Marmalade is one of two cats recently moved to the sanctuary from the No. 5 Rd. shelter, where he couldn’t be adopted out because he bites.
It’s too bad, because he’s a beautiful cat and, the odd chomp aside, very friendly. When I went to visit him in his cage in the doublewide the other night, he welcomed me with such a vigorous cat dance that it was all I could do to get him to hold still long enough to take his picture.
Then came purring, trilling, rubbing and lap-sitting. He even gave me a few licks for good measure.
Cuddly, friendly, responsive… but not so happy about being left alone. As I opened the cage door just enough to slip through and started to leave, he realized what was happening, impulsively grabbed a pinch of skin on the back of my hand between his teeth and was reluctant to let go. No grouchiness or meanness in it, he just didn’t want to be left alone.
It’ll take some time for us to figure out if this is the only thing that sets him off. In the meantime, particularly while he’s confined to a cage, I hope people will take time to visit and give him some love. He really does appreciate it. Just be careful about getting him all loved up and then leaving too abruptly, as he may rather strongly object…