Freya is a beautiful calico cat, with soft eyes and the most adorable little spot on her nose. This special girl has lived well with other cats in her previous home and here at the shelter. Freya has shown us that she loves to be pet and is a big fan of kitty treats. And, while we now know all this about Freya, it wasn’t that apparent when she first arrived at the shelter. Our now sweet, affectionate Freya was that scared cat that we’ve all seen. The cat with the huge eyes, puffed up fur and tense body postures. The cat who hides in a corner or under her bed to avoid any sort of interaction. Simply put, she was fearful.
From homeless and frightened cat to learning to trust again
Enter our incredible behavior team. Freya is certainly not the first frightened feline we’ve encountered at the Dumb Friends League, and we knew just what to do to start helping this sweet girl learn to trust again. She was enrolled into a specialized behavior program, Feline Fortitude, which was designed to help cats who show fearful behavior traits like Freya’s modify those tendencies allowing the cat to be more comfortable and trusting in their surroundings. (Have a fearful cat at home? Check out the Fearful Cat handout for tips and tricks on how to help your cat feel safe.) With time and patience, Freya’s affectionate personality began to peek through her anxious exterior. Behavior staff began to slowly earn her trust using high-value food items like baby food and tuna (we’re not above bribery here). We learned that in addition to her love of yummy treats, Freya is a big fan of chin scratches, and while she still sometimes hides in the corner of her cubby she has gained a great deal of trust and is showing us that she loves to be pet and be around people.
When cat adoption becomes the new priority
Now that we’ve gotten a glimpse into what a wonderful cat Freya is, it’s time for her to find her forever home. A home where she can continue to work on building her trust with people and will get all the love, snuggles and sunny windows she deserves. The truth is Freya is one of our longest stay cats, meaning she’s been at the shelter longer than most of her other feline friends – arriving way back in June of this year. While this little gal can stay at the Dumb Friends League as long as she needs, and we will continue to work with helping her continue to build trust with people we’d really prefer her to be building that relationship in a home. In addition to her loving personality and cute face, Freya’s adoption comes with some amazing goodies, including a cat tree fit for a queen, toys and a litter box (again, we’re not above a bit of bribery here). So, if you’re looking to adopt and live in a quiet home, come meet Freya. We will be here every step of the way to make sure you’re both set-up for success and will have a long happy future together.
To learn more about Freya or other pets available for adoption visit ddfl.org or call 303.751.5772. All adoptions include spay or neuter surgeries, age-appropriate vaccinations, a microchip ID and a free veterinary visit with a participating veterinarian.
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