Pet of the week: Explorer Peanut wants affectionate owner

Peanut, a 1-year-old American shorthair, listens to the hustle and bustle at the Shenandoah County Animal Shelter from a cozy spot. Rachel Mahoney/Daily

Peanut, a 1-year-old American shorthair, listens to the hustle and bustle at the Shenandoah County Animal Shelter from a cozy spot. Rachel Mahoney/Daily

EDINBURG – There’s not much shell to crack when it comes to 1-year-old American shorthair Peanut – a little time spent with the cat tells visitors all about his curious and affectionate nature.

Animal caretaker Katrina Keywood said Peanut has been at the Shenandoah County Animal Shelter for around three weeks since his previous owner gave him and another cat up when they moved and weren’t able to take the cats with them. As such, she said he gets along just fine with other cats, but she isn’t so sure about his interactions with dogs.

With big, white-mittened paws and slightly downward sloping ears, Peanut is a rather stocky feline at 13 pounds – a lot of cat to love. And Keywood said he gets his fair share of love and attention from visitors.

“He likes everybody,” she said. “Louder noises tend to startle him some, so little toddlers running through the house might startle him but I think he would get used to it. He’s adjusted well here.”

Peanut is more of an explorer than a playful cat, but toys can grab his attention and Keywood said he’s willing to play. He entertains himself by turning the room into his own personal jungle gym and demanding attention from those around him.

“He’s very pushy for affection,” she said as Peanut nudged at her hands to be petted. Despite that, she said she “wouldn’t necessarily call him a lap cat.”

There’s nothing shy about this audacious cat; he’ll quickly get his bearings in new surroundings by sniffing around and tuning in to noises. Peanut is vocally in tune, perking up when addressed and walking over when he’s called, expecting some attention.

Peanut is neutered and up-to-date on rabies and distemper vaccinations. He’s received treatment for fleas and worms, and adopting him from the shelter would cost his future owner $15. Learn more by contacting the shelter at 540-984-8955.

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

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