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Dapper Dan Decides

Dapper Dan, adoptable cat at Cat Depot

Hello friends and fans, Dapper Dan here at the keyboard. Or, well, I'm meowing with the staff, so they can interpret.

I am Cat Depot's tenth Meow Mayor, and if I may say so myself, I think the cats and humans made a purring good choice. I am handsome, funny, and I have watched previous mayors in action. You may even have seen me on the Facebook page from time to time. Social Media Experience. I'm putting that on my resume...

 

 

 

 

 

Dapper Dan, adoptable cat at Cat Depot

Dapper Dan Decides, Going Home!

 

Greetings Esteemed Guests and Loyal Fans,

It would seem our dog test paid off for me. I'm off to my new home as I write this. I'm leaving this note with my officemate, and the humans should post it shortly.

I'm going home to several humans, four dogs, and one older cat. Luckily, my time here at Cat Depot prepared me well for all this. The dogs are large, but used to living with cats, and the kitty is lazy and laid-back, just the way I like my roommates.

I enjoyed my time at Cat Depot and learned a lot from all the humans and kitties I met. But the office was starting to feel claustrophobic and I am incredibly excited to get room to really stretch my paws.

Best wishes and good luck to my constituents,
Dapper Dan
Meow Mayor of Cat Depot

 

Dapper Dan, adoptable cat at Cat Depot

Dapper Dan Decides, Day 20

 

Greetings Esteemed Guests and Loyal Fans,

It seems as though every Meow Mayor eventually devotes a post to our canine companions. While none of my fellow residents at Cat Depot are dogs, we hear about them. A visitor will say “I’m usually a dog person, but…” as they stroke my fur. A staff member will leave photos of their pets on the desk. A potential adopter will talk about how they are getting a cat because they “don’t have time” for a dog… the list goes on.

For most of the kitties at Cat Depot, our first exposure to a real, live dog is Mimi the Official Cat Tester.

Meeting Mimi is a good introduction to dogs. She is small, more cat-sized, and very gentle. She trots into each room with her human attendant, and looks very happy. She doesn’t approach us on her own, but lets us walk up to her if we are curious. She is careful not to stare into our eyes, which is intimidating even when other cats do it.

At first, some of us are very scared. She smells different than a cat, and some kitties aren’t sure what to expect from her. They shy away and avoid contact, and some of them even hiss.

Once we realize Mimi isn’t going to eat us, we calm down a bit. Cats are known for our curiosity, after all. The last time Mimi came in, Bennet and Zag were fascinated. They both followed her around and snuck up behind her to sniff at her fur. I think they might like dogs, especially if they are as friendly as Mimi is.

I’ve heard from other kitties that not all dogs are like Mimi. Tater Tot says he lived with a dog who was much bigger, bigger than any cat I’ve ever seen. And he was brash, too, always wanting to sniff Tater Tot and get into his business. Tater prefers Mimi.

So I think it’s great that we can get used to Mimi here in a safe setting. This way, the next dog we meet isn’t as much of a shock, even if they aren’t exactly like her.

Sincerely,
Dapper Dan
Meow Mayor of Cat Depot

 

Dapper Dan, adoptable cat at Cat Depot

Dapper Dan Decides, Day 14

 

Greetings Esteemed Guests and Loyal Fans,

The topic of the day is, environment. It's amazing what difference a change of scenery can make in a kitty's life. You'll find most cats bloom in a home environment with a foster or their 'dopter. So many of my peers have sent updates from their furever homes, amazed at the change in themselves and their relationships with humans.

Delilah, the senior Maine Coon, slept with her 'dopters right off the bat. Winter, the white FIV+ kitty, took to the other cats in the home as if they were her own kittens. Former Meow Mayor Stardust reports she has blossomed into an affectionate house cat after her adoption.

Even here at Cat Depot, a move can make a big impact. Fewer roommates, different roommates, more visitors, or fewer visitors... I've met cats who like it different ways. Rachel wanted fewer roommates and fewer visitors at a time. Loki wanted more visitors to play with him. Abby loves living in a quiet office where she claims every lap, and Rocket was happy living with multiple cats.

I count myself lucky to be able to witness these changes in my fellow kitties. It teaches me about my friends and about kitty nature in general, enabling me to help my peers and grow as a cat.

Sincerely,
Dapper Dan
Meow Mayor of Cat Depot

 

Dapper Dan, adoptable cat at Cat Depot

Dapper Dan Decides, Day 7

 

Greetings Esteemed Guests and Loyal Fans,

Last night was Halloween! It was very chilly yesterday, so I spent most of the day cuddled up in my bed, taking a well deserved nap. It was a relaxing Tuesday, but I had one or two visitors. One of them asked me about all the black kitties we have right now.

"Why do you have so many?" they asked. "Aren't you concerned about them getting adopted?"

