Pet of the week: Laid-back Mouse would cozy up to new owner

Sometimes after getting a treat, 11-year-old domestic longhair Mouse can be caught at the Frederick County Esther L. Boyd Animal Shelter with the tip of her tongue poking out. Rachel Mahoney/Daily

WINCHESTER – She may not be the sprightliest resident at the Frederick County Esther L. Boyd Animal Shelter, but 11-year-old domestic longhair Mouse has plenty of lazy affection to share.

This mellow feline has had some time to settle in to the shelter since arriving in mid-November. With thick mats in the fur on Mouse’s back and sides, animal caretaker Kamryn Dixon said the shelter ended up shaving Mouse a couple days later. Future owners should be prepared to give her grooming sessions about every week to make sure her coat stays soft and manageable.

“It’s growing back real nice, she was a lot happier once we got it off,” Dixon said. “She might’ve looked funny, but she felt better.”

Dixon said that Mouse spent her whole life since kittenhood with loving owners, but circumstances forced them to surrender her to the shelter. There, she spends most of her time keeping to herself and catnapping on a soft blanket in her open cage.

“At first I think we had her shut in there – she was just kind of a little skittish – and then a couple days later she was fine,” Dixon said.

Mouse’s main priority isn’t playtime or even treats. She just wants to stay cozy and will sometimes cuddle up with other cats. While she won’t clamor for visitor attention like some of her more eager fellows, Mouse is still sociable, enjoys being petted and has the potential to be a lap cat on occasion.

“She mostly just kind of lays around, occasionally she’ll hop out and explore,” Dixon said.

As a senior citizen, Mouse is frequently fed soft food, but can be a little picky, Dicon said. Even though she might be missing a couple of teeth, she can still eat hard food. Sometimes she’ll get caught with the tip of her tongue sticking out after the temptation of a tasty treat.

Throughout her residence at the shelter, Mouse has received plenty of attention from visitors and has gotten along well with children 8 years old and older, never snapping at anyone. When she’s had enough petting, she’ll gently and gradually let her visitor know. Still, Dixon said she wouldn’t recommend Mouse to a home with younger children who might expect her to play with them.

“Mostly when I come in here, she’s just hanging out on her blankets,” Dixon said. “She’s more laid back.”

Mouse could get along with other cats already in a household, but Dixon said she hasn’t been around dogs. She may be old, but she still has quite a few good years left to spend with a caring and mindful owner.

Since Mouse has been spayed, her adoption fee from the shelter would be $30. She’s received a distemper shot and the shelter hasn’t discovered any issues with worms or fleas to treat. Mouse’s future owners would need to get her up to date on a rabies vaccination after taking her home. Contact the shelter at 540-667-9192.

Contact staff writer Rachel Mahoney at 540-465-5137 ext. 164, or rmahoney@nvdaily.com