Pet of the Week: Zeus, the docile lap cat

Renee Good, a caretaker at the Shenandoah County Animal Shelter, holds Zeus, a 4-year-old domestic short hair.  Kevin Green/Daily

Renee Good, a caretaker at the Shenandoah County Animal Shelter, holds Zeus, a 4-year-old domestic short hair. Kevin Green/Daily

For a domestic shorthair with dark brown and golden fur, Zeus is apparently “confused on whether he should be a dog or a cat.”

Renee Good, caretaker at the Shenandoah County Animal Shelter, described the 4-year-old Zeus as unique, docile and “a good talker.”

“He’s a great lap cat and he will follow you around like a dog,” she said, “He wants attention and he craves attention.”

The shelter has been the home for Zeus over the past five weeks, after his previous owners surrendered him due to “financial reasons.”

Although Good praised his friendly and outgoing nature, Zeus had a big flea problem before arriving at the shelter.

“When he came in, he was covered in fleas and had flea allergy,” Good said.

Until his arrival at the shelter, Good explained that Zeus had “lost a great deal” of fur from flea bites as well as self-inflicted scratching.

It took Zeus two weeks to fully recover from his flea problem.

In his current home at the shelter, Zeus often acts as the building’s “door greeter” in the front office condo.

“He’s a very talkative cat, he does like to carry on conversations,” Good said, explaining that he will “talk back” to people directly with his own funny meow.

“It’s very unique to him … he does this little gurgley meow,” Good added.

Good said that Zeus is a very “affectionate, people-oriented Velcro cat. He wants to be with you, follow you around and be the center of attention.”

According to Good, Zeus’s big ears also make him unique. “It kind of looks like he has some sort of an Oriental breed in him … something like Siamese or oriental shorthair is in there somewhere.”

Alongside this unique meow, Zeus also constantly purrs as he sought attention from Good during the interview.

While Good noted that some cats purr as a sign of fear, Zeus’s purr “is a sign of contentment” and that he “is happy to be with people.”

In addition to his attention-seeking, docile nature, Good said that Zeus “will play and does have his playful, frisky moments.”

“He would be a good cat to have on a cold day sitting in your lap while you’re reading a book,” Good said. “He’s more interested in laying around.”

Good added that she believes the previous owners did a ” very good job of socializing” and providing litter box training for Zeus. “He’s got that down pat.”

One caveat with Zeus, Good said, is that “it is very important that he gets flea medicine … because he has an allergic reaction to them.”

While Good noted that that aspect can be expensive, she added that she believes Zeus could be a good starter cat.

“I think he’s pretty versatile and tolerant. He would be OK with kids,” Good said.

Good also said that Zeus does not seem to have a problem with other cats or even dogs.

“He tries to interact with dogs, but the dogs don’t care much for him.”

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