There they were in the windows again — the plump cats with glossy fur, enjoying the morning sun’s rays. The four wild young cats often saw these leisurely creatures perched inside of pretty, petite houses with neatly manicured lawns. It was a life that seemed a world away for cats that had to scrounge for food while keeping an eye out for cars, loose dogs, and other predators. Life indoors was a strange, unfathomable world to them… but perhaps they found something about it appealing because when they decided to put down roots, they settled on the grounds of a beautifully decorated, homey Los Alamitos restaurant that was surrounded by a lush garden.
But even in these nice surroundings, life was tough. Too tough for the male of the group. The runt of the litter, he began to weaken from hunger. He probably would not have survived much longer, but one of the restaurant’s servers captured him. She held him gently and talked sweetly to him. Then she took him away and he never came back. The other three thought that maybe he had gone off to that other world where the well-groomed cats lived. The bolder of the three kittens who were left wondered if maybe there was a place in that world for her.
The three young cats had come to the attention of some of the restaurant’s other servers, and they began feeding the three of them secretly, so as not to draw the attention of the other shop owners on the property. They knew that feeding feral cats would not be appreciated. But the three cats did not know and did not care. They came around to eat and while they appreciated the meals, they would not come too close.
The servers realized that the growing kittens would soon become mature young ladies and didn’t want them to breed and perpetuate the sad circle of suffering that feral cats call survival. So they called the Long Beach Spay and Neuter Foundation, which trapped the three girls, spayed them, and returned them to the restaurant’s grounds. The cats soon went back to their usual feeding routine, except for the bolder one. She began to demand her dinner, and if it wasn’t served promptly, she would barge right into the restaurant’s back door, fussing for food. A couple of times she even came in through the dining room. That’s when one of the servers named her Fussy — and knew that it was time to take her away from the restaurant, before she got into trouble.
The Long Beach Spay and Neuter Foundation was called again and they returned with their traps — but they first caught one of the other cats. A couple of days later they returned and trapped Fussy and her sister. It was only after they saw the three cats together that they realized that the first cat they trapped was not a sibling, as they had assumed, but the mother of the two sisters. The mom cat was barely a kitten herself when she had had her family.
The server took all three cats home and shut them in the extra bedroom of her home. Then she began the long process of socializing them — a job she hadn’t intended to take on, but willingly did nonetheless. It was the holiday season and over the next few months, she learned a lot about fostering feral cats. She found that both play and food were helpful at creating bonds with them, and Fussy quickly came around. Within a few weeks, she could pick up and hold Fussy and eventually she could even clip her claws. Fussy enjoyed living in a house, and while she wasn’t a lap cat and probably never would be, she loved receiving affection and playing until she was exhausted. Because the server was married, and she and her husband had different work hours, there was always someone around to be Fussy’s friend.
Time passed, and as Fussy became used to the world of indoors and people, it was finally time to find her a home… which brings us here. Fussy is a smart, affectionate and playful cat, once feral, but who is now ready to have her own humans. While she would be shy for a while in new surroundings, once she got used to a new home, you would probably never know that she once lived on the streets as a feral cat. She currently lives in the Long Beach, CA area, and her foster humans really want her to find a home close by with nice people who will let them keep in touch — which is a good thing, because they will be happy to kitty sit if it is ever needed. Fussy is about a year old, has impeccable litter box habits and is up to date on vaccinations. She’s used to being around other cats, and is very teachable. She would do best in a calm home with at least one person around much of the time. If you know of anyone who fits this description, let me know and my human will pass the information along!
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