PET OF THE WEEK: Madea looking for love, attention

Madea, a solid black female cat at the Shenandoah County Animal Shelter, is looking for a loving place to call home. Kaley Toy/Daily

EDINBURG – Madea, a solid black female cat residing at the Shenandoah County Animal Shelter, is looking for a new place to call home.

Emily Gochenour, animal caretaker at the shelter, said Madea is a domestic shorthair between the ages of 6 and 7 who was surrendered to the shelter on Nov. 12.

She said Madea has a large heart and the body size to prove it, weighing in at about 17 pounds.

“She’s a really sweet cat,” Gochenour said. “She wants to be petted and loved on.”

Madea would make a great lap cat, Gochenour said, adding that Madea loves to flop over to expose her belly for long belly rubs.

“She likes humans, she likes attention,” she said. “But she does tend to get overstimulated at points.”

Madea will let you know when she is done socializing with a quick nibble on the hand or by walking away.

Gochenour added that Madea would do best as an only pet, with no other cats or dogs. She would do OK with older kids who would respect her need for space.

She loves human attention, but on her terms, Gochenour said. When ready for love and attention Madea will purr and rub up against you.

Gochenour said Madea would do well in a home where she can roam the house freely and receive the attention she deserves.

Madea is up-to-date on all shots and is declawed in front. She is most likely not spayed, Gochenour said, so the adoption fee is $40.

Because Madea is declawed, she would need to be an indoor-only cat.

For more information on Madea, contact the Shenandoah Animal Shelter at 268 Landfill Road in Edinburg, by phone at 540-984-8955, or visit  http://shenandoahcountyva.us/animal-shelter/.

Contact staff writer Kaley Toy at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or ktoy@nvdaily.com.