Pet-Peeves: They get a little scared if someone moves too quickly to pet them.
Favorite Toy: String toys, feather toys, anything that dangles.
Favorite Nap Spot: They love any sort of cat bed
Favorite Food: All food.
Arrival Story: Sisters Rene and Mercedes had a rough start to life. Their pregnant mom was abandoned at an apartment complex and they were born outside in the cold and rain. Once little they were weaned, their mom took them to make friends with people who were kind enough to feed her. Rene and Mercedes eventually learned to trust them. It was good to have shelter and food, but they wondered what it would be like to have a real home where they didn't have to worry about bigger cats attacking or, worse yet, the coyotes.
Bio: When Rene first arrived at the shelter, she loved to snuggle. She would make muffins and purr and push her body against you to be as close as possible. But the stress of living in a shelter was too much and she reverted back to her shy ways. So Rene and Mercedes are living in a foster home now. Please call 503-292-6628 option 3 if you are interested in meeting them.
If you'd like to read about how they're doing in their foster home, check out their blog below:
11/16/08: Greetings! I'm the foster mom for Rene and her sister Mercedes. These lovely kitties are currently living in our foster home (a busy family of two adults, two kids and one dog), so they can gain confidence and get more comfortable being around people.
Rene and Mercedes are two of the sweetest kitties you could ever meet. When they first arrived at our home they hid behind the furniture and wouldn't come out unless we left the room. Now they come out of their hiding spots quite regularly, but they are still unsure of themselves and quickly retreat if they are startled.
When I work in my home office the kitties roost nearby and watch me tap away on the computer keyboard. They are not yet comfortable sitting on my lap while I work, but they look at me longingly, like they are wishful for the courage to try.
Rene and Mercedes are not yet keen on being picked up or handled, but if you approach them slowly, they will let you gently pet them. That's when you are in for a big treat. Rene and Mercedes are the softest kitties I've ever touched in my life. I'm not sure if it's their healthy diet or their genetics, but their fur feels like silk!
Last night my daughter had a sleepover with two of her friends. The girls arranged their sleeping bags on the basement playroom that has become Rene and Mercedes living room. The kitties weren't so sure about more noise and activity being added to their domain, but as the lights went out and voices grew softer, the kitties pitter-pattered out of their hiding spots. They slept near the cluster of sleeping bags -- close enough to feel part of the action, but far enough away to feel safe.
Although these two kitties are still unsure of themselves, they both love to play. If they are hiding out, it is easy to find them. All you need to do is drag a piece of yarn across the floor and they loose all sense of inhibition and run after the makeshift toy. They would play non-stop if they could!
I should also mention that both kitties have excellent manners. They are litter box trained and use a scratching post for their nail care. They love a treat of wet food, but are accustomed to a daily diet of kitty kibble.
Although these sisters have really come out of their shell since they first came to our home, they would be much happier in quieter surroundings where they could more quickly learn to trust their people. I will continue to posts updates to this blog until they find the purr-fect home. Hopefully that time will come soon!