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Progress Report: Huey

Progress Report: Huey

After an injury left him unable to feel his tail and bladder, Cat Town took Huey under our wing. We knew this extra-friendly cat would need extra-special care, and we’re happy to report that, thanks to your donations, his medical condition has dramatically improved!

We noticed Huey was not treating his paralyzed tail with the care he would have if it had any feeling. Our vet agreed this put him at risk of future injury, and amputated his tail for his safety. Huey got top notch recovery care from his incredible foster, who happens to be a veterinary technician and made sure he healed up great after his surgery. We suspect that the unlimited cuddles may have helped, too.

KITTEN WIRE: BREAKTHROUGH ALERT WITH SUZY

KITTEN WIRE: BREAKTHROUGH ALERT WITH SUZY

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.

KITTEN WIRE: WHERE ARE THEY NOW, MEG & CHET

KITTEN WIRE: WHERE ARE THEY NOW, MEG & CHET

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. 

Our House is Now a Home with Elsa

Our House is Now a Home with Elsa

When Elsa arrived at Cat Town, she wanted nothing to do with people and even less to do with other cats. She tucked herself into corners and did her best impression of a turtle, retracting her head any time a hand came near. My fellow volunteers and I worked to soften her, but had little success.

A few weeks into her stay, my boyfriend, Elliot and I stopped by. We both agreed that something about Elsa’s lack of interest made her all the more lovable. Elliot reached into the cubby where Elsa was hiding to let her sniff his hand, and for the first time, she did. We didn’t know it then, but our fates were sealed in that tiny moment.