Pet of the Week: Poinsettia an ‘all-American cat’

Poinsettia, a 2-year-old domestic shorthair cat, is available for adoption at the Shenandoah County Animal Shelter in Edinburg. Brad Fauber/Daily

EDINBURG – Cheryl Wakeman, an animal caretaker at the Shenandoah County Animal Shelter, calls 2-year-old feline Poinsettia an “all-American cat.”

Poinsettia has all of the qualities of the ideal family pet – she’s playful, social, affectionate, curious and clean. She just needs a family to share those traits with.

“She’s a very well-rounded cat because she’s friendly, you can hold her, pick her up, put her in your lap. But she’s also curious,” Wakeman said last Friday. “… She’s likes to be petted, likes to rub, likes to interact and be social.”

Poinsettia, who sports a tortoiseshell coat with tabby stripes (referred to as a “torbie”), has resided at the shelter since she was found as a stray in mid-December. For that reason, Wakeman said not much is known about Poinsettia’s history prior to her arrival nearly two months ago.

But Wakeman said it’s safe to say Poinsettia, who is litter box trained, spayed and up to date on all her vaccinations, would be suitable for any household – as long as that household can give her the attention she deserves.

“We would like to see her get a home where she’s gonna be part of the family, not that she’s gonna be outdoors – where she’ll be inside and where somebody wants to interact with her and play with her,” Wakeman said. “We want someone who needs a new family member for her, that wants someone who’s gonna be affectionate.”

“I’m kind of surprised nobody’s chosen her yet just because people are looking for friendly and affectionate, and that’s what she is. But she’s been passed over so far,” she added. “I guess when she’s in her cage, you know, you don’t see her first. She’s kind of in the background. She blends in.”

Wakeman added that Poinsettia would likely fit in well in homes with other cats, as she hasn’t noticed any hostility between Poinsettia and her feline roommates.

“I think there’s always an adjustment period that would take time but she hasn’t shown any issues with any of them,” Wakeman said.

For adoption prices and additional information, visit the Shenandoah County Animal Shelter’s website at http://tinyurl.com/jmddu7d. The Shenandoah County Animal Shelter, located at 268 Landfill Road in Edinburg, can be reached by phone at (540) 984-8955 or by email through the link on their webpage.

Contact staff writer Brad Fauber at 540-465-5137 ext. 161, or bfauber@nvdaily.com