2017, Adopted
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About This Cat

Adopted by Cathy & Gene

7 to 9 Year-Old, M, Odd-Eyed, Red and White Turkish Van

I have mentioned a few times in the bios I have written how not knowing a kitty’s history fills me with serious frustration. This is true with Montgomery also. Monty, as a middle-aged kitty, has had years of life which will always remain a mystery to us. I watch him and try to figure out how his life has unfolded.

 First of all, Turkish Van kitties are quite uncommon. Their breed specifics state they must have a mostly white body with a color -red is the most common- on the head and tail. Typically, they have two fairly small spots of color on the flank. They are often “odd-eyed” which is the term that describes eyes of two different colors. Their coat is “semi long” and lacks any under coat. They are large muscular cats with big shoulders who continue growing through their third to fifth year. Many love water.
In Turkey they are considered National Treasures and are watched over and protected by government agencies. They are not genetically related to the longer haired Turkish Angoras.

So how did this very special cat end up in rescue ? I only know his recent history. He ended up in the Marin Humane Society and was adopted from there. Soon after taking him home, his adopter took on three part-time jobs and was out of the house seven days a week. Monty was very smitten with her but being so much alone in the home, he was bored to distraction. It wasn’t a good match. He also gave this adopter a hard nip twice. I am not sure, but it sounded to me like the first time he was trying to get her to pay attention to him as she was ignoring him and the second time he saw she was leaving the house (again) and he protested. He was surrendered to us after about a year. He has been very gentle with us though we have watched him carefully. We have been trying to figure out whether these two bite incidents are part of his relationship with this adopter or are typical behavior. So we have been careful, maybe a little jumpy with him. What we see is a very affectionate, attention-loving, handful of a cat. He is fun. He definitely needs someone with good cat experience who can read a cat’s body language  and someone who is respectful of a cat’s intelligence, personality and needs.

Monty is unusual in how much he wants is to be with his human. He stays in connection with you and has a clear need to be loved that shows more than in most cats.  He’s not a lap cat but he’s a by-your-side cat. I think he had a loving home in his early years and somehow lost it. He is still looking to have that closeness again and has felt lost and unconnected without it. He wants so much to be settled in a home and loved. I expect many of us can relate to that.

There is a bit of macho in Monty.  He is an alpha cat. His focus is on his human’s company and he doesn’t really care about other cats. I don’t know how he is with dogs. I would like for him to be adopted as an only pet. If a man worked from home alone, for example, and wanted a big buddy as his companion, that would be a perfect situation for Monty. He reminds me a little of Ramses, the Bengal, whose bio is on this site. For Ramses I wrote “He is a special cat who needs a special man (or woman) to bond with him”. Like Ramses, he is a lot of cat and as such he is not a good choice for a busy family with children or for an elderly adopter, or someone with a busy life who is not home much.  Let me be clear. He doesn’t need non-stop attention (like my Persian does), he needs non-stop companionship. Are you looking for a deep connection? He is. The chance to bond with him and live with him is a very special opportunity for the right person. He is a marvelous character and gets very silly on catnip.

Monty eats wet and dry food and is litterbox perfect.

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