November is adopt a senior cat month and we are offering a special reduced adoption fee of $25 for senior kitties, but…We only have one cat who is technically a senior: Cherry, our September cat of the month. So…This month’s cat of the month is not technically a senior, she is only 5 years old, but we decided that this month she will be available at the reduced fee, too.
Our not-actually-a-senior cat of the month for adopt a senior cat month is Daisy!
Daisy is essentially our shelter mascot right now. She has been with us for about 4 years. Daisy is a quirky girl, with challenges to adoption, and she takes a while to get to know, but she is well, well worth it.
Her challenges to adoption include that she is over weight, which persists in spite of weight management food at the shelter. Our vet has run blood tests to rule out illness, like diabetes, and her results indicated that she is in good health…she just happens to be a chunk.
Daisy also is a carrier of feline herpes. Most cats will be exposed to the herpes virus at some point in their lives, but only a small percentage will develop symptoms. Feline herpes has no cure. Some cats, like Daisy, experience “flare ups” during times of stress and other triggers. In Daisy we often see the tell tale reddish discharge from her eyes. Occasionally, she experiences mild eye irritation and sneezing during flare ups. To reduce the frequency of these episodes she is treated with daily lysine supplements. Ask your veterinarian for more information about feline herpes.
Now, what Daisy has going for her is that she is wonderfully loving in low stress environments. This is most evident during lulls in shelter population and with people she is familiar with. She loves vigorous head scratching and petting. She is also a play machine and is sure to make her people friends laugh at her antics. Daisy enjoys interactive “soccer” with jingle balls, will chase herself around cat climber furniture, and goes crazy for string toys. She also likes to show off with cute and funny poses.
Daisy’s behavior and health are both likely to improve in a home setting, as opposed to the bustling shelter environment, and some lucky family will have a vibrant, boisterous, and loyal friend, who has some faults, just like the rest of us.