The PAW Society’s most recent addition is doing well. Rebecca was, as may be imagined, frightened and disoriented by her new surroundings. She hid, and did not eat or produce waste, though two litter-boxes were provided (one with corn-based litter, the other with clay). No one expected her to do more than she did.
Different varieties of food were offered for her selection, and, after a day, she ate a little of one sort. The next day, she ate much more, and visited the clay-filled litter-box. That one may have been chosen due to its resemblance to crumbled asphalt, which was how her world was paved for, probably, her whole short life. Since then, she has been attending to her bodily needs admirably.
These include grooming. Whether she had little time for such a luxury or whether living outside simply rendered most of her efforts null, she was a bit shabby when trapped. As the photograph illustrates, she is cleaner now, her white fur whiter.
Coming from a colony, she perhaps is naturally sociable, at least with other cats. Another foster-cat in the house, Nicolas (available for adoption with his bonded sister, Isabella (http://pawsociety.com/MarcJulienandNicolas.html)), is a friendly fellow and wanted very much to meet Rebecca. When he was at last let into the newcomer’s room, they seemed to hit it off. Now, when their foster-guardian peeks into the room, she will often see Rebecca crouched beside her new pal. Nicolas will no doubt be an excellent influence on the little girlcat.
Rebecca’s progress with people has barely begun, but that is to be expected. She knew only cats in her previous life, except for the humans who fed her and her companions. Humans were not to be trusted. But that will change. As always, the key is to give a cat time – her own time – and where she is now she will receive all she needs.