I went to the shelter to check on Freddie and Lucy. Freddie was adopted, Lucy was still in recovery. She was happy to see me, purred and let me kiss her, but when I asked her if she wanted to come to me she went and hid in her cave, so I figured she is where she needs to be.
When I went to check on Freddie, I saw this beautiful cat. I'm guessing by the tipped ears there is some coon in the genetic code somewhere, also expressed by the size of the kitty. Being brand new to the floor the kitty was a little skittish but I did get a few good shots.
While I was already planning on stopping by the shelter, I did get an email yesterday morning:
Hi would you be interested in taking an 11 year old cat? Her name is Fluffy she came in because her owners were "allergic" to her. She seemed healthy and fine when she first came in. She got adopted about two weeks ago, then her new owners surrendered her to the ACO a week ago because she had a limp, and they didn't want to deal with any vet bills. Turns out she has a deformed paw. Since being returned she has not eaten. She also has been getting fluids every day but she seems sad and depressed. Any interest?well you know me - or maybe you don't yet, but trust me.. saying no was not going to be an easy thing. I went to go see her, and when I walked into the back room to find her I could instantly tell they had a full grown large intact male in the room. I've you have never smelled it, it smells a bit like what you would imagine a really bad male locker room might smell like. This new intake had no problem with shyness..
He was completely zonked out so no photos of his handsome face.. I'm sure he thinks this is his better side anyway. (I'm also quite sure he's gonna be so much happier once those are gone)
So finally, meet "Fluffy"
Apparently she was a hot mess at one point, as they felt the need to shave her down and yet still she showed up with several large mats and a chin/chest full of what I am hoping is flea dirt (it isn't acne). When I walk into the room she hides, but a few pats will get her purring and she LOVES sitting on my lap being patted. She didn't mind too horribly when I combed her, it was just hard on her since there were a few mats.
So "Fluffy" is at Casa de Gato for a while.. Hopefully she'll start eating up a storm right quick. Her deformity is really very interesting. It is like she has ectrodactyly syndrome, also known as lobster claw syndrome. Her paw pad is about the size of a cat's normal toe pad, and it seems attached to the carpal pad (the one on the 'wrist') she has one toe pad that is very small and two very deformed non growing claws. Her "good foot" does not have claws on it. I do not know if they were removed by humans or if she just didn't have any... I suppose both options are fully possible. I'm leaning towards she was declawed though as she has the exact same reaction to my touching her foot that every other declawed cat I've ever touched has, and she doesn't react that way on the other foot. Not that it really matters one way or another at this stage of life.
As I was leaving, one of the kitties in the feral enclosure was looking at me.