the crying stops, and she starts purring as soon as I pick her up. What is most fortunate is that she and Darwin, her "new" companion of 2 years, have bonded nicely. He is only 4, and much more energetic, so he often overwhelms her with his enthusiasm for play etc. Yet she still seeks him out and asks for him to groom her, which is does.

2/26/14: Kiritsa lost her lifelong companion, Hagi, last summer. She missed him so much! But she also became much closer to me, and even more affectionate. Occasionally her mouth still becomes inflamed and she needs an injection of Depo, but not as often as before. She still has a good appetite. Last month I adopted another kitty, Darwin - a very sweet 2 year old black striped tabby. Kiritsa did not take to him right away, but is gradually beginning to accept him. Today, they were able to sleep on my lap at the same time, until I needed to get up. Then she decided to hiss at him. Oh well, Darwin takes it all in stride. He knows how to tip-toe around her. I think (hope) they will eventually become friends.

3/12/12: Last June, Kiritsa had all her teeth pulled. Her mouth inflammation was not clearing up, and this was a last resort. She has recovered from the surgery and now is eating pâté instead if kibble, and is doing well - pretty much back to her old self. She still loves to go for walks outside, with her harness and leash. And she and Hagi are still bosom buddies. I am very grateful that she is as sweet as ever.

2/25/11: Kiritsa is still my sweet and cuddly one.
Unlike her housemate Hagi, she only plays occasionally, preferring to sit
and watch. But she is the most curious of my two cats, always snooping into
closets and tight places. Occasionally I have unwittingly closed a closet
door on her, not knowing she had walked in. Once she was in the bathroom
closet for several hours. I had been away from the house for much of the
day, and when she did not come to greet me at the door as usual, I became
concerned. So I searched the house, and finally heard her high pitched meow
from the bathroom closet. I opened the door and she charged out. However,
even that experience has not kept her away from closets.
Kiritsa still has chronic mouth inflammation. This winter, the vet
removed two of her right molars - one upper and one lower - in hopes that it
would help. She gets regular antibiotic shots, as the Vet does not want to
give her the Depo shots unless the inflammation gets really bad. She also
has some food sensitivities, and occasionally a meal she has eaten will come
back up.
But she is still assertive, and when she wants something, she lets me
know with her endearing high pitched meow. She is so affectionate with
Hagi, who is thrilled by this attention. When they've had enough of each
other, she certainly holds her own with him during their daily scuffles -
and usually gets the upper hand when Hagi is being too cozy. But they do
love each other, and snuggle up together almost every night for several
hours.
They are such a wonderful addition to my home.

2/25/15
I can't believe that Kiritsa is now 15 years old. And that it has been so long since my last update. Much has happened. A couple of years ago, she had surgery to have all her teeth removed, to help stop the inflammation of her mouth. She still has needed occasional Depo shots, but in the past year the inflammation has subsided. She still eats well, although she has become a very sloppy eater of her wet food. She still can eat kibble and loves her treats. And she still loves sitting in my lap and on my bed.
Her beloved life-long cat friend Hagi died almost 2 years ago, and she missed him terribly. She would call for him, especially at night. Several months later, I braved adopting a new cat - a black tabby named Darwin. At first, Kiritsa was furious, and hissed all the time. But Darwin was very patient, and persistent. After about 4 months, she accepted him, and now they are good friends. She goes to him for a cuddle, and to have her face licked. Often they snuggle up together. They love sitting together on the window sill in the sun. However, Darwin loves to eat, including eating her food. So I need to keep them separated by a gate for part of the day and all night, so Kiritsa can graze her food in leisure.
We are all doing fine, and during these cold wintry months we love watching the birds and squirrels go after the seed I throw out on the patio.

(Last update: Feb 24th, 2016 12pm)

HENRY
I was born in a backyard to a gentleman's cat and I didn't get much human interaction in the beginning. But boy, I'm making up for that now! Meowmy says I'm sweet, cuddly and so loving. I flop to get belly rubs and snuggle right up under her chin. I purr and purr and make lots and lots of biscuits. I may need a little time and patience to adjust in my furever home, but I will be so worth it.

Of course, I am energetic and playful. Afters all, I am a KITTEN and a BOY!!! I MUST have a like minded kitten or cat in my future home. A gentle, but playful girl would probably be best.

