Even though Lowell was abandoned outside the Oakland animal shelter, he still seemed like one of the lucky ones. He tested positive for FIV, but was pretty easy going and affectionate, so he was quickly moved into the adoption area at the shelter.
For the most part, cats in the adoption room at the shelter fall of Cat Town’s radar unless they start to become stressed there. Lowell had all the signs of a cat who’d sail through and be adopted quickly, so they were pleased to see him move into the adoption room.
It was a bit of a surprise, then, to learn that he bit a volunteer. And it wasn’t just a nip. He held on tight while getting his teeth in. Cat Town’s mission is to help every cat at the shelter, even the ones who have challenging behaviors. That’s grounded in a belief that you can’t accurately assess a cat while he’s in a cage and surrounded by the sound of barking dogs. Still, Lowell’s behavior gave them pause.
So, rather than bringing him to a foster home, and potentially putting one of their fosters in a difficult situation, Cat Town decided to bring him to their transition space next to Cat Town Cafe, so he could decompress from a stressful shelter stay.
The plan was to give him a wide berth, and not try to interact much at first, but that was interrupted when, as he was going into a carrier, they realized that he had ringworm. While just a minor skin fungus, it can spread so quickly on a cat with FIV, so they knew they needed to intervene quickly.
The treatment involves holding him twice a week while getting wiping him down with a fungal wash. They were a little nervous of him at first, but he was nothing less than a perfect gentleman all throughout his treatment, and became a favorite among the volunteers.
Cat Town’s mission is to help cats who seem unadoptable because they are overwhelmed in the shelter environment. Lowell is yet another reminder that all we need to do is get these guys out of a cage and into an environment where they feel safe.
Now that he’s in a foster home, Lowell is a super chill guy who loves to snuggle. There is nothing difficult or complicated about him.