Happy Tails: Caramel

If Caramel has shown adoptive mom Celina anything, it’s that even former colony cats can make “wonderful, wonderful pets” given patient socialization. Celina should know – she and Caramel are soon to celebrate 10 happy years together with no end in sight.

Happy Tails: Caramel

Caramel first landed on Celina’s radar in 2007 when the B.C native was living in Toronto and seeking a furry companion to come home to. Caramel had been living on the street; by the time she landed with Annex Cat Rescue foster mom Laurie, Caramel was skinny, skittish and had been hit by a car. But meeting Celina changed everything.

On November 20, 2007, Celina brought the estimated 15-month-old Caramel – so named by her foster for the caramel-coloured ripples on her fur – home for good. And while home has shifted from Toronto to B.C. – and for a spell with Celina’s folks and their “magnificent floofy giant” Ollie, who has since passed away – Caramel and Celina’s connection has remained intact.

Happy Tails: Caramel

“As Caramel came out of her shell with me, she just loved to play ‘mousy fetch’” Celina says. “I would throw it across the room, and she’d go galloping after it, pick up her toy mouse in her mouth, trot back, then drop it near me. She’d then look, wide-eyed, back and forth between it and me. The toy was ‘alive’ to her, like prey she knew from her time outdoors, but in this case it was the human who made it so.”

Celina continues: “Caramel is just a sweetheart. She’s not a lap-cat but she is affectionate. When I was working, she loved to meet me at the door when I got home. She wants to be where I am. And I can’t say enough about adopting ferals,” Celina stresses, adding that she spent about an hour with Caramel at foster mom Laurie’s place bonding with the cat and getting the inside scoop on the cat’s quirks and preferences.

“Even on Caramel’s first night with me, she allowed me to give her belly scratches. She was coy for a while, and she has been skittish but she has never lashed out at me. She’s just been a sweetheart. And she has really opened my mind to former ferals.

Happy Tails: Caramel

“They can be just wonderful, wonderful pets. Any extra work they may need for socialization is worth it. They deserve to come in from the cold.”

— Kim Hughes

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