Purrs,

Henri
PERSONAL INFO
Name: Henry

(FKA Henri)

ID#: VA10906
Location:  Virginia
Sex: male
Current Age: 1 Yr
Declawed: no
Points: Lynx
DateIn: 07/11/15
Adopted: 08/08/15
Congrats: Alexandra
Foster: Nancy



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Notes from Home
It has been over six months since Henry came home and things are fantastic. He is a big boy now, weighing in at 11.5 lbs! Henry is a gentle soul and loves to snuggle with Mom and Dad. He would love to snuggle with his sister, Zoey, as well but she still won't let him. However, they do play together and enjoy being close to their humans. Henry still has a lot of energy and loves to run around and play with all of his toys. He is very vocal, too! If there ever was a perfect cat, Henry is it!




It has been one month since Henry came home and we couldn't be happier! Henry is the sweetest, most affectionate cat I have ever met. He is very vocal and playful, and is very well behaved. He is very brave when people come to visit and often warms up to them relatively quickly. He is very eager to play with his new sister Zoey, and she is slowly warming up to him. He has a very healthy appetite and is growing into a big boy! He is such a joy and we are so grateful to SCRC for making his adoption possible. He was the perfect fit for our family.

Henry shares an Instagram account with his sister @zoey_cannoli_stromboli where we post lots of pictures and updates!

(Last update: Feb 23rd, 2016 7pm)


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PERSONAL INFO
Name: Gracie

(FKA Pursi)

ID#: VA9060
Location:  Virginia Center
Sex: female
Current Age: 6 Yrs
Declawed: no
Points: Blue
Date In: 02/09/13
Adopted: 02/23/13
Congrats: Bunny
Foster: Siri


This cat is not suitable for children under the age of 5 (ie 5 and over is OK). This is typically a cat that is shy and a child might scare it, or one that has a potential to bite or play too hardNot with kids under 5
This cat will not tolerate being with a female cat. This is usually a female cat.Not with Female Cats
GRACIE
Sweeeeeeet! Check out my first video, they don't come more easy going than this :)
Notes from Home
Just a note from Gracie (f/k/a Pursi) to everyone who helped get her to her furrever home !! She is adjusting remarkably well, and loves her new windowseat birdwatching perch. We absolutely adore her. Thank you so much... Bunny & Jack

August, 2013. Gracie is just the sweetest kitty. Hardly even know she is around unless she begins making her little noises when playing. It takes both of us to keep up with Caspian as Gracie runs him up and down the hall for exercise and then they lay down for a nap. They play very well together and am so glad that I adopted 2 !!

February, 2016: Hello everyone ! Gracie Simoneau here ... so, Monique reminded us that I've been in my forever home for three years TODAY. WooHoo! Time surely flies when you are having fun. I have totally adapted to my household duties of keeping everyone on schedule (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and of supervising my brother (Caspien, the wedgie). I am also in charge of making sure my people get up in the morning by rattling the door or tumbling with my brother. Love it here and think I'll stay !!

(Last update: Feb 23rd, 2016 4pm)

YAHTO
I'm a kind of shy guy and need some time to get to know you before I start to purr. But foster mom thinks I'll get braver as I start to grow. I am pretty little and everyone else is so much bigger!
PERSONAL INFO
Name:   Yahto
ID#: VA10814
Location:  North Carolina
Sex: male
Current Age: 1 Yr
Declawed: no
Points: Blue
DateIn: 06/06/15
Adopted: 08/10/15
Congrats: Lisa
Foster: Nancy


This cat is not suitable for children under the age of 5 (ie 5 and over is OK). This is typically a cat that is shy and a child might scare it, or one that has a potential to bite or play too hardNot with kids under 5

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Notes from Home
Look at what a big boy I am already...or really, I'm a "little man" as mom likes to call me. I like to sit up on the couch like my people and watch the game!! I am a lover boy and a chow hound all rolled into one. Mom thought I might be a talker, but now I just trill all the time. Except that I HAVE learned to say "wand" because I just can't get enough of that toy and make sure my people know it every day! I love all and I know how to work an adoring look. Even my slightly grumpy sister gets a few kisses when she is sleeping ;-) I make her chase me and wrestle too, even though she might rather be sleeping. But she can't help herself and has to get in on the action when the wand comes out! When the action is done, I LOVE to cuddle and I am sooooo mellow and easy going. I just want to be near my people wherever they are...and a few snacks 'n' toys of course!
(Last update: Feb 22nd, 2016 12pm)


