OAKLAND — We launched the Kitten Wire one year ago to document Cat Town’s innovative approach to rescuing older kittens — the ones who hide in their shelter cages, bolting from hands, hissing instead of purring. These are the kittens who missed out on positive human interactions in their first few months and are deemed “unadoptable” by traditional shelter standards.
OAKLAND — At first, it was just a glimpse of blue eyes peeking out from a hiding place. Sightings of Tyra, who came to us shy and a bit jumpy in early March, were few and far between.
But lately, we've noticed this member of the Forgotten Kitten Project showing more of her playful side. And we think the dedicated playtime — involving other cats and plenty of different toys — has helped her gain confidence and show her energetic kitten self.
OAKLAND — Can a cat who spent the early months of her life on the streets learn to like people?
At Cat Town, we know the answer is yes, given the right conditions.
That's what we're working on with a cat named Suzy, one of the kittens born homeless during the 2017 kitten season. This tortie girl with tufts of black, tan and orange fur managed to evade a rescuer's humane traps for months. As her littermates found their way to Oakland Animal Services and then on to Cat Town, which found them homes, Suzy remained a stray.
OAKLAND — When photos of Chet and Meg hit the wire, there was a collective squeal. These two members of the Forgotten Kitten Project immediately drew a big fan club that cheered them on as they worked on building confidence in Cat Town's main adoption center.
I am happy to report that this duo has found their new home through our Foster-to-Adopt program. I talked with their adopter, Kylie B., a Cat Town volunteer who fell for these two during her shifts at Cat Town, about her experience taking these heart stealers into her home, and what it takes to help them adjust to life with humans.