I have a short checklist of qualities I'm looking for in adoption candidates:
• Be active. No, not "go to the climbing gym and leave the cat at home" active. I'm talking clicker training, feline agility, hiking with your cat, daily Da Bird active.
• Be smart. Don't assume that cats like belly rubs. Most don't. In fact, just don't assume this or that. Be able to read, or willing to learn about, feline body language. It's my mother tongue.
• Be generous with the wet food rewards. Puhhhleeeazzze. The stuff is kitty krack, and I will do anything you ask for a chance to suck it out of a syringe. Sounds weird, looks weirder, but I will literally follow a target stick around the room, press my nose to it, sit, heel, come, you name it, just for a chance to get a lick of that stuff.
• Provide enrichment. This goes paw-in-paw with being active, but it would be nice to have things to do even when you aren't able to interact directly with me. I have a catio timeshare right now, and I really wish they'd consider my petition for more shares because I love spending time outdoors in a safe, enclosed environment.
As for selling myself, you can probably guess by now that I'm a pretty high energy individual who knows what I want and isn't afraid to ask for it. They say I'm one of the most intelligent cats they've ever seen, and because of my abilities to quickly discern canine intentions, I have been tasked with cat-testing the new dogs. Those who pass my scrutiny go on to become casual acquaintances or good buddies. Any kind of job is a breeze for me since I learn so quickly and am such a big fan of treats despite maintaining my own weight with kibble left out all the time. Come on in and let me show you just how fun and smart I am!
Rizzo is sponsored by Chrisoula Vradelis and Anne Dowd.
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