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Grandma Hugs

APA-A-82977

Looks Like
Domestic Shorthair

Sex
Female

Current Weight
13 lbs

Estimated Age
13 Years
4 Months

Location
Foster

Adoption Fee
$0
Looks Like
Domestic Shorthair
Sex
Female
Current Weight
13 lbs
Estimated Age
13 Years
4 Months
Location
Foster
Adoption Fee
$0
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Sassy, Low-Energy, Floof

Meet Grandma Hugs!

In spite of her name, Grandma Hugs is really more interested in lounging in her rocking chair than showering you with cuddles. Her "rocking chair" is most likely the back of your couch, but if you happen to have a fire going, it could just as well be a nice warm spot right in front, where she can watch the flames as she drifts off to sleep. She's definitely a lounger who just wants to laze around and sleep all day.

This sweet senior tabby lady is special-needs due to behavior that's linked to pain and traumatic change, but she has a kind heart and deserves the opportunity to love and be loved in a forever home. A lot of her current pain comes from being recently declawed, which was a traumatic experience at her age, and she must remain a strictly indoor-only cat as a result. We are currently treating her for pain.

While not super vocal, Grandma Hugs meows when hungry and growls or hisses somewhat frequently, when she's fearful or angry. She can have aggressive, fear-based tendencies so will try to defend herself if you move too quickly or come too close when walking past her -- as long as you're able to read her emotions and keep a respectful distance, though, she will mind her own business. We hope that some of her pain is only temporary and that loving patience will help lift her spirits.

Grandma Hugs feels anxious around people she doesn't know, but she does warm up over time, even if gradually. While she's not big on snuggles, she does enjoy occasional pets and will even rub up against your legs from time to time -- just don't overdo it, as she can be a bit persnickety if you pet her too much. It's taken Grandma a while to warm up to her foster mama, but she has been showing encouraging signs of progress recently. She stays in her own room and will hiss or swat if she feels her space is being invaded, but she has recently allowed her mama to hand-feed her treats and has shown some signs of affection. She would initially hiss and growl when approached, but while she still doesn't like being touched much (especially when she's eating, she needs to be given more distance), she's become more comfortable with her foster mama's presence and seems to be slowly learning to trust.

Grandma Hugs is hoping to find a quiet retirement home where she can spend her golden years napping, soaking up sunbeams, and enjoying your companionship. She needs a very special, patient human who can understand her anger and aggression. She absolutely has the potential to be sweet. She needs someone committed to seeing her through her trauma -- she so deserves love and for her senior years to be made as comfortable as possible.

Grandma would benefit from having plenty of space to relax in, potentially including a territory of her own. She wouldn't do well in a small studio apartment or a family home with lots of people in and out -- someone who lives alone would likely be the best fit. As a low-energy senior cat, Grandma Hugs will add warmth to your world without requiring a great deal of attention. She's a very independent lady who won't make demands of you, so just give her tranquility and let her know you love her, and she'll do the same for you.

All APA! cats are fully vetted, spayed or neutered, and have updated vaccines and a microchip. Lifetime support is offered by our Cat Behavior Team.

For further information or for a virtual meet and greet with Grandma Hugs, please email [email protected].
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Requirements

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We ask that all adult residents meet the cat to ensure he or she is a match for the entire family.

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Meet with an adoption counselor and fill out our adoption application in person. Please plan to spend 60-90 minutes to complete the adoption process, including visitation and paperwork.

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You must be at least 18 years of age.

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You must show a picture ID with a current address. If this isn't available, we will accept a picture ID with a current utility bill.

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You must live within 100 miles of Austin. Adopters of cats who are not yet spayed or neutered must live within Travis or Williamson County, and must put down a refundable $100 deposit in order to take the cat home prior to the surgery.

Our adoption fee varies per cat, but typically cats under 6 months are $90, between 6 months to 6 years old are $50, and cats 7 years old or older have a waived adoption fee. Our adoption fee includes:

Spay or neuter surgery

FeLV testing

Current vaccinations

Deworming treatment

Microchip

Lifetime behavior support

Accepted forms of payment include cash, debit or credit card, or money order payable to Austin Pets Alive!.

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