Status / Details

2018, Adopted

Additional Info

About Raleigh

Born ~2016, M, Red Tabby Maine Coon

This boy was brought all the way up to us from a San Diego shelter. His family left him at the shelter “due to a granddaughter with allergies moving in”. He is a young tender boy kitty and this sudden loss of his home and change to the shelter totally overset him. He completely shut down except for eating and using his box. He was passive. In the shelter they could pet him, vaccinate him, hold him and he just didn’t respond to them at all. He had his eyes open and he was there but it was almost as if he were in a waking coma. After 6 weeks the shelter asked if we could take him because they could not help him.

He arrived at his foster home just the same way, totally passive. He stayed in his teepee, ate and drank. He didn’t respond to being petted at all, he hardly moved when we were around to see it. After a couple months of this endless lack of interest in everything one day we saw him looking out his window, then looking out his door at us, he was showing a little interest in things. We were so delighted for him. He just continually evolved out of his shell from that point on little by little. Now he is really back. He has started playing with other kitties, he hangs out with them, eats their food, sleeps in their beds. He enjoys pets and cuddles from his special people. He loves to be brushed anywhere on his body. When you stop brushing he softly pulls your hand back to ask you to brush him some more. “Don’t stop” He is so sweet and loving. He flops on his back and solicits tummy rubs. He loves head butts. Raleigh is enjoying being a cat again and it has been such a pleasure to watch him evolve. Strangers can still be scary as can sudden noises or anything startling like a sudden move. He may turn and retreat to his safe spot for a minute but then he comes right back out for attention. It’s wonderful.

So Raleigh the Red Boy is ready to go home. At two years old he is about half grown. Maine Coons grow in size and maturity until they are about 3 to 4 years. He is a medium size fuzzball right now. You can see his nice red fluffy coat and tail. It is lovely to pet his silky fur. His paws are large and soft indicating that maybe he will grow bigger. Look in the photos at the amazing white hair coming out of his ears. He is a beautiful boy.

Raleigh needs a family he can fall in love with and trust. He will need to adjust to this new family. Will he have as much trouble as he had the first time his world changed? I really don’t think so but he will certainly need time to settle in. He needs a family who are willing to love him into his new home. Who will have the patience to stand by him even if he gets depressed as he was at first with us. Just love him and let him unfold on his own time schedule and he will be fine. He may be thrilled to be in his home and settle in quickly – we just don’t know. It would be great if his new home had other friendly gentle kitties to play with. I don’t know how he is with dogs.

Raleigh is a sweet, beautiful, loving red Maine Coon. The red boys just get mellower and mellower and sweeter as they age. I always take the red ones into foster because I love them and the world is full of folks who know how great they are and seek out these wonderful cats.

Raleigh eats wet and dry food and is litterbox perfect.

His foster mom is Harriet in Santa Cruz.

For more information, 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!