Pet of the week: Green-eyed Pecan a real attention grabber

Pecan, a 1-year-old domestic short-haired cat, is seeking a new home after spending nearly three months at the Shenandoah County Animal Shelter in Edinburg. Brad Fauber/Daily

EDINBURG – Pecan, a year-old domestic short hair female cat, is an attention grabber – and in more ways than one.

With a love for human contact, Pecan isn’t shy about initiating a petting session by climbing gracefully into a lap, where her head can easily be reached for a scratch that lulls her into an almost hypnotic state.

Pecan’s unique diluted calico coat, thick and velvety to the touch, displays a muted blend of gray and sandy-brown fur streaked with lines of black along her legs and patches of white on her paws, chest and around her mouth.

But perhaps Pecan’s most striking quality is her piercing, bright green eyes.

“When she looks at you her eyes, they just go right through you,” said Emily Gochenour of the Shenandoah County Animal Shelter. “They’re beautiful green eyes, which is not typical. You don’t see many cats like that. That’s one reason why she’s my favorite. When she looks at you it’s like she’s looking straight through you.”

Pecan’s green-eyed stare has drawn comments from many prospective pet owners, Gochenour said, and yet the 1-year-old feline remains a resident at the Shenandoah County Animal Shelter, where she’s been since her previous owner surrendered her nearly three months ago.

Gochenour, who has been working at the shelter for four weeks, said she doesn’t know why Pecan was surrendered, but it certainly wasn’t because the cat has an unfriendly demeanor.

“She bonds with just about everybody,” Gochenour said. “She’s good with men, women. We haven’t really seen her around dogs. We don’t know too much about that. Other cats, she’s kind of like a person. You know how animals are a lot like people, they like some people and there’s some people they just don’t like.”

Pecan’s affection for people gives her nearly limitless options when it comes to an ideal home, Gochenour said, although she warned against relegating Pecan to the outdoors.

“She loves humans too much to be kept outside all the time. She’s definitely an indoor cat,” Gochenour said. “You can tell she just loves to be around people, so I think she would be good around kids, adults. She would be good for an older couple, older people in general. But in general I think she would do well in pretty much any household and that’s always a good thing.”

Pecan is spayed and is up to date on her vaccinations, Gochenour said, meaning Pecan is ready to go when a new owner comes calling.

“The reason she’s still in here? I really don’t have one,” Gochenour said. “It’s kitten season, so people migrate toward the kittens. She’s a little bit older so she doesn’t get looked at so much. But she really is a great kitty and I hope that she can really find a good family for her.”

The Shenandoah County Animal Shelter is located at 268 Landfill Road in Edinburg and can be reached by calling 540-984-8955.

Contact staff writer Brad Fauber at 540-465-5137 ext. 161, or bfauber@nvdaily.com