A great-sounding potential adopter cancelled today after learning that the Siamese had been adopted. She did not want to meet any of the others.
Virtually every caller wants a "Siamese" or a "Maine Coon" cat or kitten. I use quotes, as I'm becoming unclear on what those terms mean, except as an way folks have of avoiding getting to know a cat as an individual; of wanting a predetermined experience. ("We've always had Siamese...")
So folks stay in the Maine Coon or Siamese groove, or rut, while millions of deserving cats are overlooked, not appreciated, not valued, not chosen.
I yearn for the day when folks will recognize and understand that cats are all divine beings, all completely individual, all worthy, and all deserving. That they'd be fortunate to have ANY ONE of them in their lives. You can trust (the writer) Colette when she says "There are no ordinary cats".
I appreciate the value of risk reduction, but good grief! Relationships do not come ready-made! Take a chance, folks! Yes, you loved your Maine Coon, of course you did! She was a cat. But... you can't duplicate the past. No cat will be like your old one.
I have NEVER taken in a cat who did not teach me a lot, show love in a unique way, win my respect and my heart. Don't miss out! You'll love any of the individuals here: come meet them! And ask anyone who lives with a cat just how fantastic that cat is. You won't get them to stop talking!
And now a HUGE shout-out to the blessed ones who choose the shy cat, the black cat who is most often overlooked, the cat with the runny eye or the thin coat, the old cat, the cat, in other words, who needs love the most. You are blessed and we are grateful to you! May your numbers increase!!