“On her own terms….” That was the phrase a volunteer used to describe 12 year old Mitzi and it is a good one. Mitzi originally came to us in 2016, a mama cat with kittens who had been abandoned outside. She was (and is) simply gorgeous and was quickly adopted. Fast forward five years… Mitzi’s beloved adopter went into a care facility. A family member took Mitzi but they had dogs… who chased. So Mitzi returned to Protectors of Animals.
Mitzi likes a quiet life with people she knows. She doesn’t like noise or tons of new people. She doesn’t particularly care for other cats. She is not aggressive if the other cats leave her alone and might do fine sharing space with a cat who respects this, but sharing a room with 10-20 different cats is uncomfortable for Mitzi. Like many cats, Mitzi wants consistency and predictability and a sunny window. Of course, none of what she wants is really possible in a shelter.
So Mitzi has taken to spending a lot of time in a cabinet under the sink. She isn’t hiding out of fear… everyone knows where she is and she spends the rest of the time prominently displaying herself on the counter. It is more a matter of Mitzi needing some alone time (very hard to find in a shelter), and stalking to the cabinet, opening the door and climbing in. (If you have ever had a disagreement with a 13 year old you will recognize this dramatic exit.) We laugh but we hate that she needs this.
When it is quieter Mitzi comes out to show us her true self. While Mitzi doesn’t wear her heart on her paw, she does like people…. on her own terms. She winds around your legs to say hello if she knows you. She likes to sit next to anyone sitting on the floor. She graciously accepts treats and a few pets from her favorite volunteers. But Mitzi will also move away or swat if you don’t understand when she is not in the mood or when she is done. Some of this will likely change in the right home. We are told that she was a lap cat in her previous home. However, we were also told that this was with the person she loved and not visitors… and that even then it was on her terms. So we are seeking a home with an experienced cat person and no small children.
Mitzi doesn’t suffer fools and she is going to decide if and when she trusts you. And Mitzi isn’t a pushover. But Mitzi is also scared and sad, hiding it behind her tough exterior. (Think of that 13 year old again. We all know that after slamming the door and throwing herself on the bed, tears were shed.) Mitzi is also bunny soft, very smart, occasionally goofy, and fiercely loyal. She deserves a happy ever after with someone who understands her and loves her unreservedly… on her own terms.
To find out more or to make a special appointment to meet them, please fill out the application at www.poainc.org and send an e-mail to POAplacement@gmail.com. The first approved application that is a good match will be given an appointment but they will remain on the website and Facebook until they are adopted. The Placement Team Volunteers at email@example.com will have the most up to date information about appointments.