Redmond Adoptable Cats

Here you’ll find the cats who are currently available for adoption at our Redmond store. Each store has cats for adoption, but Redmond’s adoption kennels are permanent, meaning that we never need to foster out those cats, and they get to peaceably live at our Café until a family takes them home.

Kirkland has 6 “as available” kennels, and Redmond has 9 permanent kennels, and it’s only a 10 minute drive between the two. So, if you’re looking for a lovely kitty to add to your home, consider visiting with each location! We hope you find a kitty to adopt soon, even if it’s not with us.

Longest Tenure

This is the cat who’s been here the longest. (There can be a tie for this accolade if the cats arrived on the same day.) Typically, if this cat has been here for at least a month, they’ve been passed over at least twice already. These cats still need and could do well in a home, but they just haven’t found their perfect home yet. Usually, the harder to place cats are black, older, or have a major ailment.

Black cats have a hard time because some people are still superstitious or consider solid black to be a “boring color.”

Older cats have a hard time because major pet food has people convinced that 7 years old is a senior, making them worry that anyone 7 or older won’t be with them very long. Cats are now living 15-22 years, and the age of a senior is actually closer to 12-14 years of age. On canned and raw food, cats can be kept healthy and youthful for most of those years.

Cats with major ailments have a harder time getting adopted because of the extra care that typically goes into taking care of them, but a lot of major ailments can be controlled with diet, making the need for pills less and less. When pills are needed, we have a whole bag of tricks for getting kitties to take their medicine, and when all else fails, we can either demonstrate pilling a cat manually and/or see if there’s a different method of receiving that medication for that particular medicine.

Oldest Home Seeker

This is the cat who’s the oldest. (There can be a tie for this accolade if the cats share a birthday, typically by being litter mates, but sometimes just by best-guess-of-age being the same.)

Kirkland and Redmond each have their own holders for these accolades, but most of the time, the true Longest Tenure or true Oldest Home Seeker will be hosted at Redmond because of the way our adoptions program works. When a cat has been on site at Kirkland for over 2 months, they get put on a transfer list for Redmond as soon as a spot opens up. Cats over 12 years are preferentially hosted at Redmond due to the permanent situation of the kennels there.

Emily

14 years old, DLH Tuxedo
​Seeking a home since May 5th
Oldest Home Seeker

Learn More about Emily!

Emily is seeking her second home ever after her human had to go into hospice care for end of life. At the time of Emily’s arrival, her human didn’t seem to have much time left, and her adult children just wanted to be able to tell her before her passing that Emily had gotten somewhere where she’d be safe and well cared-for, since none of them were able to take Emily themselves.

Emily had a rocky start adjusting to a shelter environment, but she seems to be on the upswing, and she just needs time and understanding. She is unfortunately borderline kidney disease, so she needs to be switched onto and kept on a canned and/or raw food diet for the rest of her life. Dry food will worsen the condition. If we’re able to convince her off of the dry, we’ll try to get her onto raw food, which has a statistically high chance of halting and/or improving kidney disease. Read more on this issue in the written works of Dr. Lisa Pierson, DVM; Dr. Elizabeth Hodgkins, DVM; and Dr. Jean Hofve, DVM.

Emily herself is a sweet girl. She’s been known to be cranky if you touch her tail, end snuggle-time to soon, or are a kitten. She loves to sit on laps and/or any available flat, warm, fleshy surface for literally as long as you’re willing to hold still. She doesn’t *like* getting fluids, getting medication, or being syringe fed, but in her adjustment period, all of them were necessary, and while she grumbled, she was fairly polite about the whole thing. Once she’s consistently eating on her own and no longer dehydrated, none of these will be necessary in her new home, but they do speak to her patience.

Once she’s back up to 100%, we hope to start seeing her become more talkative, more outgoing, and more playful, the way she was in her home, but losing your human can be very hard. There’s a chance that she won’t return to her original temperament, but with love and patience, there’s usually a pretty good chance.

