06
Dec
07

Woodpile Kittens Seek Special Homes

I am trying to find homes for the cute and quite sociable kittens who live in the woodpile in my backyard in Takoma Park, Maryland. I feed, pet, and play with them twice a day, and although they still live outside, they want to come in!

Blu
BLU is a deep blue-grey male with sable soft fur and a quiet, thoughtful disposition. Like his two siblings, Blu is friendly and will allow you to hold and pet him (especially around feeding time!) – UPDATE: Blu has found a human companion and they’re just crazy about each other!

Cleopatra
CLEOPATRA, a female, is a slightly lighter shade of grey than Blu, but her coat is just as silky. She’s affectionate and mellow, and loves to chase anything that moves. UPDATE: Cleo has found a home!

Cricket
CRICKET, a tiger-striped male, is slightly smaller than his siblings, but more than makes up for it with his spunk and curiosity. He’s probably the most socialized, people friendly of the bunch, and would likely make the quickest transition to house-cat. Cricket is a polydactyl “Hemingway Cat” … he has extra toes that give him extra dexterity and enhance his puckish personality. UPDATE: Cricket is going with his sister Cleopatra to a nice warm home in Takoma Park!

Cats who grew up in the great outdoors can be a bit more energetic and skittish than their domesticated cousins, and they deserve a human companion who understands their special needs and appreciates their distinctive character.

In my classified ads, and in conversations with potential adopters, I avoid the F-word, “feral.” Or “semi-feral.” Because our Woodpile Kitts are not wild. Maybe a bit impatient to find a loving human companion; perhaps a little annoyed at having to stay outside, and certainly anxious when the weather gets nasty.

Cricket in Snow

These kittens are clean, healthy, and gentle. In all the months I’ve been caring for them I have never been scratched. Instead, they sit on my knee and demand that I scratch them. And rub them, pet them, and tease them with improvised toys made out of long twigs and leaves. Cleopatra will sometime reach out and tap my hand, to say “OK, enough petting. Open that can of food!”

And the truth is, tamed strays are a blast. Shadow (from the same woodpile, born to the same stray MommaCat) is my fourth, and, like the others I’ve plucked from various alleys and dumpsters, he’s lean and athletic, super-stealthy, very playful, and tightly bonded to me. He likes my partner Brett too, but since I spent a lot of time socializing Shadow after we took him inside, he sees me as his “alpha cat,” and wants to hang around where ever I happen to be. As I type these words, he’s zonked out, half on my lap, half on the laptop. (Which may not be such a great place for him… see cautionary tale.)

It does take time to build that trust with a cat from outside. But the Woodpile Kitts pictured here are actually far more socialized than Shadow was when he joined us; they are ready. Are you? Call Marcus at 703-898-0770 any time of the day or night for more information. Or email me: marcus(at)bigblackcat.org (substitute the real “at” symbol in the address)

Here’s contact information and a photo gallery of our Woodpile Kitten Colony

Blu AsleepNEWS FLASH – Tuesday 11th December 2007 – Blu was adopted yesterday! His new owner reports that Blu bonded to him in less than half an hour: “He’s sleeping in my lap and purring like mad.” Blu also delighted his new family by demonstrating that he knows what a cat box is used for. I hope this encourages folks who are interested in our Woodpile Kittens but wonder whether they’re tame enough. They’re not only tame, they love people… These little guys want to move inside and be with you!