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PERSONAL INFO
Name:   Wetzel
ID#: VA9812
Location:  South Carolina
Sex: male
Current Age: 5 Yrs
Declawed: no
Points: Seal
Date In: 01/17/14
Adopted: 02/22/14
Congrats: Erin
Foster: Debra


WETZEL
Hi it's me Wetzel! I was out living on the streets got picked up and landed in a gold mine. I just got here but once I get settled I will you know more about how fabulous I am.
Notes from Home
1 month - Wetzel is settling right in. He loves to have his whiskers rubbed, and will hold my hand in his paws to rub his face all over my fingers. He's such a sweetie! He's a roller and will just flop down and rollover whether it's on the hardwood floor or the carpet. He talks a little when he wants attention or is looking for his sister, Savilla. He loves playing with his sister and the rest of us in the family.

6 months - Wetzel is doing well. He had some skin issues when we first got him and we had to put him on a prescription diet for a couple months to see if it was a food allergy. He was on an antibiotic and steroid for the sores on his body that he would lick obsessively. The medicine helped and the dermatologist found that he didn't have a food allergy, so we are keeping an eye on environmental factors that could be affecting him. Wetzel still has outbreaks of his skin condition, but it hasn't gotten as bad as it was when we first got him. He's a good eater and very playful. He's our talker and lets us know when he's hungry or wants to play. He's such a sweetie and loves attention from everyone.

1 year - Wetzel is doing great! He still has some sort of skin condition due to allergies, but nothing as bad as when we first got him. He went for his annual checkup at the vets and is healthy and happy. He loves playing with his stuffed animals and the belts from our robes. He also loves people's feet and will hold them to rub his face all over your toes. :-) He's a sweetie just like his sister, Savilla.

2 year - Wetzel is doing great! He is happy and healthy. We've found that he really likes to eat cooked broccoli and other vegetables. He has become really good with letting me clip his nails. We are happy to have him as a part of our family.

(Last update: Feb 22nd, 2016 11am)

SAVILLA
I am a very pretty seal point girl who was living on the streets with my brothers. I am very sweet and love to be petted. It is hard to get a picture of me because I am rubbing against everything I see. I have the legs of supermodel and just love to make biscuits even when standing up.
PERSONAL INFO
Name:   Savilla
ID#: VA9802
Location:  South Carolina
Sex: female
Current Age: 4 Yrs
Declawed: no
Points: Seal
DateIn: 01/10/14
Adopted: 02/22/14
Congrats: Erin
Foster: Debra



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Notes from Home
1 month - Savilla is adjusting well to her new home. She is eating well and loves playing with her brother and our two daughters. She loves rubbing on everyone's legs and follows us around house. She likes to be close to all the action, so if she hears people or new sounds, she can't resist to check it out. She just started sleeping on the bed with my husband and I, so I can tell she's feeling more and more at home with us all. We couldn't be happier. :-)

6 months - Savilla is doing well and is fitting right in with our family. She loves kids and lets them pet her more than adults. She sleeps with us at night and is very curious about the sounds she hears from outside while sitting in the window. She likes to roll onto her back when she's on the ground near a wall and stay there with her belly showing. Both her brother and her love sunbathing on our hardwood floors in the morning. She lets her brother do all the talking, but will let you know if she is playing and wants some attention. She's very affectionate in the morning when our daughters wake up. She purrs real loud and wants us to rub her whiskers and neck the most.

1 year - Savilla is doing great! She had her annual check-up at the vets and she's healthy and happy. :-) We're so glad to have her a part of our family.

2 year - Savilla is doing great! She is healthy and happy and provides so much love and affection to everyone in our family, especially the kids.

(Last update: Feb 22nd, 2016 11am)


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PERSONAL INFO
Name:   Heidi
ID#: VA10481
Location:  New Hampshire
Sex: female
Current Age: 2 Yrs
Declawed: no
Points: Lynx
Date In: 11/23/14
Adopted: 01/03/15
Congrats: Karen
Foster: Mary


HEIDI
Dear Santa....

foster Mary thought that perhaps if I write to you my wish to have a home of my own might come true.
So here is my letter for the North Pole.
All I want for Christmas is a forever home of my own. Well that and food, toys, love, adoration, and a patient adopter.

