Six shades of gray

By Joan DiPiero

They don’t have the drama of the black and white cats or the mystique of the blue-eyed Siamese. They aren’t as flashy as the calico girls or as showy as the orange cats. Our gray felines present a more subtle image, a quieter, more tranquil vision. Although their colors sometimes fade into the background, their wonderful personalities emerge loud and clear. There really is no absolute gray cat; instead, we have silver, charcoal, tabby striped, tabby polka dotted, browned gray, henna gray, and gray and white combos. Here are several of our favorites now on display (quiet display, of course).

Ella, about four months old, was found by the side of the road. She has beautiful gray and white markings and a sweet disposition, meowing plaintively, asking to be petted. Although one of the youngest cats in the group, she is not intimidated and coexists beautifully with her larger roommates.

Molly is about one and a half years old. Dropped unceremoniously by the front door, she is a quiet girl with a glorious smoky gray coat. She loves to curl up in her basket and appreciates being brushed. She recently won the prize for being our “fuzziest longhaired furry” cat, yet has modestly chosen not to brag.

Teddy is about four months old, a tabby with striking white feet. He is all boy, a playful kitten who loves lap time accompanied by lots of petting. He thinks he’s one of the big guys, fearlessly wrestling with those twice his size.

Cleo is a feminine little girl about four months old. A light gray tabby with wonderfully expressive eyes, she is equally affectionate and playful. With her mellow personality, she has made friends with all the volunteers as well as all her housemates.

Pablo was taken from his feral mom after she decided she was finished mothering. A pretty silver gray, he is an easy, tranquil five-month-old who loves his endless naptimes.

Penny, sister to Pablo, is a Russian blue lookalike, dark charcoal with piercing eyes. Like her brother, she is a serene kitten who will grace your home with her lovely appearance and quiet ways.

Visit the SPA, Monday-Saturday, 11am-2pm, Los Pinos 7, phone 152-6124 to meet these lovely grays and their feline and canine friends. Preview all our animals at and We’ll see you at our August 31 patio sale, at Stirling Dickenson 10, from 9-1.

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