When he first came to the rescue, Buddy acted like a "Cat from Hell." He sprayed his enclosure and lashed out. He spent 10 days on legal quarantine for biting a volunteer. He rearranged his belongings, gleefully knocking over his dishes and litterbox. The staff started to think he should have been named "Trouble!" But it was impossible not to love him. When Buddy was in a good mood, he was affectionate and eager to please. Even when he misbehaved, his darling tabby face made him easy to forgive.
At heart, Buddy's bad behavior just expressed his profound sadness and frustration. This active kitty needed to explore, not spend his days confined! Outdoor barn cat life wasn’t an option, though, because Buddy is FIV+.
When an adopter finally took Buddy home, the rejoicing didn't last long. He soon turned up in a municipal shelter, surrendered by his new family for climbing and disrupting their house. The rescue team drove over, picked him up, and resolved to try again.
When a second family wanted to take him home, the staff crossed their fingers and waited for the call saying "He's too much to handle." Instead - to their delight - they heard how much joy he was bringing to his new family! Now Buddy's acrobatic antics keep his humans entertained. They gave him his favorite stuffed otter, comfy laps to nap on, and a whole house to explore.
When he climbed up to the ceiling at his first vet visit, his dad even patiently climbed up on the counter to retrieve him. They tell us they couldn’t love their "crazy man" more!
Cats like Buddy are a wonderful example of how every animal deserves a second chance. Seattle Area Feline Rescue, our #MonthlyMojo shelter for June, believes that somewhere out there, a good home is waiting for every kitty!