Young Adults

While technically not kittens anymore, these kitties are definitely still kids. Their bottomless energy stores combined with their love of toys make them the biggest stars of our Adoption Events.


Checkers, Male, 1 Year Old

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Checkers

Checkers appeared on the doorstep of a home one day, looking bedraggled and pathetic, with a malnourished frame and an injured shoulder. Fortunately the doorstep he choose belonged to a pair of rescuers who promptly scooped him up and took him to the vet. The vet is where he got his name, as in the process of treating his injury they discovered that his skin has a checkerboard pattern underneath the tuxedo coat. Since being rescued, Checkers has displayed an insatiable appetite for food and nuzzling. His favorite game is to chase a piece of string about; his second favorite game is to find the best possible spot for napping in. The handsome tuxedo boy is not quite sure if he enjoys sitting on laps, although he’s willing to work on the experience with you. He adores attention, and you can expect to encounter an offended attitude if you have to leave him before he’s ready for you to leave. And he does request that you always pay attention to him when petting, as he will sometimes decide that he’s had enough, and if you don’t notice the change in body language he will tap you with a paw to let you know it’s time to stop. In other words, Checkers will treat you as a kitten and discipline you the only way he knows how.

Checkers


Lily, Female, 1 1/2-2 Years Old

Lily

Lily’s tale is sadly not an unusual one. A happy little kitten with a happy home, until her human dad lost first his job, and then his home. So Lily is now with Tails High, hoping to find a new home. This sweet girl scoffs at all bad stereotypes of black cats, considering them to be ridiculous and beneath her notice. She also scoffs at all negative stereotypes of cats in general. She is very gentle and good natured; and gets along with every cat, young or old, that she’s ever met. When you call her name she will instantly scamper to your side, purring as she climbs into your lap to be snuggled. Petite Lily has no objections to being picked up and carried – she simply views it as another form of snuggling. If a wand toy is produced she will instantly pounce, tail and whiskers twitching. When left to her own devices, Lily will stay at the window for hours, watching the birds and squirrels outside.


Collette (Female) and Jambar (Male), 2 Years Old

Collette & Jambar

Collette (left) and Jambar (right) are a sister-brother pair who were orphaned at 3 weeks old. Collette is a confident, bold young lady who wants to explore and live life to the fullest. No mountain too high (couch) no valley too deep (bathtub), no dog too big (dog) for this girrrrrl. She is quiet, very loving and has dibs next to her person on the bed. She easily interacts with visitors, handles goofy dogs, and loves her brother very much. She is very responsive to love, but not overbearing. A bonus: she is from West Africa, from Senegal. If she had not been rescued, Collette would be at the top of a mango tree, surveying the African coast and sniffing the breeze.

Jambar is her brother and is a sensitive, gentle boy dedicated to supporting his sister. He’s a lover, not an explorer. He has a unique sound, a raspy, soft, Greta Garbo voice. Like his sis, he’s confident and calm — he can handle dogs easily, and guests — no problem! Jambar is an African name that means “warrior”, but Jambar is not a fighter — he, too, has his spot on the bed and it is sacred. Jambar’s father was an old salty, a strong street cat that was wise and calm, and Jambar is just like him. He is aware of just how handsome he is, but there’s no arrogance, he’s just a sweet gentle soul who wants a warm lap somewhere near his sister.

Colette & Jambar need to find a home together.


Mr. Bean, Male, 2 Years Old

Mr. Bean

Mr. Bean was found as a tiny kitten, less than a week old. Some determined bottle feeding followed his discovery, and while there were scares at times, the tiny tabby pulled through. He has remained a tiny tabby, and has developed a bit of a Napoleon complex as a result. He’s got attitude (cattitude?), and enjoys being saucy. As pictured, he’s devoted time to learning how to hold a pen, although he has thus far not quite mastered it. Mr. Bean loves people, is comfortable around large dogs, and while he can tolerate other cats, he’d really prefer to be the only cat in the house.


