Affectionate, playful, cuddly
Nacho Cheese found herself at APA! after she suffered an animal attack on the streets. We were happy to have her, but in the beginning she was quite frightened of us.
Over time, as her wounds healed, she grew more confident and content to be with her caretakers. As she began to realize that her fosters were good, kind people who would not hurt her, she started hanging out on the back of the couch while they read and watched tv. Now she has discovered the joys of lap-sitting, so as soon as they sit down, she climbs into a lap for pets and cuddles.
And this girl does love her cuddles! She especially loves having her head and cheeks scratched and stroked. If you aren't petting her firmly enough, she'll push her head into your hand to get just the amount of pressure she wants. She'll even flop over on the floor in front of you and roll around, enticing you to stop what you're doing so you can pet and cuddle her.
Nacho can still be skittish if you approach her too quickly. Her head knows she's safe now, but her unconscious instincts still trigger her to run. However, she quickly realizes that all is well, and then she'll stop, turn around, and come back to you for pets.
Nacho enjoys playing, especially with a wand toy. Regular play sessions do help fearful cats work off their nervous energy so they can relax and feel more confident. Overall, Nacho is pretty quiet except around mealtime. When her fosters get ready to feed her, she definitely tells them how excited and happy she is to get her food.
Because of the injuries she suffered, Nacho may have a slower gait than your average cat. She can't jump up onto high surfaces, but she can certainly climb so she is able to get up on the couch and her foster's tall bed easily.
We believe Nacho Cheese would do best in a calm, quieter home with patient, gentle adults. She would probably be OK with older, respectful kids who will treat her gently. She's not a good fit for a family with young kids. Nacho and her fosters' own cat have become playpals. Nacho does sometimes play a bit roughly with the other cat. Because of her past experience, she is afraid of her fosters' dog. Their interactions are starting to improve, so it's possible that, given a long, slow introduction, she could learn to be OK with a calm, cat-friendly dog.
Nacho will be a lovely kitty for anyone who is looking for calm company, and a grateful friend.
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 to meet Nacho Cheese, please email [email protected]