May 28, 2022

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Essential WEST SHELTER CAT Would make OUR House HERS

Our new roommate sleeps in a wastepaper basket (right after she knocks it about to vacant it). 

She follows us into the kitchen area. On every trip — no exceptions. She follows us into the toilet and lounges patiently on the journal shelf, chatting amicably while we shower, or what ever.

She wakes the full dwelling at 3 a.m., 5 a.m. or regardless of what ungodly hour she decides is suitable to wander all-around and oh-so-carefully tap every single occupant on the cheek, just to see if we’re seriously sleeping.

She helps herself to our beverages (drinking water or vodka, she’s not picky), and when she’s not acquiring the focus she feels she deserves, she begins deliberately knocking shit off the espresso desk — just to view it tumble. A fork? Long gone. A piece of mail? Flick. A personal computer mouse? Later, mouse. Stan’s new Costa sun shades? Not any more. 

Gravity is hilarious to a 2-year-outdated cat.

It’s a excellent factor she’s tremendous tender and equally hilarious, for the reason that the lovable minimal freeloader gets away with nearly almost everything, whilst I do attract the line when she climbs to the topmost shelf and starts off eyeing the curtain rod.

That demands some intervention on my section, even though I’m often way too late.

In honor of the Florida Keys SPCA’s upcoming Kitten Extravaganza, I figured I’d introduce our new cat, Peanut.

Stan and I adopted this mischievous minor softie from the Essential West shelter on April 6, and have used the past 9 weeks laughing at her antics — primarily. (Our reactions are a little diverse around 5 a.m.)

Peanut is only my 2nd cat, obtaining developed up with a jolly mutt of a shelter dog named Sneakers. (Greatest. Puppy. Ever.) My initial cat was the 17-pound Buddy, who showed up on our Crucial West back again porch 12 several years ago and did not depart right until he left this earth two a long time in the past at a ripe old age. Buddy was a full-grown, street-intelligent gentleman cat when he showed up a person night hoping Stan could possibly share the new tuna he was cleaning out again. (He did, together with just about every other fish — and rooster sandwich — he at any time introduced dwelling.

But Buddy was by now an adult, chilled out and snug when he confirmed up. He did not want to enjoy at 5 a.m. He’d saunter out of the bed room all over 10 a.m. like a hungover frat boy seeking drowsily for some Cap’n Crunch. Buddy could also be trusted on his own exterior. He experienced his own kitty doorway from the living space to the entrance porch and was hugely low-routine maintenance.

Peanut? Not so significantly. She’s also smaller and inexperienced to venture outside on her have, and she’s NOT a lover of the snazzy blue vest we purchased for her out of doors adventures. She’s apparently confident the point is a straitjacket alternatively than a softly padded harness. She’ll just take a number of steps, freeze in area and then slump around. But that is truly an improvement more than her 1st outing, when she looked like one particular of individuals fainting goats, stiffening her legs straight out in entrance of and slipping more than sideways. Fortuitously, her curiosity about the outdoor is commencing to surpass her distaste for the harness and she’s relocating a bit much more smoothly. Sort of.

Peanut is still modifying — kind of — to her snazzy blue vest for out of doors adventures. MANDY MILES/Keys Weekly
Peanut is nevertheless adjusting to her snazzy blue vest for outside adventures. MANDY MILES/Keys Weekly

Pre-dawn gravity online games or not, our home is unquestionably happier with the Peanut in it, and we could not think about it with no her.

She’s in which she belongs — with us — and the Florida Keys SPCA built it come about.

They’re hoping to do the similar for hundreds of other people and animals.

This week’s Kitten Extravaganza aims to obtain households for the 100 or so irresistible very little men that display up every single spring and summer season. Stop by for the specifics or see the tale in this week’s Critical West Weekly.

We just can’t say more than enough superior items about their devoted workforce, the care they give the animals and the support they provide adoptive family members to ensure effective pairings.

When we termed them in April to say we needed a cat, Tiffany promptly despatched us an on the web adoption questionnaire about our house and the preferred age & exercise stage of our new pet.

Then, because of to COVID, she designed us an appointment to take a look at the shelter the up coming working day. Abundant welcomed us and begun our paperwork. Then he sent us upstairs with adoption counselor Zach, who previously experienced a couple possible cats in brain based mostly on our questionnaire.

Peanut was the 2nd or third cat we fulfilled. Her shelter identify was Teegan, but she was so much smaller than her predecessor, Buddy, we began calling her Peanut. (She was awesome with it.)

I had explained to Stan I needed a cat to decide on us so we’d know it was a superior fit, and this minor lady snuggled in as quickly as we picked her up. With our determination swiftly produced, we experienced to go away her briefly to go indicator the papers. The sad look on her facial area just about broke my heart. (What’d I do completely wrong? I assumed you preferred me.)

But Zach speedily boxed her up and brought her downstairs. Voila! Insta-Pet. She was all ours, and appeared beautifully articles with this new turn of activities.

Stan experienced long gone ahead to select up supplies, so she and I were on our own for the push property. A automobile experience is frightening for a cat who simply cannot see out of a box, so I opened the lid and scooped her up. She settled in my lap and rode snugly from the Stock Island shelter to her new South Street house.

On arrival, Peanut immediately produced herself comfy, exploring each individual closet, cupboard and crevice, claiming her favored areas and clearing them of any bothersome items. (“Surely they didn’t mean to put this picture body on my shelf. I’ll just transfer it out of the way…” Bam! “Ah, a lot far better. Now, let us see about that desk lamp….Hey, I guess I can suit at the rear of that filing cupboard. Uh oh, potentially I miscalculated. Houston, we have a dilemma. Men? Hey, fellas? A tiny enable down here?”

Ah certainly, the adventures continue on and we wouldn’t have it any other way.

Visit the Florida Keys SPCA’s site at for information about this week’s Kitten Extravaganza functions, exactly where you can meet up with the most irresistible small fellas in individual on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

But the website also features all the sweet cats, puppies, bunnies, hamsters and other animals hoping for a pleased residence.

They are all set when you are. Just distinct off a shelf…