Thank you Santa and Dear Potential Adopter

Yours Truly

Heidi
Notes from Home
My Heidi is very happy and so am I . I have a very amazing intelligent creature with her many wonderful talents. I love her character and she loves to talk very social and very docile in nature. Play , Play is her motto and Lovey Dovey she is!! Thank-you Siamese Rescue for all you have doen to make me so very happy!!!

"I just want to say I am so happy in my furrrever home

(Last update: Feb 22nd, 2016 7am)

SASSY
Well that took long enough to get my portfolio completed! I'm settling in very well, a quiet gal, looking for a deep relationship with someones!
PERSONAL INFO
Name: Sassy

(FKA Ms. Sassy)

ID#: VA10690
Location:  Virginia Center
Sex: female
Current Age: 6 Yrs
Declawed: no
Points: Seal
DateIn: 04/04/15
Adopted: 04/18/15
Congrats: Jane M.
Foster: Siri


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Notes from Home
Tomorrow (5/16/15) will be Sassy’s four-week anniversary as a member of our family and she is settling in nicely, albeit with some valleys to go with the hills.

On 5/12/15, Sass had her wellness visit with her new vet and she is in great shape. She was a perfect patient during the visit, received her rabies shot, and will return in a year for her annual check-up.

In 25 years of having Siamese cats in our lives, Sassy is the only cat to come to us as an adult (she turned five on May 1) and we were not sure how this would affect her initial adjustment. We’ve found that the only discernable difference is in accepting (or not) a periodic claw trim. The cats who started life with us as kittens, quickly grew accustomed to a skillful (if I do say so, myself) claw clip but so far, I’ve had to bide my time (hopefully to when she’s dozing), then clip a single claw (not always possible), then wait until the next opportunity.

In other areas, Sass has come along very well, eating (she’s switched herself to dry-only Wilderness duck), drinking appropriate amounts of water, using her two litter boxes and her hundred-and-two scratching posts. She sleeps in our bed almost every night, for at least part of the night, as she wishes. Strangely, she is not partial to any of a variety of cat beds (fleece, Millie, ‘other’), preferring to doze either on our bed or on a carpeted floor. We’re fairly certain that eventually, when she is no longer at all nervous about anything in her surroundings, she’ll enjoy sleeping on our living room sofa and may even decide to give one or another of the beds a second try. She has also stayed away from the tall, multi-cradle cat tree but here, again, we’re fairly confident that one day, when her environment is no long scary in any way, we will find her ensconced there. Our other cats loved the tree so much that they tried to climb up while we were removing the wrapping! Sassy has done a bit of lap-sitting but was too nervous to pursue it. From Day One, she’s enjoyed lots and lots of looking out of windows and in the last few days, has shown a continuing interest in a variety of toys, mainly catnip mice and other toy hapless creatures, which she disembowels, dominates, and carries from room to room in her mouth. Until yesterday, no toy interested her in the slightest. Progress!

She is becoming more and more relaxed with me, frequently coming to me when I offer my hand to sniff or even call her name; head-butting and winding herself around my legs. She welcomes attention from me, purring as I hold her head and even stretches out for the occasional tummy rub. She is far less social with David (who always had a fine relationship with our other cats) and more often than not, runs for cover when he comes near. We doubt that Sassy was ever ‘abused,’ but we suspect that she had a frightening encounter with a male at some time in her past. This, too, will pass – eventually. Meanwhile, David continues to talk to her, pat her when permitted, and generally act as though he knows all’s well between them.

Pictures to follow (when I learn how to upload them).
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A day over six weeks with us and Sassy’s making wonderful progress in settling in – baby steps but lots of them.

Our bedroom, which started out being home base, is now just one base of several for her and she’s more and more at ease as she trots into various rooms, finds a window to look out of, a food bowl to snack from with water as a chaser, a scratching board to work with, or -- as of just three days ago -- a tall cat tree with three commodious cradles at different levels. In the past few weeks, we saw her noticing it (and perhaps recognizing it for what it is) but not yet nearly brave enough to do more than sharpen her claws on the sisal/carpet portions of its ‘trunk,’ at floor level. We never pressured her to go further and a few nights ago, there she was, in the lowest cradle, sniffing it hesitantly, then standing on it, and finally, gingerly settling down and staying there for an hour or more, changing positions on and off but obviously comfortable. It’s now a regular part of her day and we’re waiting for her to discover the higher cradles which all our previous (now ‘late’) cats loved.

