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Zahara - Meow Mayor

Hi everyone, my name is Zahara. I am six years old, a purrfect age if you ask me. I'm petite and pretty, and well qualified for the job - I have the inside scoop on everything that happens around here, and I have been pod-mates with several of the previous mayors. Paws-on experience!

I will do my best to be a fair and hard working mayor, keeping the cats' best in mind. I'm hoping I won't have to do it for long. My predecessor Sally seems very happy in her furever home, and I want to be too.

 

Zahara, adoptable cat at Cat Depot

Zahara's Section, Day 60


Hi Everyone!

I dreaded my one-year anniversary last week, but it passed just like any other day. Breakfast, playtime, clicker-training, and greeting visitors. It takes a lot out of me, so I spent time recharging on the catio. Coalson, Jett, and I have been taking naps out there every afternoon.

It was a quiet Friday, but sometimes it's nice to have a break from the busy life of trying to impress 'dopters. The planning for the upcoming FIV adoption event is done, so I got a chance to relax with my pod mates.

A nice couple came in to visit. They loved Coalson (who wouldn't) and were looking for a buddy to go with him. I put my best paw forward, and they chose me!

I was a little hesitant at first, because I've met dozens of 'dopters who chose another cat over me. I guess I'm slow to trust now. But, these humans have nice voices and are good at petting. I look forward to going home with them!

I'm a cat who generally keeps to myself, but if I had to go home with another kitty I'm glad it's Coalson. He's a friendly, easy-going guy. I like him pretty well as long as he isn't trying to steal my food.

I left this message with Typist, but by the time you're reading it I've already gone home. It was wonderful to share my thoughts with you all.

Wish me luck!
Zahara
Former Meow Mayor of Cat Depot

Zahara, adoptable cat at Cat Depot

Zahara's Section, Day 54


Hi everyone!

We had a very busy week here at Cat Depot. Over 30 kitties found their furever homes and I'm thrilled to tell you at least six pairs of kitties have been 'dopted together. Some were siblings, some were friends, and one pair (Bandar and Annie) met for the first time at adoption.

Many humans think we are solitary animals by nature, but that isn't always the case. Just like humans, some of us prefer company and others prefer solitude. Kittens especially love having a playmate to wrestle and cuddle with while their humans are at work.

It can be hard for humans to predict which kitties will become friends. If you're looking for a loving pair, it's easiest to pick a pair of us who have already met and bonded. But if you're looking for a buddy for your single kitty, Coalson, Apollo, Javier, and Rocket are some cat-friendly kitties seeking a BFF (Best Feline Friend.)

I've been thinking. We've done so well with kittens recently, and our senior adoption event was so successful last month. Shouldn't it be my turn? I meowed to the humans about this, and they agreed that the FIV+ kitties deserve a turn in the spotlight.

From August 19th - 20th, Cat Depot will be hosting Think POSITIVE, an adoption event for FIV+ cats! We will go home with a $35 gift certificate for a wellness exam at the Rose Durham Cat Care Clinic, as well as a bag of goodies, toys, and treats!

It's a good time for it too, because my one-year anniversary is fast approaching.

Love,
Zahara
Meow Mayor of Cat Depot

Zahara, adoptable cat at Cat Depot

Zahara's Section, Day 48


Hi Everyone!

It has been an exciting week for us FIV kitties! Jewels, the charming girl with the grumpy face, found her furever home. And we got three new roommates.

Jewels' adopter came to visit her every day for nearly a month, waiting for the day when she was ready to bring Jewels home. It was incredibly sweet for us to see a human who bonded so much with one of our close friends. I purrsonally wish Jewels the best in her furever home.

Our most recent addition is Silver, a pretty gray girl whose fur shines like the metal she was named for. Silver is still very shy, but I think she'll come around. From long experience I know she'll feel safer if I let her come out on her own time, which is why I didn't let Coalson push his big head into her hiding spot to say hello.

We have two new orange boys in the pod too: Bam Bam and Stewie. Bam Bam is a sleek buff tabby who loves attention and loves his food. When the staff comes in to feed us in the morning, I get out of the way. I'm not sure where he puts all the food; he must burn it off somehow.

Stewie is a small guy with a chubby face. I think it looks really cute, but don't tell him I said so. I don't want it to go to his head. He's also a polydactyl cat, which means he has more toes than usual. He almost has thumbs! Just imagine how much more I could accomplish if we could unlock the pod after closing time. Hmm... I'll have to take this idea to committee.

With Love,
Zahara
Meow Mayor of Cat Depot

Zahara, adoptable cat at Cat Depot

Zahara's Section, Day 42


Hi Everyone!

Did you know that dogs come in sizes?

