Oliver

Status/Details
2017, Adopted
Additional Info

About This Cat

Adopted by Laura

Born ~2015, 18-month-old male, Grey Tabby Maine Coon Mix

This green-eyed boy is a very sweet beauty. He is a teenager but the long legs he is growing tell you he will become a big cat. He is a cat that wants to be very closely held in the heart of his human. Love me and keep me safe in this world. He has had a difficult time recently. Let me tell you his story as I understand it.

He was adopted to live with a young woman in her cottage on her grandmother’s property. She lived alone and wanted a deep connection with a kitty who would be her best friend. Oliver is a slightly unconfident young boy. He needs a solid safe loving home in which to grow up some more. His world has been too turbulent and ended with him in a shelter. Maine Coons keep growing physically and socially into their third year. He is about half way. This sounded like a good home for him, quiet and intimate. What I didn’t know is that there was a feral colony that had lived on that property for years and years. It was very much their territory. Of course, Oliver was an inside only cat but right away the feral males knew he was in the cottage. They actively showed their hostility and displeasure with spay messages around the building. They were all intact males.  Young Oliver, new to everything there, and away from everything he knew, spent the first month showing uncharacteristic shyness by staying upstairs in the bedroom. He knew they were all around his new home.

In the fifth week, he took heart and ventured downstairs to the kitchen. He wanted to be with his human. There, outside the glass sliding door, looking in, were all these hostile cats. As is normal for feral cats in such a situation, they had sprayed all over. ” Our territory. Go away. Or else.” When folks drop off unwanted cats at a feral colony they don’t realize the danger they are subjecting their cat to. New cats are NOT welcome.  Young Oliver bravely tried to lay claim to his territory in the cottage and sprayed next to the door and a few other places. At this point I was contacted by the young woman and told me of the situation. I asked if the ferals could be neutered. “No” the young woman said, “they were her grandmother’s cats”. We had a short conversation, she was going to think about what she wanted to do, basically whether she was willing to work with me to resolve the situation. We would talk the next day. The next day her mother called and said, “Take back Oliver now or I will take him to the shelter immediately.” An owner surrendered cat brought to the shelter for spraying, no matter what the cause, is generally euthanized right away. Of course, I said I would take him.

He is a great cat. The daughter cried. Her mom was efficient. And we were relieved to have him safe. Oliver was very upset. And then grew depressed. It was very unfortunate for all concerned.  We have kept him some months so he can settle and relax in the environment with us that he knows well. He has shaken off his blues. He has not sprayed at all. We have learned that with his growing long legs he now needs a high sided litterbox to accommodate his height. That solved the problem of some urine escaping out the back of the box. He is a very good cat.

Oliver is generally all right around other cats but not happy and I would like to place him as an only cat.  He needs all his family’s love and attention right now. Perhaps when his world is very solid and secure another cat could be added but for now I think no other pets including dogs would be best for him. And no children right now either. Like so many cats, and so many people, he needs the nurturing of a lot of constant love. To unfold. To blossom. He has had a hard start in life.

He has grown more beautiful as the months have passed. His coat has come in much longer and very plush. He is Super soft. (wait ‘til you touch him!) Look at his white ”ear furnishing” they call it – the white hair curling out of his ears. His eyes have wonderful white AND black eyeliner around them. Of course, his eyes are his most striking feature – so green. I love green with a grey coat. The hair around his neck is developing into quite a Maine Coon ruff. Look at the baby photos I included at the bottom. It takes months to grow all the Maine Coon upgrades of coat. With a kitten, you don’t know what you are getting.

Oliver is such a tender boy. Love him and he will give you his big heart.

He eats wet and dry food and is litterbox perfect.

Oliver’s foster mom is Harriet in Santa Cruz.

Contact Harriet at (831) 336-2983 or toharrietjane@comcast.net if you have questions, or send an Adoption Application. If you are unable to reach Harriet by phone or email, email us at Info@purebredsplus.org.