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Pre-Dinner Allorubbing

Pre-Dinner Allorubbing

Miss Aurora Adams has been with us four months as of tomorrow. As you can see from this video, she has settled in rather nicely.

She does love to eat and is right there with the boys when it is meal time. The other day I caught her almost allorubbing my leg as I stood at the kitchen counter preparing their dishes. When I looked down she suddenly realized what she was about to do and ran to the doorway.

Although petting sessions are still a dream of the future, we can give her pets on her tail that cause her to dash away – but only a few feet and then she turns to look at us in disdain.

We are fighting to overcome five years of the only human touch being netted for grooming, dentals and other medical treatment. She has excellent role models in Kermit, Sylvester and Mick Jagger. She watches closely when I sit on the floor after dinner and Sylvester and Kermit come running over for pets. Sylvester settles in on my lap and Kermit snuggles beside my leg.

She seems utterly happy, content and healthy and there has been no more matting of her fur – yeah! I guess she is grooming herself better than she did up at BF.

Thinking About Jewel

Thinking About Jewel

Great Kitty Rescue Cat Jewel relaxes
Great Kitty Rescue Cat Jewel

Jewel was a lovely Siamese Snowshoe cat with a good deal of cattitude. From the very beginning she let us know that she really didn’t belong with all of the other cats from the Great Kitty Rescue. She always maintained that a terrible mistake had been made.

Up at Rescue Village, she did spend a lot of time hanging out with Jim, one of the other Siamese cats. He was more easy going and seemed to calm her and give her some comfort. However, she showed a trait back then when entertaining visitors that continued throughout the years. If people came to visit, she wanted all of the attention to herself and would snap at Jim if he came too close to get his share of the loving.

Great Kitty Rescue cat Jewel has blue eyes
Jewel Blue Eyes

Jim was good about it and would let her have her diva time. After Jim was adopted late in 2010, I think Jewel missed him and was a bit lonely.

Over the years when we visited Jewel in Niblet’s Nest, she would recognize us and respond to us. But she could be moody and it could take some time for her to turn on the charm for pets and treats. At other times, she would hear our voices and run over to say hello head butting and allorubbing as she purred up a storm.

Last year Jewel had a sore on her front leg that would not heal. Ultimately, they found that it was cancer and the decision was made to amputate her leg in the hopes that the cancer would not spread. After her surgery, Jewel was moved to the lobby.

This video shows the first time we visited Jewel in the lobby after her surgery. She was a total joy to be with that visit and as you can see she seemed to like having us around.

Jewel got along just fine as a tri-pod kitty and would scoot around the lobby without a care.

Sadly, the care taken to try to insure that the cancer did not spread was unsuccessful and Miss Jewel was crossed just months after her surgery.

As with many of my GKR feline friends, I miss seeing her when we return to BF to volunteer. I understood and respected her moods and attitude and enjoyed every second of her warmth and charm when she chose to bestow it on me.

GKR Orange Brigade

GKR Orange Brigade

I have known Great Kitty Rescue survivors Nachos, Kudos, Yam and Tommy for about 4 years now.

GKR Orange Brigade
GKR Orange Brigade

At first I had trouble telling these four orange tabby boys apart. Now that I know them so well, it seems odd that their identities were not readily apparent to me. As I got to know them better, I saw their physical differences and since their personalities have blossomed over the years, I can see that they are decidedly unique individuals.

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Nova

Nova

You may not remember Great Kitty Rescue survivor Nova. Many may have never met her.

Great Kitty Rescue cat Nova
Miss Nova June 2010

We do not know how Nova ended up at FLOCK, but we do know her story after she was rescued.

Nova was one of 18 cats “adopted” by a small cat rescue group in Buffalo, NY. When faced with the enormity of caring for and finding homes for over 700 cats, the Cat Adoption Team at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary did all they could to place the cats in homes or with other rescue groups.

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