After spending some time getting to know siblings Owl, Pussycat, and Tiger, I’ve been keen to meet their brother, Panther. I was even more keen after Leslie showed me this 2001 photo of the four when they were kittens being fostered by volunteers Barbara and Waldi:
|Clockwise from the bottom left: Owl, Panther, Tiger, Pussycat|
Unlike some siblings who remain very close, these four all went their separate ways as they grew up at the sanctuary. Owl can often be seen and heard campaigning for attention and treats in the doublewide, Pussycat favours a shed in the first back pen on the right, Tiger likes hanging out in the first back pen on the left, and Panther has laid claim to a shelf or two in the shed in the third pen on the left.
For some reason, Panther never really got comfortable with people like his siblings did. Now, since he’s decided to spend all his time hiding out in his shed, he unfortunately doesn’t get the kind of interaction with passersby that might help him change his mind. Anyone wanting to make friends with Panther will need to go seek him out in his shed, bring him treats of chicken or tuna, and just spend time sitting near him.
Fortunately, at the cat sanctuary we have people who are willing to do just this sort of thing.
So, anyone who doesn’t mind spending some time and some treats on winning over a winning over a shy kitty, please consider including Panther in your rounds.