Sass is increasingly social with me and, especially if I show her her brush, will come trotting over for brushing, head-holding, and tummy-rubbing (and of course, lots of talk from me). The brush isn’t a hard-and-fast requirement and more and more often, when she sees me coming near, she’ll stretch herself into a hugely long kitty, expose her tum and meow or purr for “The Usual,” which I’m always happy to supply. I’m still working on getting those claws trimmed but even this is somewhat easier, although still a ‘one-claw-and-done’ event. By the time I get them all done, it’ll be time to start over again but I can see that she finds the process to be annoying but not terrifying.

And she is coming to see that David is really not very scary at all. She’ll let him walk past her without scampering away, and has taken to coming to him, head- or body-bumping him, then retreating to sit just a few inches off. Very brave; more successful baby steps.

Still not confident about uploading pix so must resort to 'text, only.' As a sidebar to the general subject of pictures, Sass’ one problem in all photos is that because her eyes are somewhat hooded, she comes off looking quite dour and unfriendly. Not at all the case. If only we could tell her to say, ‘Cheese.’

Happy June, everyone!
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Sassy's ten-week anniversary with us,this past Saturday, June 27, '15, and she's making steady progress in adjustment. Baby steps but lots and lots of them. She now uses the cat tree regularly (and it took her several weeks to overcome her fear of it). Recently, she's been lumbering up on my lap and settling down there for an hour or more, each evening and also enjoying lounging on the sofa, between David and me. Panics if we pick her up -- so we don't -- but comes over when offered a hand to sniff (to remind her who we are). She loves looking out any open window (secure screens in place on all) and is wild about being brushed! Amazingly, as she lolled on the couch, one evening, last week, I calmly picked up a rear foot and, talking to her the while, clipped all the claws!

She is less 'sassy' than any cat we have ever known and I'm still tempted to change her name to Cookie but she's had two names (that we know of), already ('Ms. Sassy' at the shelter and Siamese Rescue, then, 'Sassy,' with us) and 'Sassy' is now on all her documentation (Siamese Rescue's; her vet's office; Reunite, the microchip data base). The fact that she isn't sassy shouldn't bother me any more than the fact that Vandy, our long-ago, late domestic longhair, wasn't a Vandal.

She has had a recurrence of the chin acne that afflicted her when she came to Siamese Rescue but we contacted our vet as soon as we noticed it and he has prescribed for it.

We are delighted with this pussy cat who has had a rough time of it, watching her gain confidence in her environment and trust in her humans.

Thanks to the huge Siamese Rescue team who brought her to us, in Brookline, Mass. Later in the summer, she'll spend a week with us on Cape Cod.

Finally, some pix to attach, with hopes that I've got the upload process right

More news when there is some.
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At six months with us, five year old Sassy’s adjustment continues. Her progress was initially hindered by the necessity of medicating her for the reoccurrence of the feline acne which plagued her when she first came to Siamese Rescue from a public shelter. She was clear at the time we adopted her. As we knew it might, within a month, the problem reappeared and for several months, our vet at Angell Animal Medical Center (the medical arm of MSPCA), treated her, first with Duoxo Spot On, later with Tresaderm. He also had us eliminate as much plastic as possible from her life (changing her water and food bowls to china), and changed her diet to Royal Canin Rabbit and Peas, both moist and dry (she loves both versions). The acne improved but was still present and at our vet’s suggestion, we made an appointment for a consultation with the feline dermatologist at Angell.

Ultimately, the strain of being given meds twice a day, every day was affecting Sass’ adjustment so adversely that we asked whether it would be medically safe to give her prednisone, in the very short term, to allow us to halt the daily medications which were having such a bad effect on her adjustment to life with us -- just until her dermatology appointment, scheduled for six weeks later. (We know how dangerous prednisone is, in the long term.) Our vet prescribed a two-week course of oral prednisone, the last dose of which was given one month before Sass’ dermatology appointment.

