Happy Tails: Eva

Katie had been on the lookout for a companion for her super-friendly cat, Martin, when she came across Eva’s profile on Annex Cat Rescue’s website. Her good looks in her photo captured Katie’s eye and the fact she was looking for a home with another cat prompted Katie to arrange a visit to her foster home.

Eva stayed with her foster, Michelle, for about six weeks, where she was kept in a separate room as she was too shy to be among Michelle’s other cats. Eva had been rescued from a backyard colony and the experience of living in a home seemed to be overwhelming. Michelle noticed over the course of the weeks she was in her foster care; Eva was becoming more comfortable and would offering headbutts whenever she could.

Happy Tails: Eva

The visit between Eva and Katie went well. Michelle noted that even though Eva was typically afraid of visitors, she responded well to Katie.

Katie brought Eva home with a few of her favourite toys from her foster home. The first night Katie was woken up by a strange chirping. She realized the sound was her new friend chirping away while exploring the room.

To ensure a smooth introduction, Katie kept her two cats in separate rooms to give them a chance to get used to the other’s smell. Without even meeting, they hit it off right away. The two enjoyed swatting at each other underneath the door. Finally, after two days, Martin was eager to officially meet his new playmate.

Although Eva and Martin proved to be fast friends, it took Eva a while to become comfortable with Katie. Eventually it was Katie’s gym shoes that broke the ice. Eva enjoyed playing with the laces and sticking her head in them. “She seemed to get used to my scent and then began to trust me,” said Katie.

Happy Tails: Eva

Katie continued to be patient. “It was a couple of months before she was comfortable walking around and then another few more months before I could pick her up.” said Katie. During this time, Katie was empathetic. “It’s a big process going from difficult situation to a new home and it takes some time.”

Now Eva is always up for any type of attention – whether it’s playtime or cuddles – from either resident.

Happy Tails: Eva

Happy Tails: Eva (with Martin)

She will approach Martin and sit right on him and he will ignore her, groom her or start chasing her around the apartment.

Happy Tails: Eva (with Martin)

The savvy cat knows to wait until Katie’s second morning alarm goes off before demanding to be pet. She even plays fetch by bringing Katie her toys to throw and will fetch and retrieve them. Although she’s sometimes not so savvy and will get herself into situations from which Katie needs to rescue her, like when she gets climbs on top of a bookcase or doorframe and can’t get back down.

-Jillian Kaster

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