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Charlie: a whole lot of cute with a side of catitude
Some things are worth the wait — things like breaking in a favorite pair of jeans, making a house a home, discovering the perfect local spot to enjoy coffee and, of course, finding just the right humans for the homeless pets and horses at the Dumb Friends League. In fact, it could be argued that anything worth having is worth waiting for, and that is true for sweet Charlie.
In May, Charlie arrived at the Buddy Center in Castle Rock. Charlie’s human explained that soon after their 16-year-old dog passed away, they adopted Charlie and had her for about six months. The family also had a 14-year-old pup who was diagnosed with kidney failure, and as her health was declining, her care was increasing, which left little time to work and spend with Charlie.
League intake staff learned that Charlie was admittedly cute and liked attention and pets until she didn’t. When Charlie was done, she was done. This self-assured kitty was known to nip at hands when she was ready to move on, but she never broke skin. Charlie was a surprise nipper in the sense that there was no warning when she decided she had enough. Her nip was her warning. While this frisky feline is not quite 3-years old, she has a distinct personality and knows what she wants. It’s good to be self-assured and especially at such a young age!
Sometimes, cat owners aren’t sure why their cats, who are friendly and content one minute, may suddenly bite and scratch them the next. These cats are overstimulated, which isn’t a form of aggression even though the response can feel that way—and this behavior is normal and manageable. All cats can become overstimulated, but their reactions can vary based on their frustration level and/or how much they tolerate being petted or held. No matter the response, it’s a clear sign that the cat has had enough. When you know your cat’s signals, life for both of you becomes easier!
Charlie enrolled in the League’s Feline Fortitude Behavioral program, which uses positive reinforcement training to help cats overcome challenges such as fear, overstimulation, body handling issues or frustration. And, after the initial sessions, Charlie made progress, but she had her sessions extended. That’s OK because sometimes it takes a little bit longer to get the hang of things! By the time Charlie graduated, she arched into pets, stretched into touches, and while she flinched a bit when pets moved down her spine, there was little to no behavior escalation. Charlie even got out of bed to greet staff!
Charlie is truly a one-of-a-kind kitty. Did you know a cat could play fetch? Well, Charlie can. You’re in for a treat watching her chase a tossed ping pong ball or a hair tie. This mischievous girl is incredibly affectionate (on her terms) and has a silly personality (also on her terms). Just like how people give cues when they want you to stop doing something (anyone familiar with the side eye glare, for example?), Charlie is the same in her own way. Let’s face it, who likes unwanted attention of any kind? Daily play time and positive reinforcement are the keys to helping Charlie be a more relaxed cat!
Time waits for no man, but Charlie waits for a new family. Our staff thinks Charlie would thrive in a single pet home with kids over the age of 12. Can you appreciate Charlie — quirks and all — and give her the love she deserves? If so, stop by the Buddy Center, meet this wonderful feline — League staff is excited to share what Charlie needs to make your house a home!
To find your new furry companion, visit our adoptions page or call 303.751.5772. All adoptions include spay or neuter surgeries, age-appropriate vaccinations, a microchip ID, 30 days of free pet insurance and a free wellness visit with a participating veterinarian.
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