Monday, January 20, 2014
My trip to Kansas. Day Two: Part three #choosechestnut
So after going to see Santa, and visiting with friends, and then heading back to Amy's house and taking photos of the kitties, we then went into Amy's office and met her foster kitty Chestnut.
Chestnut was a stray, was adopted out and had hard time with that home and was returned to the shelter. She was traumatized by the whole thing. She also has a hard time communicating her emotional state, which very well could be because she is missing her tail. She is also missing her claws. As you can imagine this is a pretty bad place for a kitty to be in and she ended up biting. Amy was so kind to be willing to open up her home to a cat that has a history of biting. I have done it a few times, and it is taxing on you in trying to understand where a kitty is coming from and what their signals mean, because often they really do lack communication skills either from improper socialization as a kitten or because they simply no longer care after being taught that humans don't listen to them.
So Amy and I would sit in her room at night and just talk. We talked about her and cats in general and general life things. Simply being around her and asking nothing of her is a great start to helping her understand that not all humans are like those who she had dealt with in the past.
Chestnut is also a tortie / torbie mix.. she has a beautiful coat..
I was completely enamored with her.. However Chestnut seems to strongly prefer a male presents in her life. She would let me pat her, but after spending some time at Amy's house, she has fallen in love with Amy's husband and will snuggle right up to him.
As of the writing of this post, Chestnut is still up for adoption, she will need a home with someone who understands she has definite views on how life should be, aka she is full of tortitude, and if there could be a man for her to fall in love with, she would really appreciate it.