As a former stray, London is an expert at hiding. This defense was his first thought when he was brought to Oakland Animal Services, where he hid in his bed as often as he could. He was receptive to chin scratches and pets, but he was starting to feel cage stress, and began hissing at shelter volunteers when approached.
Cat Town stepped in to help London move past his cage stress, so he could continue working on the confidence the shelter volunteers had helped him build. It was slow progress, but with patience he started peeking out of his cubby more and more, curious to see what other Cat Town cats and visitors were doing all day.
Just as London was making progress with our volunteers, Cat Town had a break-in, and he went missing. Although we had a feeling he was just tucked into a good hiding space, the uncertainty of his whereabouts left all of us who knew this sweet cat in a state of anxiety. Thankfully, we turned out to be right and he was found within 24 hours inside Cat Town.
Within minutes he readjusted to life in his studio space. His air biscuits and purrs made it clear he was happy to be back in the company of his doting fans.
Then, London met a spunky kitten named Maude. She liked to play, then hide, then play again, and was curious about this handsome cat who watched her from the safety of his favorite cubby. It took only a few days for the pair to start sniffing things out. Adorable cat videos ensued — snuggles, bath time, playful flirtations — it was clear we had a real friendship on our hands. The pair gained confidence together, and as happens so often at Cat Town, quickly taught each other new ways to enjoy human companionship.
Though London and Maude weren't officially bonded, it was obvious the two were quite fond of each other. So, when a couple arrived at our Adoption Center last week looking to adopt two cats, the duo sealed the deal in a matter of minutes.
Now, London and Maude are happily settling in with their new family, who know that patience is key for this pair. As expected, London is adjusting to his new life a little more slowly than Maude, but we know she’ll help him in his new home, just like she did at Cat Town.
We can't wait to bring you more updates as his confidence builds in his new home!
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