Well, we’re over 10 weeks into our COVID-imposed islolation and we’re doing OK, aren’t we? Especially good news is that it’s working - we’re flattening the curve. Like many on social media have suggested, “social isolation” is not a good term for what we’re doing. It’s really physical distancing that we need to do, while it’s actually thanks to our social connective-ness that we’re making it work.
Sam knows all about social isolation, the real social isolation, I mean. He knows enough that he never wants to go back to those days again. First the terrifying weeks or months alone on the winter streets of Collingwood, hungry, cold and frightened. Then alone in a cage at the shelter, afraid of the strange smells and sounds, never knowing what’s coming next.
Sam is now safe and happy in an a local shelter. Sam is missing one eye, removed surgically for an eye disease in the past. We don’t have his medical records as he came in as a stray, but someone loved Sam is his previous life, saw that he got veterinary care and surgery and looked after him until he recovered. It shows in his behaviour too; Sam is gentle, placid and non-aggresssive. He is shy at first, a legacy of his fight for survival, but once he decides to trust you, he’s got a whole lot of love to give. Right now Sam just wants to sleep, to make up for all those terrifying nights when he was afraid to
close his eyes. When he wakes, he loves to lounge in a sunny window and watch the world go by. He’s learned to call out for his humans to let them know he’s ready for some attention, and likely to check that they’re really there.
We’re all getting a bit weary of this physical distancing thing. But Sam has already put it behind him, by staying at home. He’s waiting for a loving family of his own who can shower him with attention, so that he never has to be alone again.
Sam gets along well with other cats as long as they are not aggressive or dominant.
He would also be OK by himself in a loving home