I'm a petite and gentle little girl who loves to play and explore but can be a little shy when first meeting new people. I'll be both curious and cautious until I get to know you and then you will be rewarded with purrs and snuggles. Hint: I am very treat motivated! I can be a tiger at playtime (see me play at: https://lgfosterkittens.blogspot.com) and then I become a love bug looking to you for gentle rubs and pets. I'm also a true Silicon Valley cat, fascinated with watching computer and cell phone screens. When I get sleepy, I will happily snooze and purr on your lap. I'll even roll over to show you the patches of pure white fur on my chest and belly. Interested? I have an endless supply of sweet purrs waiting for you.
How does Marion react when being held? How does your cat feel about being picked up?
Marion will probably seem shy and be cautious when first adjusting to new people and a new environment. Giving her some initial quiet time and using a gentle approach will speed her adjustment. Once she is comfortable, a really sweet and social kitten emerges and she will be fine with being picked up, cuddled. Some things I found that helped particularly well are:
-Initially try to approach her from a low position (kneel or sit down). Or, when she is on top of a cat tree or some other off-floor-level place.
-Treats. She particularly loves the Churu squeeze tube treats. She recognizes the package. Brings her running. Watch your fingers!
- Sit near her when she is eating wet food. Add gentle pets. Always generates purrs.
How does she play with you?
See me play at: https://lgfosterkittens.blogspot.com Marion loves to chase tossed play mice, balls, etc, but never brings them back. Just bats them around a bit and then trots back looking for the next tossed toy. I call her my 50% retriever. She also likes chasing the red dot of a laser pointer, watching a computer screen from my lap and playing games like "Mouse for Cats" on my old iPad.
What is her behavior like with new people and/or children?
Once settled in, she is fine meeting new visitors who approach as recommended above. She has lived in a home with teenage children. Has not had experience with young children.
What is her behavior like with other animals?
In foster care she was paired with another kitten and always slept curled up next to him. Too cute! She lived in a home with adult cats (who ignored her) and even had some exposure to cat-friendly dogs.
What kind of litter box setup did you have for her? How would you describe her success using the litter box?
Marion had two litter boxes in areas where she spent a lot of time. One in her overnight sleeping room and one in her playroom area. She has excellent litter box manners. No out-of-box events.
Is there anything else that you would like the new adopter to know about Marion, such as any special tricks or adorable traits?
Marion has become very social and seeks human companionship.