This was the first I heard about black cats and Halloween. Apparently, some people even consider me to be a black cat! I wasn't sure how to answer, so like a good leader, I went to my friends who are better informed.

Jett is an old friend. We arrived at Cat Depot the same week. We are close in age and spent most of the last ten months as roommates. And, she is an entirely black kitty. I knew that if anyone could tell me the real story, it would be her.

"Black is classic. We have a lot of black kittens, because it's the most common color," Jett explained. "But we have almost as many brown tabby kittens, if you've noticed."

I had not. But once I looked around, I realized it was true! We had seven solid black kittens and six brown tabbies. They're the ones with black stripes on a brown background.

"Interesting," I meowed. "Would you count me as a black cat?"

Jett squinted at me and stretched. I guess it helps her think. "Maybe, if you like. Most of your fur is black, but I think I'd call you a black tuxedo."

I nodded. That's what I thought. I always considered myself a Tuxedo and didn't worry so much about the color.

Now when I look around the 'doption floor, I see so many kittens like me! Before, I looked for white whiskers and mittens on their feet, but now I see myself in every patch of black fur.

Sincerely,
Dapper Dan
Meow Mayor of Cat Depot

 

Dapper Dan, adoptable cat at Cat Depot

Dapper Dan Decides, Day 6

 

Greetings Esteemed Guests and Loyal Fans,

And Happy Meowoween!

I always thought my asymmetry was an endearing trait that brought character to my otherwise pristine good looks. I've missed the top portion of my left ear as long as I can remember.

It turns out a lot of cats here have the same trait! At first I thought I started a trend, but eventually Santara - my Senior Adviser - clued me in. My missing ear tip means I've been neutered.

A lot of people think that cats who have the tip of one ear clipped off are feral, but it's a little more complicated than that. For instance, I have an ear clipped, but I am a friendly and well socialized kitty. Some of my friends have ear clips too, like Tessie and Kumar. Even some kittens, like Charlie and Delta, have ear tips.

In fact, vets clip a cat's ear during a TNVR - that is Trap, Neuter, Vaccinate, and Return. A TNVR project targets feral cats, but many also target community cats in general. Community cats are any unowned cats who lives outside, including strays, abandoned cats, feral cats, and kittens of ferals.

Sometimes friendly cats are caught in a TNVR and they might be ear-tipped and released until there's an opportunity to rehome them. TNVR saves space in shelters and helps reduce the number of unwanted cats by preventing new kittens from being born to a dangerous, unpredictable environment.

The ear clipping is done under anesthesia, and once the cat is returned to where it was found, the missing tip helps humans figure out who has been neutered and who hasn't.

Now a bit of my history is more clear to me. I must have been neutered when I was a community cat. I remember that I lived outside for a part of my life, but I can't measure how long it was.

Sincerely,
Dapper Dan
Meow Mayor of Cat Depot

 

Dapper Dan, adoptable cat at Cat Depot

Dapper Dan Decides, Day 3

 

Greetings Esteemed Guests and Loyal Fans,

Fur this handsome doesn't happen by itself. Like most kitties, I spend a good portion of my day grooming. We kitties groom so much because it promotes the production of something called sebum.

Sebum is an oily liquid that comes from our hair follicles and works to waterproof our fur and moisturize our skin. We do so much licking to redistribute the sebum and remove dirt and debris.

Cats are made to be gorgeous!

There are some things I can't do alone, however, like groom my back. For that I have the assistance of my kind officemate. We have a routine going. Every morning I sit in my bed and she brushes me, helping me to remove loose fur. Sometimes when she hits a particularly good spot, I just have to sit up and lean into the brush.

I let her know when I'm finished by getting up and jumping off the the table. I love keeping myself well groomed, but I also want to show it off. I have to be at my best to represent Cat Depot, after all.

Sincerely,
Dapper Dan
Meow Mayor of Cat Depot

 

Dapper Dan, adoptable cat at Cat Depot

Dapper Dan Decides, Day 1

 

Greetings Esteemed Guests and Loyal Fans,

It is I, Dapper Dan, the newly-elected Meow Mayor of Cat Depot! It is my singular pleasure to speak to you today in this, the first address of my term.

You may remember me from my time in Casa de Pablo. I played minor roles in Zahara’s blog, and I have been featured on the Cat Depot Facebook page. I am very photogenic, you know.

I am just thrilled to finally have my day in the limelight, and I’m determined to share the publicity. Jett and Athena are two gorgeous ladies who have been my close companions ever since we arrived here nine months ago. You’ll find that I have the looks, Athena has the energy, and Jett has the cool attitude, making each of us a fine example of kitty kind.

As a distinguished politician, I have been assigned my own office. If you are stopping by Cat Depot, be sure to come see me in Seymour’s Landing. I will give you the inside meow on everything happening here.

Sincerely,
Dapper Dan
Meow Mayor of Cat Depot

 

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