Icy, Female, Young

Icy

Meet Icy, our (not actually) skateboarding cat! Truthfully, she just saw the skateboard one morning and decided it would make an acceptable perch. Icy was first spotted as a tiny little ball of orange fluff hiding under a bush; and it was months before she was willing to allow herself to be caught and brought inside. Since that time, our resident cat trainer has been patiently working with the once-feral girl, helping her adapt to indoor life and being around people. Icy has made great strides and is ready to start looking for a new home, but she’ll need experienced cat people who will continue to work with her. Icy likes to be near her people, has learned that she does enjoy being petted, and has even worked up the courage to not panic if she’s picked up. She will come when called, and would be equally fine being around other cats or by herself. Playing with toys is still something of a mystery to Icy, although the laser dot does get her attention.

Fun fact: most orange tabby cats are male. Icy is the rare female orange tabby.


Jarvis, Male, Young Adult

Jarvis

Handsome tabby cat Jarvis arrived on his rescuers porch one evening, and has stayed there ever since. And while the porch is lovely, he’d really prefer to be a house cat, as evidenced by his repeated attempts to sneak in to the house whenever there’s an open door. Jarvis is a lovable, friendly boy who is on equally good terms with both children and adults. He loves to rub against people’s legs while chatting about his day, and will lean in for a head bonk when picked up. All of us, Jarvis included, would love to see him safely inside before the cold weather hits.


Bones, Male, Young Adult

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Bones

Do you want a dog, but circumstances are preventing you from adopting one? Would you be willing to consider a cat who plays fetch instead? How about a cat who not only plays fetch (and doesn’t get tired of it), but who absolutely craves attention, enjoys belly rubs, and is perfectly willing to carry on a conversation with you? If the answer is yes, then you should meet Bones! As an added bonus, he will snuggle next you in bed; and as long as he has a scratching post he will never be tempted with thoughts of scratching your favorite chair. Bones has been making friends with the other cats that he’s been meeting, but his best friend is Whitney. Expect some initial shyness when you first meet this green eyed, pink nosed boy, but the shyness won’t last very long.


Whitney, Female, Young Adult

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Whitney

Whitney’s favorite activity in the world is to lie next to her person, getting rubs. Her next favorite thing in the world is being brushed. In fact, anyone who promises to brush her on a daily basis will have a devoted feline friend for life; and an offer of brushings will help overcome her initial caution around new people. Whitney does her best to maintain a certain level of decorum, and likes to insist that she’s far too dignified to scamper about like a silly kitten playing with toys. But then she spots the laser light, and all attempts at cat-like dignity are promptly forgotten as she eagerly chases the light around the room. Another favorite is the rainbows cast by crystal prisms hanging from windows – although she tries to only chase and pounce at those (the rainbows, not the crystals) when she thinks you’re not looking. Because if Whitney catches you watching her chasing rainbows, she will immediately try to pretend that she was doing no such thing and that you imagined the whole scenario. Whitney has requested that her future home include a corrugated cardboard scratching pad, as those are her favorite. If her future home could include her best friend Bones as well, she would greatly appreciate it (although she’s willing to consider going it alone).


Rodger, Male, 2 Years Old

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Rodger

Rodger was found wandering about PG County, friendly but emaciated. It was clear that he’d either gotten trapped somewhere, or he’s just a terrible hunter and wasn’t able to feed himself. Unsurprisingly, since being rescued, Rodger has shown a deep and abiding appreciation for food and will happily eat anything that’s put in front of him. He’s also shown a deep and abiding appreciation for people who are willing to pet him (we suspect he’s making up for lost time). Rodger wants to be with people all the time, and to demonstrate this he’s highly interactive and affectionate. He’s clearly listening when you talk to him, and wants you to know that he listens best if you’re petting him while talking. And he absolutely adores having the top of his head & back of his neck rubbed – he will bow his head until his chin is on his chest and lean into the rubs. Rodger is comfortable around other cats and doesn’t mind sharing a space with them; and sometimes he will tolerate having a toy mouse balanced on his head.

Rodger


Tigger, Male, 2-4 Years Old

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Tigger

Tigger is, as his name suggests, friendly and playful. The friendliest and playfulest! He loves everybody, including young children and dogs. Other loves include cuddling and staying close by his people. Tigger will head-butt nuzzle any chance he gets, and he’ll also give you kitty licks. According to behaviourists, that means he considers you part of his family. So even though kitty tongues are a bit rough, give him a head rub as a thank you. If you do that, Tigger will give you a slow blink while purring, and then bounce off to play.


