American Shorthair
Picture of Bruce, a female American Shorthair

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Home:Oakland, CA  
Age: 9 Years   Sex: Female

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Kitty Complexion:
sleepyvery active
not curiousvery curious
not vocalvery vocal

Quick Bio:
-part feral-cat rescue

September 22nd 2006

Tortoiseshell Tabby

feather toy, red laser, mouse on a string, playing Kitty Smackdown with Ninjai, pouncing out at passing feet (no claws on people though! she's smart!)

Favorite Toy:
feather toy, her sister Ninjai

Favorite Nap Spot:
butterfly chair, Jovino's lap

Favorite Food:
innova evo crunchies (high quality dry - she'll occasionally eat canned but the crunchies are her fave)

smart! sweet! fast!


Arrival Story:
Bruce (a fierce and intelligent tiger/torbi kitty) and her three sisters were born wild near the Cow Palace in San Francisco in late September 2006. They were brought to SF Animal Control as tiny kittens, not even walking yet. The shelter was full and the staff person said they would have to be "put down" (they also had eye infections and ringworm - ringworm alone is a capital offence at AC.) A foster mom who happened to be there said she would take them. The foster mom had several other foster kitties and was not home for most of the day, so my good friend Carole took them. Carole kept them in a shoe box and hand fed them for some time until they got bigger. She patiently treated the eye infections and the ringworm. It is no exaggeration to say that she saved their lives (as did the foster mom who rescued them from SF Animal Control! I am extremely grateful to them both.) When it was time to give the kitties up for adoption, she was nearly heartbroken at the prospect of losing such special kittens, so she posted a note to a mailing list that I am on. I was grieving the loss of Pounce, my 20 year old grey cat, to my ex, who had recently convinced me that Pounce was too old to relocate to live with me as I had hoped. The timing was (almost) perfect. When I read Carole's email, I knew I had to adopt two of these amazing kittens! I spent several days jumping through hoops, first at Animal Control and then the SPCA where they were later sent (and waiting while they were spayed, chipped, etc.) I wound up with Bruce and her sister Ninjai, who have been utterly delightful and brought so much joy and love into my life! (One of the kittens did not survive, and the third was separated from these two as she needed a longer course of ringworm treatment. Sadly, I was not able to take all three of them, but I know the third kitten was quickly adopted from the SFSPCA and I am sure she is safe and well loved in her new home.) Carole helped me (and the kittens) once again, caring for them for four days while I went to an out of town sale that is one of the biggest annual events for my small business. She is so kind and generous and her efforts on behalf of my darling kittens were much appreciated!

Bruce is a fast, clever, and energetic hunter - the feather toy and "mouse-on-a-string" do not stand a chance when she is on the prowl! Only the red laser dot escapes her (how does it do that?!) Her feral instincts are clear. However she is also very well socialized and (unless she is startled) she never sinks her claws into us. She also loves to sit on our laps and purr. She's an awesome kitten, who is growing into a fine cat. I feel so fortunate to have her! Bruce was featured on I Can Has Cheezeburger!

Lives Remaining:
7 of 9

Forums Motto:
she's fast, she's smart, she rocks!

Bruce (who is a girl) is named after my dear friend, Allison Bruce Lange, also known as Alleycat. Allison died suddenly in December 2006, a few weeks before I adopted Bruce and her sister Ninjai. I feel that Bruce is a great name for a cat, and like her namesake, Bruce is smart, wild, loving, and I am proud to know her as she makes her own path through life. The name actually fits her quite well!

I've Been On Catster Since:
March 4th 2007 More than 9 years!

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