At this writing, one month after the last oral prednisone dose, Sass has been clear for quite a while, so clear, in fact, that we re-scheduled her appointment with the dermatologist to December, as she is presently asymptomatic. We know it might return and are prepared to deal with whatever comes.

We have read that stress can be a factor in feline acne. In the weeks since we ceased medicating Sass – with a stressful chase twice a day -- her adjustment has improved to the point where we can almost say that she has begun to blossom, starting to become the cat she was meant to be.

As to her social/emotional adjustment: First and foremost, she has never struck a blow in anger. Initially, when she first came to us, she almost phobic of being picked up – and to this day, I almost never do so, however, on the rare occasions when I do lift her up, she has now come to the point where she will object with her almost inaudible non-Siamese voice but for a few seconds, will refrain from struggling, looking around at the view from the human. After those few seconds have passed, she will not bite or scratch (except accidentally, as she pushes off from my arms) but she will struggle strenuously to get down. As with all other ‘problems,’ we never press her. We see improvement here and it’s now quite obvious that although she continues to dislike being picked up and/or carried, she is no longer terrified. Our attempts at claw-trimming are so stressful for her that we now have the trimming done at a tech appointment at Angell, approximately once a month. Sass behaves perfectly at these sessions. All of our previous cats came to us as kittens and so were totally accustomed to manicures with me.

At the other end of the sociability spectrum, she sometimes sleeps in our bed with us and some evenings, as the two of us sit on the living room sofa, she quite often appears, jumps up and carefully settles down on my lap. At times, she will stretch herself out to her full length, asking for a tummy rub, and she hugely enjoys gentle under-chin and jaw line massages. She gives signs that she wants to socialize and generally feels good about her life with us. Head butts are now routine and we’ll simply follow her lead as we go along.

Sass greatly enjoys looking out of any of the many windows and on occasion seats herself next to a closed Venetian blind. We take the hint and open it for her. She has generally paid little or no attention to any toys, although this has improved somewhat and she has one favorite BFF white mouse which she sometimes carries around with her.

Sadly, after ‘discovering’ the wonderful cat tree in our living room, close to a window, and spending several days enjoying it in June, she hasn’t used the tree in easily four months, a pity, as it provided so much pleasure to our previous cats. As with all other things, we do not press her. It may happen, yet.

We’ve seen slow but definite improvement on all fronts and will continue to let Sass progress at her own pace. She’s our girl and has had a rough time of it. We wish we knew what her pre-shelter life was like but that won’t happen. Somewhere along the way, someone destroyed most of her self-confidence and courage. We want to help her get them back.

Thanks to everyone at SCRC for giving us this wonderful lady with the incredibly soft shiny brown fur.
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February 20, 2016:
We celebrated Sass’ ten-month adoption anniversary two days ago, on February 18 and it’s been a memorable ten months, filled with a million baby steps toward becoming the happy, healthy, confident and sociable cat she was meant to be. Sass was a bundle of miscellaneous fears when she came to us and throughout, we’ve proceeded on a ‘Go-Slow’ basis which is paying off beautifully. Within the last two months, especially, she has made wonderful interpersonal progress with both David and me and now spends large portions of most evenings on the living room sofa with us, on my lap, or David’s lap, or in the fleece bed (on the sofa) which she rejected for virtually nine of the ten months that she’s been with us. When she first came to us, she was flat-out terrified of being picked up – so for the most part, we didn’t, while very slowly picking her up on rare occasions for very brief periods (measured in seconds). One day, I picked her up and was astounded to find that, rather than struggle to get away, she purred and rubbed her head against my arms as I held her. The door bell with send her scampering for cover but when our (adult) elder son, Rog, stops by, rather than ring, he calls us when he’s at our door, we open the door for him, with no scary bell (guess telephones don’t count), Sass doesn’t feel compelled to flee, and he greets her as he enters. So far, she has become brave enough to allow him to approach her and give her his hand to sniff. Her acne never completely goes away – and we suspect that it will always be with her to some extent – but she does well on and enjoys her diet of Hill’s z/d and is being well cared for by the feline dermatologist at Angell Animal Medical Center (fka Angell Memorial), the medical arm of MSPCA, in Boston, just ten minutes or so from our home in Brookline. Her General Medicine vet is also in practice there.

