Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Reiki Tails for Visit on July 31, 2007

It was a beautiful day when we visited, which gave us the opportunity to spend some time outside with the cats.

In Room 7, my new favorite orange cat, Ozark, came running in from outside when we arrived. He has never done that before and his enthusiasm made us laugh. He wasn't interested in getting in my lap but enjoyed being petted for awhile before going back outside. Tulip stayed in her nest, but I'm glad to have a good picture of her. We still feel bad for taking her sister away from her, but hope that she will find her forever home soon. Or else we'll need to make room for a third cat at our house.

In Room 6, of course our friend Sid is always dependable with his happy greeting. I am so surprised that he has not been adopted, but I do realize that his age may be working against him. Gretel was our big surprise in this room. She typically will not even tolerate petting and we know not to expect any kind of acknowledgment from her when we arrive. This visit she came up to us to be petted. She winces with each stroke, but she stays. I'd call that progress. If she keeps warming up like this, I would expect her to be adopted in no time at all. There was a new arrival in this room, Figi, and it wanted nothing to do with anyone. It hissed at us just for opening the door. There seemed to be no love for its fellow felines either, so it might be awhile before we get to know Figi better.

Room 5 had Carmen and Spring jockeying for Reiki time. Carmen hopped up first. If I'm not mistaken, she received it last week. That may be the case for Spring, as well. They both seem to be very healthy and doing well. But when it comes to Reiki, I never question why anyone or anything needs it ... it's just my job to offer it. My daughter spent time with Meme. Georgie came in from outside and sat near us, probably soaking in all of the love, but he wasn't particularly interested in much petting. Just being close was enough for him this week.

None of the cats in Room 4 seemed particularly interested in our visit. Most of them were lounging in their enclosed area outside. We didn't stay there long.

In Room 3, Caroline was so happy to see us and just loved being petted. This is the same cat that surprised me last week. She is really coming around. Maybe she'll climb in my lap before long. If any cat at the shelter has (understandable) trust issues, it's little Caroline.

I don't know who looks worse in Room 2, Juliette or Argentina. Evidently, they are bullying each other or another cat is picking on them both. Juliette welcomes being petted, although she still won't get in my lap. Argentina is still wary of all contact, although warming up enough to greet us at the door. There are older kittens in this room now and I think they cause a lot of unwanted commotion for the older cats. Hopefully, there will be some peace in this room very soon.

I think we need to start with Room 1 next time. We usually start with Room 7 and by the time we work our way down to Room 1, it's getting cleaned and we can't get in to see those cats. At least that's how it is been the last two weeks.

The kitten room is still booming. I took a little video clip. I'm not sure how to post it, but if I figure out how, I will.

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