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Our featured cat for The River's Purrfect Friday: Big Sugar

Here's what Dr. Jen had to say about Big Sugar:

On August 8, 2011, I received an endearing email from Jennifer Tislerics, a foster mom for WAG Animal Rescue in the Detroit area; she had read about Big Sid's Sanctuary in Best Friends Magazine, and was asking for our help:
"In 2009 we took in a pregnant cat, who shortly gave birth to 7 adorable kittens, Unfortunately we soon discovered that Big Sugar was FIV-positive; all kittens were negative, as is typical with FIV moms and their offspring, and were quickly adopted into loving families, but Big Sugar remains with us 2 years later (she herself was born in the summer of 2007). Our home, though better than a cage at the pound, is not a good situation for Sugar. She has a room to herself with toys and a view of our front yard, but she is confined to that room, alone, for all but an hour or two a day. We know Sugar is lonely and bored in there - she often cries out to us to come visit her, or to let her out; she is not what you would call a cuddly cat, but she is affectionate and loves being near people. We don't have much to go on as far as knowing how she would do around a bunch of cats, in a home environment; because she is FIV, she hasn't had much contact with other cats since in our care. Our own cat is 14 years old, crabby and defensive toward other cats, so the interactions between them haven't gone well. Interestingly however, we have noticed that she really likes calm, large-breed dogs! It has been hard to 'market' her to potential adopters due to her FIV status, so we are contacting you to see if you would be able to help."
Wow - after an email like that, how could I turn Big Sugar away? So on August 18th, Vickie Taylor from WAG brought this bold and beautiful girl to us, all 14+ pounds of her, and let me tell you, she is doing better than I think Jennifer or I expected! So happy to be out and about with others of her kinds, Big Shug has taken up her throne on the top of one of our open cat cages, claiming her territory and watching over her cat-dom with interest, curiosity and what I interpret as sheer fascination. Although not a lap cat yet by any means, she welcomes attention and adores human contact. And, she is getting along swimmingly well with the others, just as long as they don't get too frisky or fresh with her. :) She can certainly hold her own due to her sheer size, but she is actually a very reserved, quiet girl who just wants to be loved. And, thanks to Jennifer and her husband and the great folks at WAG, Shug now has a home to call her own until the right family comes along and gives the queen a brand new palace. :)

Current residents
Crash's: 124
Big Sid's: 126

Since opening in Oct. 2002
2202 Adoptions
(221 from Big Sid's!)