Lucy is about 11 months old. I do volunteer work for a no-kill kitty shelter in the area. We have no problem getting our kittens adopted...the older kitties - over 6 months, seem to stay with us longer.
One day I was cleaning the top cages where two fiesty little orange DSH brothers were on display.
When I finished battling with their little paws clutching my hair and their cute little meows in my face, I turned my attention to the bottom cages.
I saw a sign identifying a 10-month old Torbie named Lucy who arrived at the shelter because her owner did not think she did well with little children. I looked but couldn't find Lucy.
Thinking she was probably taken out for a doctor visit, I opened the side where the little box was to check and there under a ledge lay this sweet little girl facing the back wall.
I quietly spoke to her and she rolled over, smelling my fingers, then my hand, the rubbing her face on the side of my hand....I gave her some treats.
She smelled them and ignored them. I gave her some wet food on her own paper plate, but she sniffed it and went back to facing the back wall.
I finished cleaning and playing with the wild little brother kittens in the top cages and looked down again to Lucy and she was facing me, rolling on her back.
I opened the cage again and spoke to her, petting her head. She started to purr and looked at me with those squinty "lovey-eyes." Ugh...I had to get out of there.
We have a dog who is 13 years old and he has only ever liked one cat we had and that's the one that he grew up with. All other cats are prey to him.
So I went to the beach and the entire time I thought about Lucy. I asked the leader of my group about her and she told me that she had Lucy at her home for about 10 days after she was dropped off.
She said that Lucy is very shy, sweet and needs patience because she thinks that Lucy was in a home with some wild toddlers and became frightened. Lucy was spayed and had all of her tests and shots.
When I returned from my week at the beach, I contacted the leader and told her that I had to have this kitty, Lucy.
I took my husband in to introduce him and she actually seemed to remember me. We purchased some cat items and the next day I took Lucy to her forever home and that was a little over a month ago.
This little kitty is just the most precious thing I have ever seen. She is so typical Maine Coon! Loves water!
Drinks from the faucet, has to play, play play all of the time. Loves to be by my side all of the time and talks to me about everything.
The dog has not been allowed to chase her and she is becoming more brave as time goes by.
She doesn't run when she sees him, and he does want to run after her but we don't allow him and praise him for behaving.
We won't ever let them alone together, but I think in time, they will be fine relaxing in the same room with us when we watch tv in the evenings.
The dog is an old guy who needs more sleep than any cat I've ever had.
I can't believe how lucky I am to have found this dear little kitty and now we will grow old together.
I am not sure that she is full bred because of course there are no papers, but she sure looks like she is mostly Maine Coon (the Torbie style)
I have a Maine Coon cat who is now 8 years old. I adopted him from an animal shelter when he was about 6 weeks old.
He is the best companion anyone could ever imagine. You are going to love every day that you spend with your cat. As she gets older, she will grow larger and heavier, but she will always be extremely playful and affectionate.
Thank you so much for not giving up on Lucy. She certainly sounds like she has found her forever home!
by: Lori D
Sweet story. Kitties are wonderful...and bring so much to or daily lives....
by: John Fritz
Lisa, your story is so sweet and Lucy is so fortunate to have you as her forever person. She's a beautiful little girl and I'm very happy for both of you.
What a wonderful story. Poor Lucy obviously didn't have a great start but lovely that she's found a loving and understanding home :)
Sounds as if you got to her just in time. She was probably getting depressed.
I'm so happy for Lucy glad she has a place called home. I have a Maine Coon also he is 2 yrs. old I love him so much. He's my big baby. Enjoy your baby.
Jasper looks like Lucy!
Lucy looks so much like our Jasper, 6 months old that we adopted form our local shelter when he was 10 weeks.
I think he is mostly Maine Coon, he seems to have all the trade marks, loves water, very vocal, plays all the time and big bushy tail, ear tuffs, big round eyes and long nose.
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