Finally, I must report the most terrifying 24 hours we have ever experienced: In our condo’s large parking lot, just about to load Sass’ SCRC carrier (with her in it) into the back of our Honda, to drive to her appointment with her vet, we set the carrier on the ground, preparatory to clearing one last bit of space on the back seat. In a millisecond, the hinge side of the carrier’s grill door came open and the last thing we saw was Sass, in warp drive, running this way and that in the lot in 20º temperature with snow and ice on the ground! In 26 years of cat ownership, we have never, ever lost a cat, as all our cats are indoor-only (as Sass is). An army of friends/neighbors helped in the search; our son, Rog, drove in from his home in the suburbs and he and our dear friend and neighbor-across-the-hall, Linda, must have covered half of Brookline (slight exaggeration) with flyers; we contacted all the appropriate agencies and institutions, and I searched the single-car garages which ring the parking lot, over and over again, in the wee hours and before I left for work, early the next morning. No snow that night but temps in the single digits; the coldest night of the year. Sass has no collar but is microchipped.

WE GOT HER BACK! Linda, who has never owned a cat, suggested (naively, we were sure) that we leave the door to our building’s outer vestibule open and place food, water, and a bed in the vestibule. I told Linda that Sass was an indoor-only cat and surely had no cognitive map which would help her get home from the parking lot, two blocks from our building, having seen the outdoors only through the bars of her carrier. Nevertheless, almost to humor Linda, we did as she suggested. The next morning: nothing The following afternoon, as David and I were sitting in the waiting room of the Honda dealership, waiting for an oil change, my cell phone rang and there was a picture of a cool, calm, and collected Sassy, lounging in the fleece bed in the vestibule of our building. Linda had found her there, a few minutes earlier and brought the bed – with Sass in it – into the secure inner vestibule – and Sass had not shied away from her whom she knew only slightly. Linda’s husband, Richard, came to pick us up from Honda (our own car was still being serviced) and ten minutes later Sass walked into her home and settled down as though she’d never been away. We’ll never know, of course, but we wonder whether she might have been an indoor-outdoor cat in her first five years, before she came to us, and so might have developed some outdoor cognitive mapping skills. We don’t ascribe the happy ending to anything ‘woo-woo’ and just consider ourselves (and Sass) to have been darned lucky. We had offered a $100 reward for Sass’ safe return and, of course Linda would not accept it so sometime soon, David and I will take the four of us out to dinner at Boston’s Top of the Hub, instead.

We have three new pix assuming I can upload them. Apologies if they don't accompany this report; I'll re-learn and include with my next one...

Best to all of you,
Jane and David and Sass







(Last update: Feb 20th, 2016 6pm)


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PERSONAL INFO
Name:   Evelyn
ID#: VA2250
Location:  Virginia
Sex: female
Current Age: 13 Yrs
Declawed: no
Points: Tortie
Date In: 08/28/03
Adopted: 10/05/03
Congrats: Parker
Foster: Barbara


EVELYN
Pull out a drawer and I'll have a seat. I can make myself comfortable anyplace. Im sweet, lovable, pretty, and quite the little athlete. Right now my favorite toys are Heard that Bird and a ratty ol mousy toy (no pun intended) with a noisemaker thing inside. I get along fine with the resident cats but also would do well as your one and only girl. I am a good eater, not fussy (but if youd like to grill me up some chicken, that would be fine), and I have excellent litter box habits. I like to sleep on the foster beans feet at night and follow her around during the day, purring loudly. Ask the foster bean for more information, and she'll no doubt gush about how wonderful I am. Foster: Barbara. Congrats Parker in CT!
Notes from Home
Evelyn, now known as "Cookies", is our little fairy. She has been a delight since day one. She is beautiful, affectionate, talkative, and funny. (She squeak and trills like a "moo-can" when you pick her up.) She is so friendly she follows workmen all over the house, and she has never met a lap she didn't like. She's about as close to perfect as a cat can be. We love her so much we can't imagine life without her!

2/20/16- Cookies is well and going strong. She did develop asthma along the way, but she lets me administer her meds with the "Aerokat" inhaler with minimal fuss every day. She is a heat/lap-seeking cuddle monster, and still my little ambassador who greets everyone who comes by. She is a special little girl who continues to bring happiness and love to my house.

(Last update: Feb 20th, 2016 6pm)

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