April 8, 2014 > Mimi is looking for a home
Mimi is looking for a home
Submitted By Chris Gin
The cat's name is Mimi. She arrived at the shelter on December 3, 2013 because her family of nine years moved and couldn't take her with them. Since then, she has been waiting patiently for a forever family to find her. Part of the reason she keeps getting overlooked is that she doesn't show well. She's shy at first, until you go into the room with her and start talking to her and giving her pets and neck and chin scratches. Then she responds to you with love, happiness, and content purrs (for the attention you're giving her). However, at the shelter, she tends to hide under her kitty bed and people don't see her, so don't even know she exists, and therefore never get the chance to meet her.
She is a very affectionate, loving cat once she meets you. And, finally, her age - nine years old - is really middle-aged. The average age for cats (if they're indoor only, of course), is 15 or 16. And, many cats live well beyond that age. People think nine years old is ancient and the cat will be lucky to live another year! She seems to be healthy and she appears to get along with other cats. She should be an indoor-only kitty. She will make a wonderful companion and, I suspect a great lap kitty. Mimi seems to get along well with other felines - always a good thing since most people who love/like cats, already have at least one!
Now that kitten season is here, it will become even more difficult for her to find a forever home as many will want to adopt the youngsters vs. adults and/or senior cats. Mimi needs all the help she can get!
I truly believe her "shyness" is caused mostly by the fact that she spent 9 years in a stable home with the same family. Suddenly she found herself in a very foreign environment with strange sounds, smells, etc. and as most people know, cats don't like change. Also, she doesn't get the love and attention she was used to getting from her ex-family for all those years. All this is very strange and frightening for a kitty since she doesn't know what or why she suddenly found herself in such a foreign world. To be sure, though, volunteers do spend some time with her and give her loving and she responds in kind.
Hayward Animal Shelter
16 Barnes Ct, Hayward
(Near Soto & Jackson)
Tuesday through Saturday
1PM to 5PM
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