Volunteer Pauline Chin offers the blog this week.
The Moore House, a.k.a. GeriCatrics, a.k.a. the seniors’ home, has seen many new residents in the last several months. We’ve had to say goodbye to some dear kitties and hello to some new ones.
Black Jack is usually the first one seen, snoozing on the chair by the door, or parading around on the counter-tops. He’s one of those cats whose mood depends on the amount of attention he receives. The more he gets, the happier he is. If his attention tank is empty, he will tap, grab, and block your path to the exit until he gets what he wants. Jack was edgy and aggressive when he first came to us; thanks to the work of the Kitty Comforters, he’s now a happy lap-cat!
Chanel and Sophia are more selective about company. If they feel comfortable, they will quietly approach and accept a bit of petting. Other than that, they prefer to remain on higher ground and observe. Sophia’s fur mats easily and she doesn’t much like being groomed; once the summer comes she will get a lion-cut and feel much better about being pettable!
Shaggy, Marble, and Bluebell are drawn to the couch. On good days, the trio can be found sunning themselves on the deck. Shaggy and Marble are gentle giants
Marble is the nicest tortie girl I’ve ever met and is never pushy. I recognize her by the orange lightning bolt mark on her forehead. I must admit, it feels empty without the furry presence of Spicer, Peng Peng, Princess, and Nalah all jockeying for the seat next to me, with big girl Orio beckoning me over to her shelf.
Orange Lou is the quietest resident. This 15 year old arrived last autumn and has claimed the heater for himself. Just like late Momo, Lou also has his own bed on the floor, so he never has to walk far for food or navigate shelves. He’s thrilled to receive human attention and takes pleasure being brushed. He’s a cat who wears a permanent smile on his face.
Smokey’s owner had to move to a care home and couldn’t take her along. Smokey is still a work in progress. She is known for being aggressive towards humans. She has been released, but hasn’t quite opened up yet.
Blanche, who came to us as a cat who couldn’t get enough of being outside, has been transferred from the Double to the Moore for her lack of mobility – she has three torn ACLs. But that doesn’t keep her from jumping on shelves! When she’s relaxing in a bed, she’s open to pets and belly rubs.
Grey Jimmy is a foster-turned-resident. He arrived with his buddy, Boots. Both were wildfire refugees from Cache Creek. After months in our care with no response from their human, a SNAP test was done, revealing Boots to be FLV+. Boots joined the Leukemia crowd and Jimmy stayed in the Moore. I find Jimmy likes to peek out from the cat tree. Sometimes he’s friendly. Sometimes he seeks refuge atop the cage. Boots gave us plenty of purrs and cuddles during his short stay. He loved to say hello during visits to Leukemia, but we had to say a final goodbye in March. Just goes to show quality time ranks higher than quantity!
Four more Golden Oldies – Rufus, Fluff, PomPom and Wink – were introduced in the blog about a month ago (sadly, we’ve just lost PomPom).
For us volunteers, the Moore House is an endearing place. We know time with some of these senior felines is very limited. Time spent is precious and gratifying for everybody. For cats suddenly separated from their humans, we step in to heal their heartache and accompany them for the remainder of their journey. When it’s finally time to cross the Rainbow Bridge, there’s love and kindness on both sides.