Maine Coon / Domestic Medium Hair / Mixed : : Female (spayed) : : Senior : : Small
Small, spayed female tortie
Who's looking for an attentive, sweet lap cat? Please meet lovely Coleman. And don't judge her by her unfortunate haircut! (She didn't pick it). Once her fur grows back, she will again resemble a lovely tortoise shell color cat with a fluffy tail. On the small side, Coleman makes up for it with her big personality. This senior lady joined us all the way from North Carolina, thanks to multi-state cat rescue efforts. Sadly poor Coleman lost her previous person due to a heart attack and the surviving family was not able to take in Coleman.
In her previous home, Coleman reportedly lived happily with 15 other cats and various dogs. Thus far, her demeanor seems friendly and gentle with everyone (she's still in a precautionary quarantine so I haven't shown her my cats yet; but I've detected no signs of hissing or hostility when she senses them outside her door). She was clearly closely attached to her former people and loves sitting on laps, getting pets, and following you around the house. I would recommend Coleman to a person/family who wants a social cat who demands - in an adorable insistent meow - lots of your time and attention. Coleman should be fine with people of genders and/or children, provided they can be gentle with cats.
Any family considering Coleman should be aware that she does come with some medical conditions, not uncommon given her age. Coleman is in the early stages of kidney disease. As she is active now and happy, this condition should simply be monitored with your local vet with annual/biannual blood work. A prescription food is available for this condition. Coleman currently mostly refuses to eat it, but we are trying different flavors and mixing it with other foods. As Coleman came to us underweight, our vet has stressed, it is most important that she eat, whatever the food. She seems very partial to wet food, especially right now sea food and fish flavors. On the more minor level, Coleman came to us with a urinary infection and ear infection (the latter may have been in response to allergies), both of which we are treating, and should be resolved in a few weeks. She also has a recommended joint supplement that is sprinkled onto her wet food.
August updates: Coleman's personality continues to be fabulous! She loves attention and, now that she's comfortable here, turns out she senior gal still LOVES to play. Her current favorites are toy mice (which, alas, she vigorous hunts at 2am right now) and the wand toy, which we enjoy playing with together. I've been trying to teach another cat tricks like come and go through a tunnel and Coleman also comes running over to 'practice.' She still walks rather bow-legged, but it does not appear to be a hindrance on her kitty mobility and she can definitely jump onto window sills and the sofa. Health wise, Coleman remains disinterested (alas) in her prescription food, but otherwise eats well and is slowly gaining some needed ounces. Her minor issues (ear infection and urinary infection) appear resolved and I haven't noticed any recent minor allergy issues. I still heartily recommend Coleman to any person or family looking for a friendly, engaging cat who likes lots of attention. (My only minor addendum to this is if the family has young kids, you'd want to make sure they're supervised or are old enough to watch kitty body language; right now Coleman sometimes gives love nips if you get too into petting or brushing her body - could be due to her coat growing back and being a bit sensitive as she definitely is very happy to get neck and face pets for long periods of time.) As you'll see in some of the pictures, her fur is thankfully growing back in - now with a partially fluffy tail and body coat about 1 inch long. I think she'll definitely grow out to be a medium-length coat (take a look at the fluffy end of her tail).
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Good with Dogs, Good with Cats, Good with Kids, Good with Adults, Somewhat vocal, Likes to be in your lap, Affectionate, Eager To Please, Even-tempered, Gentle
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