Any Way You Can Get It

18 Jan


I foster kittens for our shelter sometimes. This can mean weaned  kittens too young for shots, who could use a little human love for some weeks, or even caring for a pregnant mom cat and then her kittens, though I haven’t done that yet.

The first foster gig I took on involved five five-week old kittens. Two were markedly part Siamese, one a calico, and two tortoise shells.

I wound up working with these cats for some time, and by the time they all left the premises they were all spayed or neutered, vaccinated, and went off to new homes.

All except Charlotte. Well, and Jess, but Jess outdid herself later and has since moved up in the world.

But I figured nobody would want Charlotte, should there not be a shortage of housecats.

Because Charlotte has Tortitude. She struggles when I pick her up, she snuggles up against me without provocation, she acts in a peculiar manner at times.

She is the total worst cat adoption bet ever.

Every time I see a new adult female tortie on the shelter web page (and torties without chromosomal abnormalities are all female, because it’s sex-linked) I has a sad. There you are, girl, I think. Another doomed Mad Tortie.

That’s Carlsbad, NM. It’s bad for pets here because it’s breed ’em and dump ’em here. What works everywhere else is a fail here. Throw tons of money into spay/neuter subsidizing? We did that for close to 15 years now. Works everywhere else.

But I digress. 

Meanwhile, as I found myself Doomed To This Cat Who Is Exactly Like Me, my mother was muddling around, trying to work out how to adopt a cat, in a region where human-free cats are much more in demand. I was pleased to advise.

And eventually, Mom too wound up with a Mad Tortie. Zoe watches for terrorists and is appalled at changes, including exhibiting affront at any suggested food changes. She has a seat at the dinner table and evidences extraordinarily fussy tastes in poultry.

Bonding, at last. Or again. That.



2 Responses to “Any Way You Can Get It”

  1. Lindsay 2014/01/18 at 8:02 pm #

    Not sure what you mean by tortitude, or by Mad Torties, but I have a mad tortie! Her name is Magic, and her madness is a lot like mine. She’s anti-social and won’t let you handle her, but she can be very affectionate if you let her approach you on her own terms.


    • Miep 2014/01/18 at 8:18 pm #

      Sounds just like Charlotte. I’ve heard about this from various people, including shelter workers. Oddly, calicos and dilute tortoise shells, which also have the same sex-linked reddening genes, don’t have that standoffish thing going. (The reddening gene can be on or off, and calicos and tortoise shells have one of each, having two X chromosomes, so some of the developing cells go one way and some the other, which is why you don’t see boy calicos or torties, they only have on or off.)


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