Cat Rescue Bleg – Oakland, CA


From lurker JulieS:

Zigzag is a friendly and outgoing calico cat who is looking for a new home ASAP. She is healthy and her shots are up-to-date.

While in my family, she has been a mostly-indoor cat, though she is very curious about the outdoors. Zigzag spends her waking hours hanging out in cardboard boxes, chewing on said boxes, bathing, climbing, basking in the sun, scratching on her post, and napping. She does not enjoy being picked up, but she will gladly warm your lap on her own terms. She prefers to drink running water, but she will drink out of a bowl if no one is watching. She is sometimes verbal, especially in greeting your arrival home. She is used to having a fellow feline to cuddle up with and seems inclined to nurture-dominate other cats. She had one litter of kittens before being spayed and joining my family. She is approximately 7 or 8 years old.

Occasionally Zigzag urinates outside the litter box, but I believe this can be resolved with consistent attention and/or access to the outdoors and more stimulation.

My ex took custody of Zigzag when we split up last year, but he can no longer care for her. I love Zigzag dearly, but my landlord will not allow me to have another cat.

If you are interested in Zigzag, or know someone who might be, send me an email at AnneLaurie (at) verizon . net (click on my name in the right-hand column) and I’ll put you in touch.

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8 replies
  1. 1
    raven says:

    Posted on my FB for all my bay peeps.

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    JustPeachyAndYou says:

    She’s a lovely kitty and I wish her and her owner good luck. We aren’t anywhere close, and have an abundance of kitties already, but I’d contribute a bit to get her to a new home.

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    John Cole says:

    That is one beautiful cat. The coloring is amazing.

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    Comrade Colette Collaboratrice says:

    Hmmm…. pretty kitty! Let me check with Monsieur Colette. We’re in San Francisco; we have one easygoing, indoor-outdoor cat and we’ve been considering getting a second.

    If Julie S can respond to this: roughly how often is “occasionally”? Extra-box peeing is not a deal-killer by any means, but I’d like to know what I’d be up against.

    ETA: also, does she stick to scratching her post, or has she had a go at the furniture, too? That, alas, would be a no-go, so it would really help to know up front.

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    JoyfulA says:

    Beautiful cat. That’s one you’d want to coax to sit in the front window, just to show her off.

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    TidyCat says:

    damn! i wish i still lived in Alameda – i’d take this sweetheart in a minute! she would look great with my black cat too =^..^=

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    MazeDancer says:

    @Comrade Colette Collaboratrice:

    Gorgeous kitty would be perfect on a French bistro cat poster.

    Probably Anne Laurie could put you in touch with Julie for some actual email exchanges to answer all your questions.

    Hope it works out – for you, or someone – she looks like a fabulous cat.

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    Julie S says:

    @Comrade Colette Collaboratrice:

    The “occasional” peeing outside the box varies in frequency. At my old place, she did it enough that it was impossible to clean thoroughly, which only encouraged more peeing. Where she’s at now, it’s been about twice a month. It definitely seems to be attention-seeking behavior, unrelated to the cleanliness of her litter box.

    She does like to scratch and will do so wherever you let her. For example, I used to let her scratch this old chair I had, but not the couch, and she complied quite well (I’ve since gotten rid of the chair, but the couch has no damage). I think having another kitty to play with and/or otherwise playing with toys helps to release that scratching energy.

    Anne Laurie asked me about her experience with dogs and children. Zigzag has no experience with dogs, but I think she could hold her own if the dog wasn’t too aggressive. (She seems more curious than skittish.) She has little experience with children, but she tolerates them OK. She tends to play a little rough, though (thanks to my ex for encouraging that…), so supervision would be needed at first.

    I’m happy to answer any other questions! She is an absolute sweetheart. I want the best for her.


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