Happy Tail: Autumn (formerly Zissou)

When Autumn, previously called Zissou, was rescued in 2018, she was a bit worse for wear. Starving, and with a mouthful of painful, infected teeth, rescue could not have come at a better time. After being placed into foster care with ACR volunteer Janessa, Autumn had all of her teeth pulled, leaving her completely toothless! In addition, tests showed that she also had slightly abnormal kidney levels. Despite all this, Autumn was happy, sweet, and playful in Janessa’s home, albeit a bit shy. 

Happy Tail: Autumn

Maria decided she wanted to adopt another cat to keep her senior cat, Spike, company. Her beloved dog of 21 years had passed a few years earlier and Maria felt that despite the unconditional love that she and her husband showered on Spike, he was a bit lonely. She was a bit apprehensive about getting another cat at first because she worried “grumpy old man” (but actually very sweet) Spike might react badly to a new cat, as he had spent his whole life without feline companionship.

Maria did a lot of research about introducing cats, and she felt that with the slow introduction method, adopting a new friend for Spike was worth a shot. She started looking for available cats on the Annex Cat Rescue site, keeping an eye out for a cat around Spike’s age. She fell in love with 10-year-old Autumn’s beautiful grey and copper coat and bright green eyes.

Happy Tail: Autumn

Maria set up an appointment to meet her, and it couldn’t have gone better. “It was one of those things out of a movie. We walked into [Janessa’s] place and she immediately ran over to us,” says Maria. Autumn was especially loving to Maria’s husband, who was a bit more hesitant about adopting a new cat. Maria laughs, saying Autumn knew exactly what she was doing! By the time they heard about her slight health issues, they were too in love with her to say no. 

Happy Tail: Autumn

The transition home was a bit harder than Maria anticipated. Although Autumn immediately came out of her shell and loved her new humans, there was a bit of tension between the two cats. Autumn and Spike were separated by a door for a while; however, aspiring escape artist Autumn got out of her room two weeks later, and she and Spike had a midnight standoff, seeing each other face to face for the first time. Surprisingly, much of the tension melted away after this middle of the night meet-up. Although it took six months for Spike to come completely around to the family expanding, he and Autumn are now best friends.

Happy Tail: Autumn

Autumn could not be doing better. She has the energy of a kitten and loves to “chat” with her humans. She is even teaching Spike how to play! Autumn doesn’t let her teeth (or lack thereof) slow her down and can eat like any other cat. Her family also got some happy news that her kidney levels had returned down to a normal level.

Happy Tail: Autumn

Maria wants to encourage people that bringing a new cat into the household can be very successful even if you have an older cat who has been alone its whole life. She warns that it may not be a fast process and advises to just be patient, because the reward of two happy cats is so worth it. Autumn is looking forward to living the rest of her warm, indoor life with her wonderful parents, and her BFF Spike.  

– Annie DeCoteau

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