Skittish to Unabashed Love Muffins!
Dali was 4 months when Regina met him hiding under the bed at his foster home. “I knew …I was going to be rescuing a cat”, Regina said. She had been searching for rescue organizations in the City and decided ACR was the best place to find her cat companion. “I liked…that ACR had descriptions of their cats up on the website”.
But, Dali hid all the time Regina was there. “So we didn’t actually get to meet him”, she says laughing. “But I saw his little moustache peaking out from under the bed and it was love”. Despite Dali’s initial shyness, it was smooth sailing integrating him into Regina’s home. “He plays fetch like a dog and insists Regina throw his toy. This can go on for hours”, she smiles wryly. And when Regina is entertaining guests Dali presents his belly for rubbing. “He doesn’t have a shy bone in him anymore”, she laughs.
Dali won me over with his moustache!
Initially, Regina didn’t want a kitten thinking they were too high energy and high maintenance. “Dali won me over with his moustache”, she sighs. But after a while she thought it best Dali had a companion. “I felt that he may get lonely during the day when we’re out of the house”, Regina recalls. She contacted ACR once again and settled on Picasso. He also hid under the bed at his foster home the whole time she was there to get acquainted. “So we didn’t get to really meet him till he came out from under the bed at our house.. a few days after we got him”, Regina remembers.
Picasso took longer to settle in!
Picasso took longer to settle into Regina’s home. He refused to leave his room for most of the time and fought endlessly with Dali. But, she understood from the ACR that some rescue cats come from “harsh backgrounds and their suspicion of humans and other animals is a survival strategy.” Regina persisted in feeding and playing with both Dali and Picasso together. “Doing everything in my power to build up Picasso’s confidence”, Regina says triumphantly. Picasso is still cautious and gets spooked sometimes. But, “he likes to sit in the same room as our guests and observe”, she says. Picasso’s curious quirk is curving his back and falling when he wants to rub up against you. “Sometimes he lands on my leg, sometimes he lands on the floor. It’s pretty hilarious.” Regina says. Now, Picasso and Dali are best friends. They sleep together, groom each other and play. Regina is really happy she persevered. “Companionship is important”, she says
They make everything lively!
Regina’s life has changed since Dali and Picasso joined her family. “They make everything lively”, she says. She looks forward to coming home to two cats meowing in the window. “It’s cute!” Regina never entertained the idea of getting a cat from a pet store. “I had a home for a cat. It seemed like the perfect arrangement.”
Adopting rescue cats rewarding!
Overall, she has found the experience of adopting rescue cats rewarding. And urges people to take responsibility for their care beyond basic feeding and play. “One meeting with a cat isn’t really a good indicator of what they are really like. It’s only after a few weeks of living with a cat do you see their real personality”, Regina adds.
“People don’t adopt the cats that are very skittish/shy. But both of my cats started out that way and I’ve built up their confidence so you wouldn’t know that they started out at a point where they were too scared to meet us.” Regina’s commitment to loving and caring for Dali and Picasso reflects a key sentiment of ACR’s mission statement. “Patient socialization helps even the most skittish cat bloom into an unabashed love muffin.”
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