Hi I’m Jelly, Adopt Me!
by Carol Bugge, Gotham Writers Faculty
Out of all the cats we met at the Cattery, one immediately seized my interest – a beautiful, six-toed calico named Jelly. She had that indefinable quality, that je ne sais quois that just made me – well, want her. I was drawn to her combination of confidence and relaxation – she seemed to be the kind of cat who would be at home anywhere. She was friendly without being needy, self-possessed and inquisitive, a cat who knew her own mind.
So when we were offered a foster cat for the two weeks we were there, I didn’t hesitate. I wanted Jelly. We were travelling with our rather assertive black and white, Bacchus, and we needed a cat who could stand up to him.
Jelly definitely held her own – she wasn’t aggressive, but wasn’t about to be bullied by Bacchus. She was at ease within a couple of days, and soon was sleeping on my bed at night. Jelly was everything I had hoped for and more. I loved the way she lay on the floor with her back legs sticking out, her adorably plump body spread out on the carpet. I loved her hoarse voice, her habit of responding to human speech as if it was a real conversation, and her affectionate, laid back personality. I even loved her watery eye, which seemed to mirror my own allergies. She soon had her “spot” on the couch, regally presiding over the house like a reigning queen, completing the room in the way only a cat can.
When it was time to leave, I could hardly bear to part with her – we had weeks of travel ahead of us, so taking her home wasn’t possible. (Also, I’m allergic to cats – my allergist told me not to get another one.) For Jelly, though, I swear I would have made an exception.
I missed her the minute we returned her to the Cattery. I miss her still. I’ve known a lot of cats, but Jelly is special. I envy the lucky family who adopts her.
Adopter must be at least 18 years old with valid state-issued identification. ACS encourages family members to participate in the adoption process, especially children and family pets. Please visit our Adoption page for information on adoption and to view more cute adoptable pets.