I've met Mimi, the little poodle, several times now. I didn't realize that she was a small dog! Today, a different dog visited us, and she was much bigger. Maybe twice the size of Coalson. I think the size threw him a little bit, even though he's used to dogs.

Her name is Rocket, and she is a big brown and black dog with white fur speckling her face. I saw her come by the lanai before she entered the building, and my interest was piqued. Then, a few minutes later, Athena saw her walk down the adoption floor.

Rocket stopped in our pod and sniffed around. I watched her from the cat door, but she didn't attack or bark, so I decided she wasn't a threat.

I learned later that she visited all the pods, so we could meet a dog bigger than Mimi. Her human guide explained she didn't expect us to get very close to Rocket at first, but that it was good to see and smell her anyway. Something about "desensitizing."

I think I understand what that means. After all, it's only through repeated exposure to Mimi I'm getting more used to the idea of dogs being around me.

Love,
Zahara
Meow Mayor of Cat Depot

Zahara, adoptable cat at Cat Depot

Zahara's Section, Day 39


Hi Everyone!

You really shouldn't give up just because you aren't immediately good at something. I struggled for a week with my second clicker training trick, but now I'm really starting to get it.

I was out on the lanai yesterday with my trainer, and something just "clicked." The human tapped my cat tree and I jumped up. I must've gotten it right, because I got a treat for it!

I did it three more times before I got distracted by Coalson and wandered off. It's not purrfect, but it's progress. Practice and perseverance really do make a difference.

Hazel started training yesterday, too. Her room is quieter and less crowded than mine, so she was able to focus in a way that's hard for me. She figured out the same trick in just minutes.

It took me over a week, but I'm not jealous. I'm happy for Hazel, because I know she gets bored in her office all alone. Clicker training will help her channel all that energy into something productive.

Love,
Zahara
Meow Mayor of Cat Depot

Zahara, adoptable cat at Cat Depot

Zahara's Section, Day 36


Hi Everyone!

I'm just exhausted from the big weekend. Eight senior kitties went home, with Shumara leading the pack. Then, ten adoptions on Monday alone! I was meowing my goodbyes to kitties every few minutes.

I has quieted down a bit, so I can focus on my training. I've got "come" down completely, but the next trick is giving me some trouble. I see that my trainer is asking me to do something, but I'm not sure what they're asking for. I know what to do when there's a treat in sight, but when it's just the trainer signaling me, my mind goes blank.

I'm still working on it, though. I'm sure I'll get it eventually.

Love,
Zahara
Meow Mayor of Cat Depot

Zahara, adoptable cat at Cat Depot

Zahara's Section, Day 28


Hi Everyone!

It has been a busy week. With Shumara adopted, I'm helping the senior kitties gear up for the Cat Depot Classics adoption event this weekend. Then we had Mimi the canine cat-tester visit, so I had to coordinate the testing. Mimi is great. In fact, she's my favorite dog in the whole world! (She's also the only dog I've ever met.)

I'm still startled when she shows up, but I'm getting less afraid of her every time we meet. It's great that Mimi is so calm and friendly. She doesn't come toward me if I don't want her to, and I don't have to worry about sudden movements. I hear from Coalson that there are dogs much bigger and more energetic than Mimi, so I'm really glad I met her first. I'm not as big and confident as Coalson - he has even lived with a Pit Bull. Sounds big.

With all these additions to my regular duties, I've been swamped. I barely even had time to continue my clicker training. I'm practicing "come," but now I've moved on to more advanced tricks too. This week I'm learning to jump up on surfaces on command.

My trainer says they use this trick at home to keep their kitty from escaping through the door. They tap a shelf near the front door, so their kitty will perch there, then they safely exit the house, letting the cat watch from her perch. I think that's pretty clever. Keeps cats engaged, and helps them stay safe at the same time.

It has been a really educational day for all of us, dog testing and clicker training and all. And our end goal is making us more equipped to be 'dopted and taken to our furever homes.

Love,
Zahara
Meow Mayor of Cat Depot

Zahara, adoptable cat at Cat Depot

Zahara's Section, Day 23


Hi Everyone!

This week I'm taking a page out of Sally's book and working on my resume. I joined clicker training to further my education. The teacher says I'm a natural, and I'm doing very well with our first lesson: "Come."

The teacher stands somewhere in the room and I do what comes naturally: I walk up and greet them with a rub on their hand. I didn't even know I was so smart!

I hope they don't assign homework, because I'm swimming in work getting ready for the event next weekend. The Cat Depot Classics event is Shumara's pet project, but of course I'm helping. She is always so supportive, I couldn't leave her high and dry.

Everyone's really excited for next weekend. It's a great opportunity for our older kitties to shine. During the event, all the kitties who are eight years and over have a reduced adoption fee of $25. Their 'dopters also take home a $30 gift certificate for a wellness exam in the Rose Durham Cat Care Clinic and a Kitty Care package (cat bed, toys and treats.)

