Dustin, Dixie and Delia came to RAPS a decade ago as tiny feral kittens, shy and wide-eyed, ears flattened sideways against their heads (“airplane ears”) as they took in the scary humans moving around outside their cage.
As they grew older, Dixie became the tamest of the three and was adopted by a person who adored her. When he went on a trip to visit family, he took her with him. While away, taking fright of something and leaping out of the arms of whoever had been holding her, Dixie zipped out an open door and was never seen again.
Brother Dustin stayed at the shelter but sadly passed away last December.
Delia is still with us. It took some time for her to become tame. Even now, if taken by surprise, particularly by someone she doesn’t know well, she may let out a defensive hiss as she assesses the threat. Approached slowly, though, and she soon relaxes into purrs and rubs.