Pet of the week: Even-keeled Elizabeth fit for any home

Elizabeth, a 1-year-old medium hair domestic, examines a room at the Warren County Humane Society in Front Royal. Kevin Green/Daily

Compared to most cats that come and go through the Humane Society of Warren County, the four-month stint of Elizabeth is on the longer end of the spectrum.

Elizabeth is a black and white 1-year-old domestic medium hair that has been at the shelter since she was brought in off the streets by a town resident on April 18.

Kennel One Attendant Bonnie Rayburn said Elizabeth is even-keeled in her nature and has an adventuresome attitude toward the surrounding environment.

Indeed, as Rayburn discussed Elizabeth, the young cat took a quietly energetic approach to examining the chairs, tables and cabinets in the room — looking for anything and everything to play with.

Rayburn said part of the reason for Elizabeth’s extended stay at the shelter is because she was turned over during the the middle of kitten season. The shelter has many kittens between the months of March and October each year.

“That puts all of the older kittens on the back shelf,” Rayburn said. “Anything 6 months or older right now runs a challenge.”

However, Rayburn said that she thinks Elizabeth — because of her nature — would have been adopted already if it were not kitten season.

“She would be a nice companion for someone … she’s quiet, well behaved and curious,” Rayburn said, indicating that very few housing situations would not suit Elizabeth.

“She would be an easy keeper,” Rayburn said. “She eats regular food, she’s litter box trained.”

In fact, the only thing Rayburn mentioned that might be extra work in terms of care is Elizabeth’s grooming.

Compared to her domestic shorthair cousins, Rayburn said that cats like Elizabeth “have a little more hair” and might be more prone to furballs.

“But you would just get … an anointment you can just give it to them on their lips regularly and it clears their system,” Rayburn said.

“She’s just really a nice, well-rounded cat,” she said. “We have some that are hiding at the back of the cage … and then we have some that are off the wall.”

Elizabeth falls somewhere in the middle of those two crowds, Rayburn said.

“That’s because she’s 1. She’s comparable to someone in their late-teens or early-20s,” Rayburn said. “I don’t know how much of a lap-kitty she would be.”

Contact staff writer Kevin Green at 540-465-5137 ext. 155, or kgreen@nvdaily.com