Status / Details

2018, Adopted

Additional Info

About Leonardo

Adopted by Carla & Paul

Born ~1/2018, M, Lynx Point Siamese

I think Leonardo’s problems started on 6/28 when he was brought into the shelter and labeled with what I think is the wrong age. He was found in a parking lot. On shelter intake he was 4.6 pounds. His paperwork ages him at 18 months. He was very frightened. He had a cold and probably did not eat or drink in the shelter because on 7/1 his weight was down 2 pounds to 2.8 pounds. This is a huge drop in 4 days. Was he mixed up with an other cat at this point? At some point he was neutered and ear tipped and set up to be released back in the parking lot. Then having gotten over his initial fear he showed what a sweetheart he is. (He is a love bug.) The shelter could not legally release him because though his cold was gone they thought he must be ill because he was 18 months and only 2.8 pounds.( It is against the law for a shelter to release an ill cat and it is also illegal for them to adopt out an ill cat. Such cats can only go to Rescue.) This is an extra busy kitten season and I think there must have been a mix up in the overwhelmed shelter. I doubt an 18 month old cat could be alive at 2.8 pounds.

I got Leonardo the night he was to be euthanized. I think they emailed me and said “Want him?” “If so come now!” Yikes! What kind of trouble were we going to pick up??

Immediately we saw that he is a kitten. He’s just a kitten!!!!! He’s little and looks to be about 6-8 months old. Was he confused with some other cat that is 18 months old? Even for a kitten his weight was low. Maybe he was a slender 4.6 pounds when he was taken to the shelter. That was a suitable weight for a slender Siamese boy. Now he was less. He is long and coltish, with long legs, not gaunt. In the very short time we have had him he has gained over half a pound.

OK. So let’s start again. Here is a lovely little Lynx Point Siamese kitten. His lynx point markings, for example the beautiful bandings on his legs, are beginning to darken. Those markings develop in the second half of the first year or in the first months of the second year. More lynx point bands will develop on him. His two color brown legs bandings, a redder and a darker brown, are especially striking. Of course he has the blue, blue eyes of the Siamese and the creamy coat. He needs to put on a pound or more and probably will add most of it before he goes home at the rate he is gaining. He is growing into his beautiful Siamese birthright.

This little hard luck boy has had a dangerous start in life. Now he gets to have smooth, sweet sailing in a loving home. His tipped ear is a symbol of his great good fortune in life, of his narrow escape from a too early death. I have fostered many ear tipped cats and I see the tipped ear as a triumph of survival. It is a reason to treasure them. I think Leonardo probably would ok with friendly cats and probably ok with respectful children. I don’t know about dogs. He is a good natured, playful boy who is grateful for love. He needs a safe, happy home in which to race about and enjoy himself. He will take great care of his humans.

By the way… he is impossible to photograph. He will not hold still. My apologies. I will try to get more and better photographs.

Leonardo eats wet and dry food and is litterbox perfect.

His foster mom is Harriet in Santa Cruz.

Contact Harriet at (831) 336-2983 or email: harrietkitty@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.

NOTE: We prefer families with children bring them to the adoption appointment. Why? This allows interaction between the children and the cat. This helps ensure they will be a good fit for each other. A mismatch between a child and a cat is not in anyone’s best interest!