I adopted Bagheera as a kitten almost two years ago. At the time he seemed like the perfect, wonderful addition to my life and animal family. I never dreamed that some day I would have to find him another home.
It is really difficult to predict precisely what anyone’s personality will be like when they become an adult. By the time Bagheera was mature it was really clear that he did not want to share me, or the household, with other cats, and nothing I said or did changed his behavior.
I turned him into an indoor/outdoor cat, and he truly enjoyed being outside. There he had plenty of space to run and jump and burn off the youthful energy he had in spades.
He also got to hang out in the yard with my dog, Puma, who he adored, and my clients and students who he also loved, twining himself around them and offering hugs.
But the situation is not ideal. Bagheera still picks on older or weaker cats and must be kept separate from them. He deserves a home of his own where he can be loved and free to enjoy his life to the fullest.
Kindred Souls Foundation has agreed to post him on Petfinder, essentially making me his foster parent so that Bagheera would not have to go into a shelter situation. If interested you can contact Kindred Souls Foundation through his profile.
However, it is kitten season, a difficult time of year to find an adult cat a home, so I want to ask for help from my readers. Please pass this along to any friends who may live in Washington state and help Bagheera find his forever home!
VERY AFFECTIONATE – GIVES HUGS: Bagheera is a people cat, and greets all my guests. He always greets me with a purr, wants to be petted and will ask to be picked up. He is a purr machine, and very cuddly. He will throw himself over your shoulder and expect you to catch him in your arms (he does not use his claws to stop from sliding—he trusts that you will do that). He will lean into you, will rub your cheek with his and purr. Loves to cuddle against your body and be carried, will let you turn him pretty much any which way. He is large (almost 14 lbs., and may try to smother your face with affection while you are in bed (-:
ACTIVE AND PLAYFUL: He loves to play games, and while he will play on his own, he prefers to play with his person. He will chase a laser beam or cat toy for quite a while.
WHEN IS A CAT LIKE A DOG? Bagheera can be dog-like in wanting to be involved in what you are doing. When I garden he tries to help by digging with me, which can be amusing. He has wanted to follow my dog and I on walks but was easily scared back home by traffic (which is a good thing).
MIGHTY HUNTER: You will not have a rodent problem with Bagheera around. He even hunts earthworms!
CLEAN AND TIDY: Bagheera is very good about using the litter box.
RESPONSIVE: He comes when you call him.
NO CATS: Bagheera needs a household that respects his need to be the only cat.
YES to a DOG, medium-size or larger: Bagheera would really enjoy living with a dog that liked cats and that is not high energy. He tried to make friends with my 82 lb. dog, who is tolerant but not interested in being his buddy. In my opinion he is not confident enough to live with more than one dog unless they are really laid-back.
ADULTS or FAMILY with OLDER CHILDREN: He would do best in an adult household or one with older children where he had one or two people he could really bond with, and who are good at saying “no.” He needs someone who understands cat behavior and what being over-stimulated looks like.
TRICKS: He is quite intelligent and could be taught tricks.
INDOOR/OUTDOOR ACCESS: Since I had to turn him into an indoor-outdoor cat he would not do well as indoor only now. He likes to be outside because there is action and he likes to hunt, but if you are outside doing something he will hang around with you. He is used to having shelter (porch and bed) for when it rains. He would much prefer being inside with you when the weather is not nice.
If you are interested in adopting Bagheera please contact Kindred Souls Foundation through his profile and follow their steps through the adoption process.
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Rose De Dan, Wild Reiki and Shamanic Healing LLC, is a mesa carrier in the Peruvian shamanic tradition. In addition she is also a Reiki Master Teacher, animal communicator, author of the acclaimed book Tails of a Healer: Animals, Reiki and Shamanism, and creator of Animal and Reiki Art. As an animal shaman, she views her role as a healer as one of building bridges between people and animals, and of empowering them to reconnect with Pachamama, Mother Earth.
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