Our featured cat for The River's Purrfect Friday: Dawson
Here's what Dr. Jen had to say about Dawson:
In mid October, 2012 Andy Englund, a resident of the Garfield Park neighborhood, contacted his friend (and my co-worker) Shantel Hesser, as he had rescued a cat in need. Seems that Andy had seen a cute little classic tabby mama and what turned out to be her young son hanging around the park for a few weeks, but when the weather turned cold and rainy, mom got smart and decided to take up residence on Andy's porch. Unable to locate her offspring, he took advantage of her plea for help and scooped her up., and on October 18th delivered her to the clinic. Although we were thrilled to welcome Tattletail into the fold, we were all worried about her youngster. Luckily, being alone, cold and hungry once again worked to Andy's benefit, as 4 days later he was able to catch and carry her timid tot, a son who was born in July of 2012) to the clinic as well. Terrified of his own shadow, her baby boy needed his mama, but sadly too much time had passed for her to welcome him back with open paws; he tried nuzzling and snuggling and Miss Independent wanted nothing to do with him anymore. Sad but true; once baby bird had left the nest mama bird had other things to do; we don't blame her for her indifference, as that it how it goes. But our friend Patti Feeback offered to foster little Dawson until he gained some much needed confidence, giving Tattletail a break from her matronly duties. In Patti's care, Dawson became a wee-bit more daring, thanks to the kindness of his adopted Uncles Larry and Doug (both cats) and upon his return to us after turkey day, he was more confident.
On November 27th, Patti brought a more confident kitty back to us, and we quickly paired him up with Groucho, who became his adopted big brother. I asked Patti to summarize her time with Dawson so we could all get to know him a little better, and here is what she had to say:
"Dawson, obviously, is very shy. Not in a mean way, he would just rather hide or hang with the other cats than hang with his 2 legged friends. Doesn't like to be held, but will sit on your lap if being served wet food, or sausage, or cooked, burger... actually, for anything. Dawson LOVES people food- he forgets all fears when presented with it. I am hoping this will play a key role in getting him not just people friendly, but people happy. He instantly sought out friendship with our other cats, to the point it greatly irritated them initially. Once he found his spot in the group, all was well, and best friends were made. He was learning to tolerate Rouge (the dog). And the TV. Both, when too loud or active, would send him scurrying under the bed. He does not like it when Aaron wears a baseball cap. He would do really well in a quiet home with other cats, no dogs, Loud noises, too much commotion really seem to scare him. He is incredibly soft, like a Chinchilla. Sweetest little meow/peep too. We love him, and we think he likes us too:)"
So, ideally we are going to let this little guy get super-comfy with us here at Crash's and then ultimately, once he is ready, place him in a home with one of he furry buddies here, or into a home with at least one other cat, but preferably two or more; he feels the strength in numbers:)
Thanks to the Feeback family for doing such a fabulous job with darling little Dawson! And thanks to Andy for taking the time to make sure mom and son were brought to a safe place; we will spoil them both rotten while we have them!