Melissa is an adult, spayed female cat. She's got a little round face with gorgeous round eyes, and a petite, compact body. Melissa has joined a colony and so far, she is a little shy and cautious around new things and new people. She's not exactly afraid: she just likes to observe before she decides to get involved. She's got a very melodic purr when she's relaxed and we think she'll get more confident as she gets used to her colony room and her new friends.
Update: Melissa is getting much more confident when it's just cats and volunteers at the shelter, but crowded open houses still freak her out a little and she retreats to a high sided bed on a shelf, where she can pretend she's invisible. If people approach her quietly, she will accept (and enjoy) chin and cheek scratches and sometimes she'll head bump your hand, just a little, for more attention. She's still a work in progress and would be happiest in a quiet home with adults who have time to spend encouraging her. She loves canned food and the road to her heart might just be through her tummy!
Update: late March - Melissa has been moving out of her comfort zone and sleeping in different areas around her room. She's actively bumping our hands if we stop petting her before she is ready and she purrs and purrs. She's working sooo hard to be an adoptable cat...she just needs a chance! She will be a sweet and charming little friend for someone quiet and gentle.
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