Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Adopt Me: Jax

Jax is a playful, energetic young cat looking for his forever home!  Jax was one of several cats we recently pulled from a feral colony. Jax is far from feral though. This sweet boy wants nothing more than to play and maybe a little attention from his human on the side. Due to circumstances beyond his control, Jax is looking  for a new foster home while he waits for his forever home.

Jax's foster dad describes him as "very energetic, active" and says he is "more interested in playing and exploring" than snuggling in laps. Don't take this to mean Jax isn't a lover though! Jax follows his foster dad around and wants to be near him whenever he is home. Jax also loves to have his belly and his chin rubbed, and will sleep with his foster dad at night. 

When not following his foster dad around, Jax loves to play! He much prefers playing with interactive toys, such as feathers on wands. His favorite toy is "a small stuffed bird on a string. He loves to chase it around and jumps in the air to catch it." He also loves to hide in boxes while playing with the bird toy. Can't you just picture this handsome boy crouched down low in a cardboard box waiting to pounce on the birdie?
While Jax is able to entertain himself with balls (his favorite are the crinkly mylar balls) and exploring his home, he would do best with another playful cat to keep him company and help him burn some of his energy. As we have said before, most cats do much better with a friend, not only to play and snuggle with, but to keep them company when you are not home.

If all this hasn't piqued your interest in Jax, perhaps this story will help him steal your heart. Jax's foster dad reports he loves to play with  water "When I brush my teeth he wants to chase the water down the drain!" He also loves to loves to look out the window, watching the birds and squirrels. Quite appropriate that this boy who once lived on the streets, now enjoys the great outdoors from the comfort of a home!

 If you are interested in giving Jax a new home, either foster or forever, please contact Cindy at  773.203.0215 or e-mail.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Adopt Me of the Week: Rum Tum

It’s hard not to be struck by Rum Tum’s startling good looks. His silky long fur, piercing blue eyes and chocolate points are eye catching to be sure. Rum Tum is more than just good looks though; he has the great personality to match his great looks.

Found huddled outside a garage on the north side of Chicago, Rum Tum was emaciated and probably would not have survived much longer without the intervention of a kind lady and Chicago Cat Rescue. After several days of good square meals and a little TLC from his foster parents, Rum Tum has recuperated and blossomed! Rum Tum is a gentle soul who was never meant to survive outside. He is the type of cat who loves his person or people deeply, but gets a bit nervous around new people.
Rum Tum’s foster mom describes him as a “lover” and “perfect” while his foster dad lovingly calls him a “furball.” His foster mom reports that he loves to be groomed and petted. Of all their cats, Rum Tum is the one who sleeps on the bed with them at night. He actively seeks out laps during the day if they are working or otherwise not paying attention to them. He is constantly purring as well. Yet, he is not overly needy and, like all good cats, can be very independent and mildly curious.

While Rum Tum loves his foster parents, he can be a little shy with new people. His foster mom reports that he is getting much better when new people come over, though he does still hide. Perhaps poor Rum Tum remembers his weeks on the street hiding people; perhaps something bad happened to him while he was outside, either way it’s no surprise that he’s nervous around new people.  If you are interested in Rum Tum it will take a little bit of love and patience to get this sweet boy to feel comfortable in his new surroundings.

Luckily, Rum Tum loves to play! Play is one of the best ways to help cats feel comfortable in a new surrounding or with new people. Rum Tum enjoys batting catnip mice around the house and loves to chase the feather toy too! Interactive play with a fishing pole type toy—a feather wand, Cat Dancer or Cat Charmer—are great ways to help Rum Tum and other nervous kitties feel more comfortable with their new surroundings and new people while getting them much needed exercise! An all around win!

Introduce Rum Tum to a small room, spend a few days lavishing him with his favorite wet food and a little play therapy and he is sure to bond with you just like he did his foster parents. Rum Tum’s foster mom reports that he is the type of cat to “really bond with you.” Once he knows he is safe, loved and cared for you will be rewarded with a wonderfully loving cat!

Rum Tum also does quite well with the other cats in his foster home. He gets along with the other cats, though he might not be the one to initiate play time or snuggle piles. Just like with people, Rum Tum enjoys their company but is independent enough to do his own thing!
If you are interested in opening your heart and home to sweet, gentle Rum Tum, please contact Cindy at

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Adoptable Me of the Week: Brie and Monterey

Brie and Monterey are an adorable pair of red-headed sisters looking for their forever home. These girls were found huddled on a porch, with no food or shelter, in the dead of winter. They were cold and hungry and Chicago Cat Rescue swooped in to save these girls just before it got even colder. In the few months these dolls have been with Chicago Cat Rescue they have blossomed.A long way from freezing and starving on the streets, they now enjoy watching hockey games and snuggling on the soft couch together! Their foster mom reports that these two girls are extremely bonded. She calls them "two peas in a pod." It's hard to imagine how these girls could not love each other, having relied on each other for survival outside last winter.

Brie, showing off her hunting skills!
While they may be attached at the hip, Brie and Monterey have distinct personalities. Their foster mom says that Brie is super snuggly.  She loves to sleep in your lap if you are watching TV or working. Brie loves to get pets, and "won't leave your side as long as you're petting her." Brie is over all just a big lover of a cat. She gets jealous if Monterey is getting attention, running over to make sure she gets her share of the loving! She is also quick to warm up to new people. Monterey on the other hand takes a little longer to accept new people and in general is "less of a people snuggler." While she may not be as interested in people as her sister, she is far from shy!
Monterey striking a pose.

When Monterey wants to be petted or fed she weaves in-between her foster mom's legs, demanding her needs be met! She is quick to roll over for belly rubs too! Monterey is also the more playful of the girls. She loves to toss her toy mouse in the air and catching it, or running what her foster mom calls the "Kitty 500" (a feline version of the Indy 500) around the apartment. Monterey must remember life on the street and not having enough food, as she is very fond of her meals! Who can blame her though?

Brie and Monterey are a perfect example of how important it is to have a pair of cats. They keep each other company during the day, providing a friend to play with and someone to snuggle with while their foster mom is away at work. Most cats do much better with a feline companion to keep them company during the day. Brie and Monterey also display different aspects of feline personalities, playful and snuggly. You get a little bit of everything with these girls!

If you are looking for a pair of cats but don't want to go through the process of introducing new cats to each other, Brie and Monterey are the perfect girls for you! They are also great cats for a first time adopter, as they are both easy going and super lovable!

Unfortunately Brie and Monterey must find a new foster home by the end of the month, through no fault of their own. These girls would love if they could go straight to their new home when they lose their foster home. If you are interested in foster, adopting or fostering to adopt these two girls please contact Cindy, or call her at 773.203.0215.