Rowan and Reed came to Cat Town in the fall of 2016 from Oakland Animal Services. The pair spent time at home with two of our wonderful fosters, building confidence and learning people can be friendly, fun, and best of all—a source for delicious treats! Eventually they made their way to our Adoption Center, where they continued to grow more confident. Then one day this past July, it happened: they found their person in Emily B. and were adopted!

Rowan and Reed help our staff organize the Cat Zone before opening.

Rowan and Reed help our staff organize the Cat Zone before opening.

When Emily decided it was the right time for her to get a cat, she knew just what to do. “I had heard really good things from friends and neighbors, so [Cat Town] was the first place I went,” she says.

Before visiting, Emily browsed through our current adoptable cats on Cat Town’s website, and Rowan and Reed caught her eye. She wanted to meet them, even though she hadn’t been planning on adopting two cats, and was sympathetic to their story, understanding why they were on the shyer side.

Emily and Reed share a moment on adoption day.

Emily and Reed share a moment on adoption day.

At first, when Rowan and Reed got home, Emily kept them in a spare room and provided them with lots of blankets and toys to help them feel more comfortable. After she spent the night with them, they started to be a little more interested in her, and now the three of them are inseparable. Emily shares, “It’s been about two months now and it’s like they have lived with us their whole lives. They are doing so good!” There’s playtime every evening, with plenty of belly rubs, and Rowan and Reed run to greet her when she gets home from work. “They are just the sweetest boys, so loving,” she gushes.

Emily tells us Rowan and Reed have become particularly obsessed with playing with a laser pointer. “If I even pick it up, they stare at me until I play with them”. They love wrestling with each other, and at night, they run around her house, leaving the hall rug all bunched up. Emily finds their toys spread throughout the hours every morning, signs of their antics from the night before.

Rowan (front) and Reed relax with their adopter, Emily.

Rowan (front) and Reed relax with their adopter, Emily.

For anyone considering adopting an under socialized cat from Cat Town, Emily suggests “Giving them their own time and letting things happen at the pace of the cat. Don’t rush it...You have to develop that relationship and trust, and it may take longer than you expected, but it is so worth it when it does. They just need someone to show them love.”

If you’re interested in adopting from Cat Town, check out our current adoptable cats and email info@cattownoakland.org to inquire about adopting.

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