It’s hard to know where to start when trying to capture the purr-sonality of this little lady. So, we will start at the beginning with the basics; Lucy is a 3-year-old, spayed female dilute calico cat. She came to the Dumb Friends League way back in March of this year as an owner surrender. In her previous home Lucy stayed indoors all-the-time and although she did technically live with teenagers she didn’t appear to particularly care for them (we will get into that later). Also, we know that based on her history she would prefer to be the center of her home as an only pet.
Lucy’s behavior, when she arrived at the Buddy Center in Castle Rock, was a bit unpredictable. To put it simply, she was scared and her attitude reflected that with hiding, hissing and just general disinterest in the staff and volunteers. But, we saw beyond that. We knew with time and positive reinforcement there was a great cat hiding behind that tough façade.
Armed with treats and a positive attitude our compassionate behavior team started to work on modifying some of the less desirable behaviors we were seeing with Lucy. First, we addressed her fear – it’s important to us that the pets in our care feel as safe as possible and Lucy was no exception to that rule. With time, we saw progress. When visiting Lucy we were greeted less and less with a hiss and she started leaning into pets and greeting new friends less cautiously. With gaining Lucy’s trust we also learned that she can become overstimulated with petting. Basically, she wants you to interact with her until she doesn’t and she will let you know that with swatting and hissing. This is her way of letting us know she needs a break.
It’s important to note that Lucy will likely always need an environment where she can take things slowly. Because of this, we think she’d do best in a quiet home, with older children (who understand cats) and no other pets. She needs a person that understands that sometimes she just needs her “Lucy time” and to respect her boundaries until she is ready for human interaction again.
We can’t wait to see how Lucy settles into her new home. With the right family, we are confident that this vivacious little cat’s personality will shine strong. So, if you have experience owning cats and are looking for a new feline friend we encourage you to come to meet Lucy. She worth every ounce of her personality and we’d love to see her settled into that perfect loving home.
Lucy is available for adoption at the Dumb Friends League Buddy Center in Castle Rock. She is currently the longest-stay cat at that facility arriving at the shelter on March 10 of this year. If you are interested in learning more about Lucy or the other pets available for adoption at the Dumb Friends League please 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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