Becca, Female, 3-5 Years Old

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Following up on reports of a stray cat, Becca’s rescuer found her shivering under the porch of an empty house, desperately trying to stay warm. No one knows how long she’d been outside, but once she’d been brought inside, it was clear that she had clearly been someone’s pet during a happier period in her life. Becca has recovered from her outdoor experiences, and is once again a happy housecat. She loves to be in the middle of all the action, and if she can be the center of attention at the same time, so much the better. She’s a very interactive girl, loves to play with all the typical toys, and has a soft, squeaky little voice. Becca adores being petted, and we suspect that she’s at least part Manx as she exhibits several Manx-like traits: long back legs, no tail, and she hops like a bunny.

Becca


Beck, Male, 6 Years Old

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Beck

Green eyed Beck has been a devoted companion cat to 2 different people, both of whom were older women with special needs. He’s asked to be retired from the life of a service cat and now wants to find his very own, permanent home. As would be expected of a cat like this, Beck is extremely gentle and kind, and doesn’t have a bad thing to say about anyone. He’s always happy, and greets everyone with head bonks and requests for rubs. He snuggles right in if picked up, and really, he just adores attention. If humans aren’t available Beck will content himself with a catnip toy – the current favorite is a catnip filled carrot that he likes to lick. This lovely tabby (his markings are called ‘ticked’ and help give his coat an extra sheen) would be the ideal cat for people who are getting their first cat. As a bonus he even gets along with other cats!


Cleo, Female, 6 Years Old

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Cleo

Cleo was originally rescued out in Denver and moved here with her family, and must now find a new home. She is a super friendly cat who will greet everyone who walks in the door with purrs and offers to snuggle. This expressive tabby likes to be up high, and that includes spending time with you. If given the opportunity, expect to find Cleo perched on your shoulder (she doesn’t mind if you get up and walk around – shoulder rides are fun!). She is a playful girl, both with her brother and with people, and likes to chat about the world around her (based on the shape of her face and voice, we strongly suspect she’s got some Siamese in her). She is very gentle and patient with young children – she’s been chased around and had her tail grabbed, and not once has she ever hissed or lashed out with claws (although she may look for a nearby adult and request rescue, perhaps in the form of a shoulder that’s out of reach of small children). Cleo would very much like to be the first thing you see in the morning when you wake up to find her curled at your feet, sleeping comfortably; as well as the last thing you see at night – also curled at your feet, sleeping comfortably. Cleo is fine as a solo cat, or as a pair with her brother Tony.


Ferdinand, Male, 6 Years Old

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Ferdinand

Ferdinand starts off shy, but once he gets to know you turns into a fuzzy purring ball of affection. With Ferdinand about you can expect to have your hand nudged with a kitty nose if you stop petting him too soon; and he’ll then express his thanks for the petting by holding your hand between his paws while he licks your fingers. If you happen to be sitting down or standing still and Ferdinand is next to you, he’ll sit up on his haunches like a little meerkat and balance his paws against your leg, looking up hopefully. And not only is this spotted boy affectionate, he’s helpful too! Ferdinand will let you know when it’s bedtime by heading up to the bed to help warm it up for you, and then cuddling with you as you fall asleep.


Cleo & Felix, Mother and Son, 7 Years Old and 6 Years Old

Cleo & Felix

Meet Cleo & Felix, a mother son pair in need of a new home. Cleo was a young mother – she’s estimated to be 7 while Felix is a mere year her junior (6). Cleo is the pretty little tuxie with the sleek & glossy coat; and she can be counted upon to be affectionate and to seek out laps to sit in. Felix is the fluffy-coated boy with the extra fluffy tail and big green eyes. He is somewhat shy, and is utterly convinced that he is Cleo’s shadow – Felix will follow her around and run to her when he’s frightened by loud noises. The pair provide entertainment for all when a cat video is put up on the TV or computer screen as they will watch it intently, or when they chase after and play with each other or their toys.