Isla came into care from the now very well known hoarding situation in Toronto. She’s a classic Calico beauty, with wide clear eyes and a soft step. Isla loves to sit on her cat tower in the hammock gazing at the world outside. She was hand fed by foster Mom and the older children in the home for several days before she found the courage to share meals with her younger foster brother Aladdin. Shes now grooming herself, after Foster Mom groomed her with a facecloth after her meals. She’s a peaceful cat who tolerates handling and kisses by humans, but her new person should understand that she is timid probably due to the fact she had to compete and fight for her food.
Her foster family meets a Isla where she is day to day, and we think this has contributed to her coming around so quickly. She will play, on her own terms, and she is quite fastidious about her littering and grooming. She’s really quite in love with the family dog, and doesn’t hesitate to rub his face with her cheek, or wind around his legs. Although Isla is young, she seems a bit of an old soul. Gentle handling and introductions to new rooms, toys, or experience are best done slowly, but she has made so much progress in the eight days since her removal from a very bad situation. She specifically enjoys spending time curled up observing the people in her life, and she loves gentle ear scratches.
I think Isla is very tolerant, but she doesn’t seem to care if the other foster kitten is with her. She eats peacefully with him, showing that she’s a team player, and certainly the company of another pet is an imprinted experience from birth. I don’t think she would do well with very young children, but she enjoys our 12 year old and two older teens. The vacuum cleaner is still difficult for her, but other noises including barking seem fine. Isla needs a supportive home that will help her to become a cat, not just a survivor. She gets a lot of encouragement to play, and we do some behaviour work with her. This should be continued, and it’s not hard. A few minutes a few times a day with a toy, or a cuddle with soft food on your fingers, gentle brushing, and sitting with her while she watches the birds all build confidence. Her sweet nature makes her easy to love, but loving her will mean helping her into adulthood.
A level headed nurturing dog with obedience training or a non dominant and friendly cat would be fine.