Emily was a single cat for all of her years with her human, so she’s doing extremely well with other cats, all things considered. She seems to actively dislike kittens, but she doesn’t seek out the company of other adult cats. She has no known contact with dogs.

Maggie

11 years old, Himalayan
​Seeking a home since May 27th

Learn More about Maggie!

Maggie comes to us seeking a home because her human passed away, and his adult daughter couldn’t keep her, as they were already at their limit for cats as per their lease and couldn’t move. The adult daughter was very attached to Maggie and would have kept her, would it not cost her their home for violating the lease, so through no fault of Maggie’s own, Maggie is looking for a home for only the second time in her life. She lived her whole life with her human before he passed away, but she continues to be social and sweet with strangers and most changes. Maggie’s adjusted very well to the shelter environment, all things considered, and her biggest hurdle at the moment is the pair of kittens waiting to be picked up by their new family. Because of the informal nature of kittens, Maggie has been very frightened of them, so that leads us to believe that she would be happiest in a home where there were no kittens and would likely not do well with excitable dogs. She seems to do just fine with human babies, and she gets along well with adult cats, though she doesn’t seek them out.

Maggie is borderline kidney disease, so she’ll need to avoid all dry food for the rest of her life. If she’s amenable, she’d be even better off on raw food, but we’re still working on getting her consistently on canned food. She’s also a little underweight with muscle-wasting on her spine. She’ll need to have her weight brought up extra slowly due to borderline cholesterol levels, but we hope that the switch to 100% canned food will help her cholesterol levels. For now, we’re being cautious with her food, and trying to avoid patés, since they have the highest fat content of all canned foods inherently.

As long as you’re not a kitten, Maggie is a very sweet cat. When she does meow, so far mostly when she’s concerned or confused, she makes more of a squeak than an actual meow. In the home before, she was very affectionate, a lap cat who would have happily slept on the bed if she were allowed. She’s also known to have been talkative and a bit playful, and while she likes being brushed, she can be excitable while she’s being brushed and nip, but the foster mom said that, if you pet her head a bunch while you brush her, she purrs emphatically, and she doesn’t nip. So far, she wasn’t excited when the staff had to remove some mats at her friction points, but that’s very understandable.

Maggie will be celebrating her 12th birthday with us on July 2nd.

Baby Love

9 years old, OSH Orange Tabby
​Seeking a home since February 16th

Learn More about Baby Love!

Baby Love is seeking a home due to a severe pica that his previous owner couldn’t solve over their nine and a half years together. He’s shown dramatic improvement in our care, but there are still a lot of worries with sending him home, since he seems to still have interest in fabric and foam when he’s left with a foamy bed overnight. In his blood work from his relinquishment exam back in February, he does seem to have a little bit of liver damage, likely from the long-term ingestion of fabrics, which do contain chemicals and dyes. Baby Love is also still probably a touch underweight. As an Oriental Shorthair, he’s supposed to be a little bony, but his metabolism is so high that he eats 15 ounces per day, plus snacks, and he still looks like a scrawny kid.

The treatment plan for each of his three conditions essentially all boil down to feeding him more clean foods. He needs to be eating at least 15 ounces of wet food per day (no more than 9 oz per sitting to avoid regurgitation), and he very specifically needs to avoid the empty calories that are dry food kibble. Dry kibble will always cost the cat’s body, will not add to his diet in any way, and could very well make his condition worse. As a purebred Oriental Shorthair, he has a significantly higher muscle mass than your standard house cat, so it’s very likely that he’ll always need to eat this much.  

Baby Love is shy a little in this environment, but once he has a few hours to get to know you (faster if you’re feeding him treats), he loves to hang out with his new friends. He was especially active and loving in the home, hence the earning of his name. He’ll likely need a slow introduction into a home, but he’s lived with cats before and seemed to do alright with them.

Rory

2 years old, DSH Orange Tabby
​Seeking a home since May 18th

Learn More about Rory!

