This is the seventh and final in a week-long series of interview with less adoptable pets inspired by the BlogPaws Be the Change challenge. All the cats I am interviewing need a home.
Gizmo almost died in a kill shelter because the employees were sure no one would want him. Fortunately, Beth from Toronto Cat Rescue knew he was pawsome and saved him. Gizmo is the classic so-called “less adoptable” cat — although he is healthy, he is not young (he is 10 years old), he is all-black, and an infection left him with ears that look a little different from your average cat. But why should any of this matter when he would love to do nothing more than have some lap time with a human he can call his own? In my opinion, Gizmo is the perfect image of a totally-adoptable kitty!
How long ago was it that you were dumped at the shelter? And tell me how the humans from Toronto Cat Rescue came to save you.
I was dumped at the shelter in May of this year when my human Mom died. The people at the shelter wanted to kill me right away because they didn’t think anybody would love an older cat like me. Then Beth from Toronto Cat Rescue came out to rescue me. I was sooooo happy to see her, but didn’t know what in the world would happen to me after that!!
Did you already have your “cauliflower ears” when you landed at that shelter? You certainly do not look like a fighter, so I don’t think you got them from boxing!
Yes! I already had cauliflower ears because I had a really bad ear infection and my human Mom didn’t know it was there until my ears collapsed. It hurt so bad, but I couldn’t be mad at her since she was a very sick old lady. My ears are fine now though and I think I look very unique with my ears like this!
Honestly, our ears are so delicate that I’m surprised they don’t get damaged more often! Tell me about your gorgeous fur — is it as silky in person as it looks in the photos? Do you need lots of grooming, or just a good brushing or combing to keep it looking so nice?
Why thank you so much! My fur wasn’t always this nice. My new foster Dad Steve gives me really good food and brushes me all the time. I looooove that!!!
Do you miss your claws? Or were you declawed so long ago that you don’t even notice they are gone anymore?
I always miss my claws. I was declawed a long time ago, but there are times I wish I could give these big dogs in my foster home a good swipe to tell them to leave me alone!
About those dogs in your foster home — apparently you are not overly fond of them. I can totally relate! Tell me what annoys you about them.
These big lugs are always drooling, barking and run me over when they run for the door! They’re nice to me, just so loud!
So I gather you would probably prefer a dog-free home, but you like other kitties? Or would smaller dogs be okay?
Oh… I’m used to the dogs now and don’t really mind them so much. There are 12 kitties in my foster home, and they don’t bug me too much.
What do you enjoy at your foster home? Anything you can’t get enough of?
I miss lap-time! There are so many cats in my foster home, and my foster Dad always has somebody else perched on his lap before I can get there.
What do you think would be the absolute best thing about finding a permanent home?
Knowing somebody is always there for me. I want to know that somebody will love me forever and ever.