Est. birthdate: 03/23/2014
Sex: Spayed Female
Weight: 6 lbs.
Color: Brown Tabby
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Medical: Diabetic. Eevee’s insulin costs about $10 per day.
Eevee, now 3 years old, came to Brother Wolf as a kitten through our Community Cats Program. It’s impossible for us to know what all Eevee went through as a stray cat on the streets. When stray cats are not part of a managed colony, they often struggle for access to food and shelter. And they must always be ready to defend themselves from outdoor dangers and abusive humans. Because of Eevee’s rough start to life, she’s still a bit scared of this big, noisy world.
Eevee was adopted quickly, but was returned to Brother Wolf later for being shy. “She came back to the shelter when she was about a year old,” says Elsa Enstrom, Brother Wolf’s Cats Manager. “She was totally shut down and terrified, poor girl. She spent most of her time with her face just buried in a corner, not moving. So that’s why I decided to bring her home as a foster.”
“In foster we started noticing that she was drinking a lot of water. We had her tested and she had diabetes,” Elsa says. With her vet tech training and knowledge of cat behavior, Elsa’s home ended up being a perfect match for Eevee’s medical and behavioral challenges.
“The way that I started working with her was that whenever I would give her insulin, I wouldn’t just leave after I gave it to her. I would sit there with her and scratch her ears, talk to her, even if she wasn’t enjoying it right away. She was nervous at first, then she loosened up. Now it’s her routine. Whenever I give her the insulin, she starts kneading and purring and we go through this big love session.”
Elsa’s skills and care are paying off. “Just in the past couple months she’s started to venture out into other rooms,” she says. “We’ve even caught her on the bed a few times. She has started playing a bit with another foster cat, and she loves my dog. She follows him around, rubs on him, talks to him. She’s really sweet. And I think she wants badly to be affectionate. But I think she’s also really nervous. Eventually, with a lot of patience, I think she will be a cat that wants attention and might even come sit in your lap. But I think it’s gonna take a while.”
Feline diabetes can be managed through diet, daily insulin injections, and glucose curves, but the expenses add up fast and we need your help. Can you spare $10 a month to ensure Eevee gets the care she deserves?
Elsa tells us that Eevee is now venturing onto the bed with kitty pal Franklin! This is a big step forward for Eevee. “Franklin is a huge part of why Eevee is getting more social,” says Elsa. “When she was hiding and shy, Franklin would go into her room when she wouldn’t come out. He’d come trotting out, like he’d been spending the day there. Having such a sweet, confident cat around has been good for Eevee,” Elsa observes. “They even sit together and sometimes touch noses.” Eevee also rubs on people, especially at mealtimes, and she ventures out into the living room in the evenings to hang out with people and other animals. She nuzzles Elsa’s dog Titan, and rubs against him while he sniffs her over. “She’s still skittish, but really wants to be part of the family,” says Elsa. “She came into our room meowing after we got back from the holidays. I could tell she missed us.”
Eevee is still too shy to do well at adoption events, but a potential adopter could meet her in her foster home. “She needs a patient person, and I think she’d be a great companion,” says Elsa. Check this page regularly for more news on Eevee!
An avid conversationalist
Eevee’s become quite the conversationalist “she will sit and chat with us,” says foster mom Elsa. “When I come home from work and collapse on the couch, she’ll stand next to the couch and meow at me. I say something and she replies. She likes to have conversations, which I think is very cute. She’ll sit next to my bed in the morning meowing for food. It’s really adorable.”
It’s wonderful to see how this former wallflower has come. “She is starting to want more interaction now, and is spending the evenings in the living room with us,” reports Elsa. “I used to have to keep her locked in a room and corner her to give her insulin. Now, because I pet her while I’m giving it to her, she has come to associate the insulin injections with ‘lovins’ so she purrs and starts kneading when it’s insulin time.”
Eevee especially likes Elsa’s dog Titan. “She’ll head-butt him, seek attention from him, chat at him, prance along next to him, and lets him sniff her over,” say Elsa. “I think that Eevee would love to be in a quiet home without too many other animals so things would be more predictable, but that could most definitely be a house with a dog.”
Elsa tells us that Eevee’s top wish for the holidays is finding her furever home, which ideally would be one with fewer animals. She love to be petted and wants to be part of the family, but do best without an alpha cat around, observes Elsa. “She needs to be somewhere where she can get all the love she deserves.”
We know that special home is out there somewhere for sweet Eevee. Meantime, Elsa will continue to take good care of her, with help from our Sponsorship Program supporters.
Visit here again soon and catch up on the goings-on with Eevee!
Getting better all the time
Foster mom Elsa says that Eevee is improving more and more every week! She is now regularly allowing petting at many times of the day, and has become more adventurous. “She even woke me up one morning looking for her breakfast along with all the other cats,” says Elsa. “She is making friends with one of my other fosters, Franklin, and hangs out in the living room quite frequently. Her diabetes is stable and she is a lovely cat.”