Rory was originally adopted 6 months ago, already declawed, which makes him a little spicy sometimes. He and the older cat in the home mixed about as well as oil and water, leading to fights, and even knowing better, their human tried to separate them by hand, leading to bites and scratches on more than one occasion. With the resident child afraid of Rory, the family was already at the end of their rope and unwilling to try to work it out any further, but the original shelter could no longer take Rory back due to the biting, making him a high chance of euthanasia for being unplaceable.

Usually, cats in Rory’s situation would be candidates for barn homes and feral cat sanctuaries, but due to being declawed, he was a bad candidate for a barn home, and due to his history of intercat-aggression, he was a bad candidate for a feral cat sanctuary. With a few ideas of how Rory might get along with cats better and a contingency plan for how to host him for adoption if he couldn’t get along with the other adoption cats, we decided to give him a shot.

Even only a few days on site, Rory has shown no aggression with the other cats. He doesn’t seek them out or try to play with them, but once he’s had a chance to get settled, he may. Our big two theories of why he didn’t get along with his previous housemate are diet and age. Both cats were dry fed, and there was 10 years between the two cats.

Dry food is cooked for days at high temperatures, leading the only nutritional value of the food to be in the synthetic vitamins sprayed on after the cooking process. Domestic house cats are also descended from desert cats, meaning that they’re built to consume their moisture with their food and are ill equipped to make up for the lack of moisture in a dry-food diet. This leads cats on dry food to be as much as 10% more dehydrated than cats on canned and raw food. At only 5% dehydration, you start to see a lot of the same symptoms in cats as a hangover in humans: irritability and confusion.

A common problem cat parents find adopting a young cat (4 years and under) into a home with an older cat (10 years and older) is the difference in their level of energy, and unfortunately, a lot of senior cats will often respond as if their life is in danger when the kitten tries to play with them. Because the play behavior is so foreign to them (and it HURTS), the senior cat literally thinks that this young cat is trying to kill them, leading to an overly aggressive response. When the young cat is met with such aggression, they get aggressive to defend their self, which commonly eventually spirals into all-out fighting.

The nutrionally-deficient nature of dry food, the state of dehydration that both of these cats were likely under, and the age difference in the cats was a perfect storm for them not getting along, and the family would have had to fight to get both cats onto canned food (a sometimes difficult feat with older, dry-food-addicted cats) and likely would have still had to get a third cat for Rory to play with when the older kitty wanted to be left alone.

Rory himself has been patient with us and with the other cats, and he doesn’t even seem to mind sharing the bench to watch out the window with some of the other adoption cats. He’s a been a little easily overstimulated in his first few days with us, but this is to be expected. Cats are prey animals as much as they are predators, and they’re very anxious in new environments, wary of potential predators and of a potential lack of resources.

He loves to be petted, and he acts as if, as soon as he’s comfortable here, he’s going to start rolling on his side to get petted. He was known to be very affectionate in the home, and we’re already seeing a lot of hints of that in him now. Other than the declaw, Rory seems pretty healthy, and we look forward into seeing how he settles in.

Ron

1 year old, DSH Orange Tabby
​Seeking a home since May 1st

Learn More about Ron!

Ron was brought in from a feral colony last year when he was 5 months old, but he’s still really shy of people. Even though he was with a foster parent for nearly all of the 7 months between being caught and the transport that brought him from Colville to Redmond, he’s small for his age, and he doesn’t easily trust new people. He’ll need lots of time and lots of treats to learn to trust a family.

Ron developed a cold immediately after transport, which isn’t uncommon, caused by stress, and he started sneezing again briefly when he was moved into the main room of the Café for activity, so he may have feline herpes. In cats, feline herpes is more like sniffles; the main two symptoms being runny eyes and sneezing. From the stress and/or from the sniffles induced by the stress, when he moves locations, he does get more picky about what foods he’s willing to eat and how much. Other than that, Ron seems very healthy, and he has a good appetite once he’s settled.

Ron loves other cats, but he seems to rely on them, rather than allowing humans to fill any of his social needs. He loves to play, and he occasionally will play with wand toys, even with strangers.

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