Torrie has been practicing her sales pitch, and Grace has been grooming all day to make sure her fur will be spotless. I tried to tell her the event isn't until next Friday, but she just said, "My fur doesn't get this soft on its own."

There's lots to do, but I've got a great team helping out - some of the humans even got involved!

Love,
Zahara
Meow Mayor of Cat Depot

Zahara, adoptable cat at Cat Depot

Zahara's Section, Day 16


Hi Everybody!

Zahara here! It has been an eventful summer, with Critter Camp in session. The Campers come by to visit us at the end of each day, and I don't remember ever seeing so many young humans before.

The group this week were taking statistics for some of the cats, and we got a big surprise: Coalson - my big, friendly roommate - is the largest cat at Cat Depot.

We all expected Giga in the chubby pod to be the "winner," but Coalson's got almost a pound on her.

I interviewed him about this dubious honor. "I'm not chubby, I'm just big boned" he told me. Eighteen pounds of big bones, to be exact. Coalson is often found sprawled out on his side, lying in the shade, but sometimes he'll be sitting above one of his roommates, helping us get a bath.

Coalson's size makes me think that maybe he has been eating more than his fair share. Finally - a case worthy of Zahara: Cat Depot's Meow Mayor/Investigative Reporter!

I think that title has a ring to it, don't you?

Love,
Zahara
Meow Mayor of Cat Depot

Zahara, adoptable cat at Cat Depot

Zahara's Section, Day 8


Hi Everyone!

It's hard work, being the Meow Mayor. Don't get me wrong - I love it. But, I do spend a lot of time keeping track of who's being adopted and who is new here. It's my job to make sure every new kitty is formally welcomed to Cat Depot, after all. The only thanks I need is the moment when the new kitty finally feels comfortable enough to venture out of their hiding space and into the light.

The task can be daunting, especially at this time of the year when so many little kittens are coming and being adopted almost before I can learn their names. I really hope I'm doing my position justice.

When others express their appreciation, I feel like I'm succeeding. Today, Typist came into my pod with a package that came all the way from Texas! It was from our friend Mike.

I remember the packages he sent to Bernard and Crinkle when they were Mayors. I heard our Typist read out his letters to the whole pod, and Bernard shared his toys and treats with me. It made me feel really special to know that this time, the letter was addressed to me.

Mike wished me luck, and he seemed so confident that I will do a good job I began to believe it. It feels great to realize that even when I'm not sure of myself, I have people and kitties out there who support me.

Love,
Zahara
Meow Mayor of Cat Depot

Zahara, adoptable cat at Cat Depot

 

Zahara, adoptable cat at Cat Depot

Zahara's Section, Day 4


Hi Everyone!

Did you know that sometimes, even after you're 'dopted, you can still get lost?

I was surprised too. If I had a forever home I wouldn't want to wander. But, some kitties do get lost. They run between someone's legs, or find a rip in the catio screen, or are even put outside on purpose!

The idea scares me, especially since it rained really hard today. It was so wet and windy that we all came inside from the catio. As I sat in my warm, dry bed I wondered, "What about the cats who got lost today? Will they be able to find their way back in the rain? Or will they get confused and disoriented, and wander even further from home?"

I was so concerned that I asked around Cat Depot. My typist says only 56-72% of lost cats are found by their owners, and only around 2% of lost cats are recovered from shelters.

They recommend all cats get microchipped, so they can be returned home if they reach a shelter. It's also important, Typist says, to give kitties visual identification, such as an ID tag on a breakaway collar. That way, friendly strangers will know the kitty has a home to go to, and know it's not a homeless stray.

Like all Cat Depot kitties, I am already microchipped. I'd be willing to wear a collar too, if it meant I wouldn't get lost. I just hope it wouldn't clash with my fur!

Love,
Zahara
Meow Mayor of Cat Depot

Zahara, adoptable cat at Cat Depot

Zahara's Section, Day 1


Hi Everybody!

It's Zahara again! I am proud to accept the position of Meow Mayor after Sally's adoption! I didn't think it would happen, but here I am. I think I can definitely do it justice. And I am prepared, I have a lot of experience.

I lived in Casa de Pablo with former Meow Mayors Bernard and Crinkle, and I learned a lot from them.

I'm excited to share my thoughts with you all, because it's hard to get a word in here, usually. My pod often operates at full capacity. Casa de Pablo is the home-away-from home for Cat Depot's FIV+ kitties until they move on to furever homes.

Right now I have six roommates. If you have siblings I'm sure you understand how hard it can be to find your own space and have your own voice when you're competig with so many others.

Fortunately for me, it's my turn to shine!

Love,
Zahara
Meow Mayor of Cat Depot

 

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