We’re glad that Eevee is becoming more comfortable with her surroundings. This shows that she’s becoming flexible and adaptable to new living situations and companions, which hopefully will help her find a furever home! We know this sweet girl deserves it, as do all of the animals in our Sponsorship Program. They just need some special people to love and care for them. Won’t you consider adopting, fostering or sponsoring one of the special needs animals in Brother Wolf’s care?
Be sure to check this page again soon for another update in the life of Eevee!
Our shrinking violet Eevee is really beginning to blossom. Even though new things are still pretty scary, Eevee’s foster mom Elsa tells us that this shy girl continues to venture out more to explore her environment and to socialize with others. “She is coming out of her room almost every night to visit for a while,” remarks Elsa. “Yesterday she even climbed half way on the couch!” She seems to become more curious every day. “She’s a joy to watch!” say Elsa.
We are thrilled to know that Eevee is thriving in her foster home. Foster caregivers are the heart of Brother Wolf, and the organization makes it easy, fun and rewarding. Animals like Eevee and our other Sponsored Animals simply wouldn’t do well in the adoption center. Caring fosters like Elsa provide the animals with the time, attention and care they need to become ready to take the next steps toward their very own homes and families. Some 450 animals are currently in foster care with Brother Wolf. The participation of foster care providers means Brother Wolf is able to save thousands of additional animals each year. New foster homes are always needed. Brother Wolf provides pretty much everything you need to care for your foster animal. You just provide the space and the TLC. If you’d like to find out more about fostering animals, visit our foster webpage.
Will Eevee make it all the way onto the couch soon? Check back here regularly for ongoing updates on sweet Eevee’s progress!
“Eevee is doing wonderful!” says her foster caretaker Elsa. Eevee is now coming out into the main part of the house more and more, and is interacting well with her foster household’s other cats and dogs. She’s also recently gotten an adorable “lion” haircut. According to groomer Jacqueline, Eevee did very well for her grooming. “Her diabetes is stable and she takes her insulin like a champ,” observes Elsa. Sounds like Eevee is truly blossoming in her foster home. Now if only someone would adopt this little lion and give her a furever home! Who’s willing to give her a chance?
Check back here frequently for regular updates on Eevee!
Leaps and bounds.
Eevee has made a couple of very big leaps in getting used to the home environment lately. After months of keeping to just one room of the house, she has decided to start exploring, venturing into the laundry room and the living room. “A week or so ago, I was sitting on the couch and heard a noise,” says foster Mom Elsa. “When I looked over, there she was sitting on the opposite end of the couch. It was a short interaction due to her realization that the dogs were also on the couch. Surprised by this, she fell/jumped off the couch and retreated to the security of her room. This may not seem like much, but for us who have been with her this whole time, it’s huge!” Being cared for in a safe and loving foster home has allowed Eevee to gain confidence and to step out of her comfort zone as she explores her surroundings. Often, special needs animals such as Eevee simply need time in order to make progress with their medical and behavioral challenges. Your support of the Sponsorship Program helps buy them they time they need to get better and to become ready for adoption.
Eevee has made great strides! Her confidence is building more and more. “We now are keeping the door to her safe room open when we are home and at night. She comes to the door and peeks out and converses with us,” says foster Mom Elsa. “She is interested in meeting the other animals and I think will soon begin to fully integrate into our household. She is turning into a lovely pet!”
Use of a “safe room” is a good way to begin the process of introducing a new kitty into a household with other animals. Having his or her own room with a door that shuts securely allows a new cat to become accustomed to the surroundings and adjust to the new home. The separation also allows the current resident animals to get used to the idea of a new kitty in the house. At first, interaction is limited to paws under the door. Later, the door can be opened and the animals can be allowed to interact in other ways through a series of gradual steps leading to full integration.
Lovin’ her routine.
Elsa says that Eevee is doing well. Her diabetes is stable and she has settled into a routine. “She loves her morning ‘lovins’ after her insulin,” says Elsa. “We are preparing to let her meet our other cats next weekend. Hopefully it goes well!”
Cats like having a routine to follow, and may even become sick if their routine is altered drastically. A cat’s routine will develop in conjunction with the activities and schedule of her household. Having a consistent daily routine of mealtimes, play and rest helps cats feel secure and confident.
Signs of contentment.
Elsa says that Eevee is very into her routine. “Every morning I come in and give her insulin and then we snuggle. She purrs and rolls around kneading the air. She gets kind of confused if you come into her room at an unusual time. I think that she gets suspicious!” says Elsa. A cat’s “kneading” behavior is an indication that she is happy, content and secure. Kneading hearkens back to the nursing behavior of kittens, who do it to stimulate the flow of mother’s milk. Sounds like Eevee is demonstrating great contentment with her life as a Brother Wolf foster cat!
Eevee’s insulin costs approximately $10 a day. This is just one example of how your support of Eevee and the other animals in the Sponsorship Program makes a huge difference in their lives and allows Brother Wolf to do whatever is needed to provide the best life for these deserving animals.