Sophie here! I thought this was going to be a restful and relaxing weekend. But that never seems to be the case in our household. Turns out Mom and Pops welcomed another intruder to our house yesterday!
I knew something was up when they left early in the morning to go somewhere…they muttered something about “beating traffic” or some human nonsense. They came back a little bit later with this tiny black ball of fur.
Mom can’t stop gushing about how cute this “baby” is. Looks like I need to turn up the cuteness factor to remind her that I’m the baby of the house!
Anyway, this new foster cat is named Zest and she’s estimated to be one year and seven months old. And she’s only four pounds! I can eat four pounds for dinner! Mom calls her my complete opposite – all black and oh-so-petite. I’m all white and…not-so-petite, I guess. Must I remind Mom that it’s called a primordial pouch?!? I am not fat!
A Word from Mom
Rachel here. Thank you, Sophie, for that intro to little Miss Zest. It’s true, we brought home another foster cat. When we dropped off Eskimo and Evergreen at Best Friends on Wednesday, I mentioned to Samantha, the Cat Behavior & Enrichment Lead, that I’d seen her video of Zest earlier. She quickly asked if Ross and I wanted to meet her, which of course we did.
We were this close to bringing Zest home with us that night, but I hadn’t cleaned and disinfected the foster room yet, and I just wasn’t ready. But I couldn’t stop thinking about little Zest. When we met her, she was so tiny, a little timid, but accepted pets. And, she’s blind! Zest has cataracts that I assume are congenital, considering she is under two years old.
When Zest arrived at Best Friends, it was apparent that she had likely given birth recently. Poor baby! Only a four-pound mama cat (hey, please spay and neuter your pets!). We were told that all of her kittens passed away and she shut down, not wanting to eat. I think all this happened before she arrived at Best Friends (they pull cats from other Los Angeles city shelters).
Since I couldn’t stop thinking about Zest, we drove up first thing Saturday morning to pick her up and foster her.
Zest is such a delight! She is a master biscuit maker, super playful, over-the-top lovey and just plain adorable. She will be adopted so quickly. In fact, I hear through the grapevine that someone is already interested in her! So, I don’t know how long she’ll be with us. But I’m glad she already has interest because she clearly screams foster fail.
While it is obvious that Zest is visually impaired, I don’t think she is completely blind. She doesn’t bump into things, but she does startle easily if she doesn’t see you coming. And she sometimes pounces on her toys and misses. She’s also a little clumsy when jumping down. But overall, she has been navigating the room just fine.
Here’s a video of Zest playing and exploring the foster room.
Again, not sure how long we’ll have her, but she will be so much fun while here!
(I thought this was called Sundays with Sophie! How dare Mom take over my post!)