THE NINTH SAVE OF CHRISTMAS: RAZMUS
Razmus came into rescue from a shelter that houses cats in cages in the same room as noisy dogs. When one of our volunteers first saw him in his shelter cage, he pawed at the window and nearly stood on his head, as if asking to be freed from his alarming (not to speak of dog-smelling) environment. How could we refuse?
We were a little afraid that his shelter experience would make him sensitive to sounds of all kinds, but at his foster home, it became evident that he was a very laid-back, affectionate kitty. He loved human contact and would follow his foster parents around, just to see what they were doing, and maybe help. In the blink of an eye, he was integrated into the household. He adored many of the toys, but his special favorites were feather toys. He would carry them around, then put them down and work at shredding them, then pick them up and move them to some other location for the next stage of shredding. Every shelter cat starts out isolated in a small space for a couple of weeks, because shelters have germs, and we want to make sure the new kitty doesn’t pass germs to other foster cats. Once Razmus was out of isolation and had the run of the house at night, it became necessary to hide his favorite toys so he wouldn’t wake his foster parents in the middle of the night to play.
He especially took to his foster mom, sleeping draped around her neck or under her chin. When she was in the hospital, recovering from some surgeries, he was disconsolate and very quiet. Once she came home, he seldom let her out of his sight. He slept with her and lay on her lap while she recovered.
Before long, we received an application from a couple who wanted to adopt Razmus. The foster mom was initially concerned, because the adopters had two large dogs, but they assured the foster mom that the dogs were used to cats and would not be any danger to Razmus. Sure enough, within two weeks of his arrival in his new home, Razmus was sleeping with both the dogs. His new parents say he is a perfect fit for their family, and that they love him dearly.
Razmus’s story is a great example of what we hope and pray will happen whenever we bring a cat into rescue: a great cat goes to a great home, and everyone lives happily ever after.
If you follow our website, you are certainly aware of the crucial role played by our foster moms and pops in preparing a kitty for adoption, but it might not be so obvious that there are other people behind the scenes whose roles are also crucial to finding each cat the best possible homes. We are grateful for the administrative volunteers who maintain our database, screen and track applications, and call the references adopters specify on their application forms. It takes a village to place a cat!