By Marie Abercrombie
When I was younger, I was a cat person, sharing my life with up to eight cats at once. Later, I gravitated towards dogs and now have five beautiful dogs, all but one of which is sweet as pie.
Recently I began to miss the company of a cat. I asked the SPA’s cat advocate, Joan DiPiero, who she thought would be the best feline to adapt to my dogs. Joan suggested Lilly, a cat who lived segregated from the other cats because she didn’t get along with them. Imagining how lonely Lilly must be, I visited her several times, sitting with her in her caged-off area, listening to her loud, contented purrs as she cradled against me. She obviously craved human contact and my heart went out to her. Envisioning her in my lap while I read or watched television, I knew I had to bring her home and try to make it work.
At first, I kept her in my bathroom, checking on her several times a day. She greeted me with loud, friendly purrs and quickly jumped into my lap. My dogs were overwhelmed with curiosity, sniffing and scratching at the door. I tried to introduce Lilly to my momentarily dog-free bedroom, but she declined to leave her safe haven of the bathroom.
After a week of bathroom confinement and experimenting with different methods of introduction, I called Tomás, a well-known dog trainer in San Miguel and asked for advice. He suggested that I put Lilly in a secure crate in the bathroom and bring in one dog at a time to meet her. The first two dogs were more fascinated by her litter box than the crate so that went quickly.
But Potato, our most difficult dog, was intent on scarring poor Lilly to death so the crate trial ended. Nevertheless, I kept trying to make it work for another week. Sadly, I knew then I had no choice, but to return Lilly to the SPA.
Less than a year old, Lilly is a beautiful, very small calico female that just wants human contact. She is happy to be an only “child” snuggling into warm loving arms. Could those arms be yours? Please come and see Lilly. She is a little angel and deserves a chance. See http://www.spasanmiguel.org/ADOPT.html for biographies, pictures, and videos of all our cats and dogs (click on Facebook Doggie Album link).