Buff, Loving, Independent
Gumbo's most cherished pastime is affection. While he likes to spend time on his own and take nice, long naps, there is nothing better than head pats and neck scritches from his favorite humans (not even jumping on things - you will never catch him on the counter). He doesn't often have much to say, but he'll speak up if he's been waiting for pets for half a second too long. He's a bit of a rough coach when it comes to learning how he likes to be pet - he occasionally bites at hands that aren't petting him correctly. It's gotta be hard teaching others his preferences of his favorite activity without words! But when Gumbo sits up on his back legs stretching up for more pets, you just can't resist figuring out just what makes him happy!
Gumbo likes a little independence, so rather than sitting on laps, he's the kind of guy who will sit next to you, press his head into your leg or hand, or curl up against your feet (which is just perfect for when the weather gets chilly!). He can be a little wary of people walking into his space and may send out a warning hiss, but will then start meowing an apology when he recognizes the person is someone he knows. Gumbo could adjust to living in a house with a respectful dog; he's generally dismissive of the dog in his foster home and is confident enough to remind the dog he needs space with a hiss.
As Gumbo is learning to trust and warm up to his new forever home, his family will need to be patient and not take any hissing personally. He's cautious, and that seems fair! If you're looking for the perfect mix of affection and independence in a kitty friend, Gumbo is your guy!
Gumbo has tested positive for Feline Leukemia. FeLV is not a type of cancer. It's a virus that causes a weaker immune system and often a shorter life-span. For the most part, 'FeLVies' are just like any other cat. APA! waives the adoption fees of these cats, and provides FeLV-related treatment and support post-adoption. Gumbo can only live with other FeLV+ cats, but dogs and other animals are just fine! Any questions? We'd love to talk with you about FeLV care.
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 Gumbo, please email [email protected]