Sweetie is a gentle, affectionate, playful, young kitty (6 months old) ready for a forever home. She has silky, medium-length gray fur, graceful long legs and lovely yellow-green eyes.
She came to the shelter as a stray, where she started losing weight for unknown reasons. After entering foster care it became clear that she doesn't perceive kitty kibble as food and was ravenous for moist foods. Also, Sweetie was craving human affection. Now she is a healthy, happy, friendly girl looking for a forever home with someone who enjoys cuddling and playing, and who will feed her canned food mixed with her kibble.
Sweetie likes being pet and talked to, especially while sitting on a lap or chest (if her human is reclining), or while being held. She likes to be warm, and if a lap is not available she often sleeps near the heater, in a sunny window or under a fleecy blanket.
She also loves to play, especially the game of "fishing," in which a person flicks a pole to which a string is tied with a cat toy at the end. To chase that toy, she will hide and pounce, gallop and leap, race up a tall scratching post and jump off, and often will trot around proudly with the toy in her mouth after she catches it.
Sweetie is smart and sometimes asks for playtime by sitting or mewing politely by the cupboard where the fishing pole is kept (she is not allowed to play with it alone, because a cat can become dangerously entangled).
Sweetie would like a forever home where somebody has time to share affection and attention. She spent two weeks living with an energetic young foster kitten but he was too rough-and-tumble for her. She might enjoy a calmer cat for company, but she seems especially oriented to humans.
You can arrange to meet Sweetie at her foster home or at the shelter, by appointment. Adoption paperwork needs to be completed at the shelter.
If you are looking for a lost pet or are interested in adopting, becoming a volunteer or fostering, visit the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter or go online to www.scanimalshelter.org.
The Santa Cruz shelter, 2200 Seventh Ave., is open noon to 7 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The Watsonville shelter, 580 Airport Blvd., is open 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and closed noon to 1 p.m. for lunch. Call 454-7303, ext. 0, for more information.