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Rescue Group: Vancouver Orphan Kitten Rescue Association (VOKRA)
|Breed:||Domestic Shorthair||Color:||Black (Mostly)||Age:||Young|
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Desperately seeking lunatic playmate who likes to play rough (though not street-kid rough) and can keep up with me! ~Licorice
Licorice is a young male kitty who has boundless energy. (His foster mum swears she didn’t see him close his eyes during the first week he was with her!) He came to VOKRA as one of three nursing kittens in April 2012. Licorice was the “runt” of the litter, which might account for his people-centric nature because someone probably made sure he got his share of nutrition. He tends to seek all the human attention he can get.
He’s a healthy, exceptionally active youngster who might enjoy the attentions of a gentle 10-year-old boy (they could keep each other busy!). He’s not really spent any time alone, so an active household would be great for him. And he’d probably do well with another roughneck kitty who can give as good as he/she gets. Because he’s small for his age, a kitty who’s a little too rough may not work. He does need a companion to burn off his energy, or he gets into mischief! An older cat (perhaps more than 3 years old?) is unlikely to be able to keep up with him.
Licorice is funny and affectionate with people. He’s fond of sleeping under the covers with you and will stay still for hours. But if he’s still in play mode when you bed down, he’ll bring a toy up and leap about on top of you while you’re trying to sleep! Hence the need to wear him out before bedtime. He’s surprisingly gentle and uses his paws with his claws retracted. If he feels the need to give a little “love bite,” it’s not hard and is followed by a brief licking session as though he realizes he forgot himself. He just seems to get over-enthusiastic. As is true of most cats, tickling his belly will produce an automatic response from all four paws! He loves playing fetch: you throw a Zap Strap - or any favourite toy - as far as you can, and he gallops after it, bringing it back and dropping it at your feet to throw again. You can see him in action at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SfBc5mG1OzM. In his enthusiasm, he may snatch at the toy as you pick it up, so it’s good to keep his “needles” trimmed. At heart, though, Licorice is a very loving cat.
When he first came to his current foster’s home, he was all ears and legs. Being naturally competitive with other cats has made him wolf down his dinner and eat as much as he can, so he has filled out quite nicely in the past month or so. One or more of his canine teeth (fangs) can often be seen peeking out over his lip, as though he forgot to put it back in his mouth. By the way, he’s been assessed as having perfect white teeth and healthy gums.
All in all he’s a really funny little guy and quite endearing. Even his vocabulary is unique; it sounds like he's saying “naaa” or “ehh” when he talks. If he jumps up where he shouldn’t and is told to get down, he complains with a quiet “mmmm?” as if he’s wondering why. He is an overall scamp and into everything: stealing balls of yarn, Zap Straps, and anything else he can get into his mouth - and watch out for wiggly black cords (ear buds?), because he can’t contain himself and will dive for them. Of course, he doesn’t know that swallowing an elastic band can be deadly to a cat, so your home needs to be Licorice-proof before you give him free run. Also, he can’t be trusted with soft toys - or stray socks! - because he’ll eat chunks off them, and this could also be fatal. He even looks for scraps that may have fallen on the floor, like a dog, so it’s good to discourage him from being in the kitchen. Licorice is very much the essence of a Curious Cat!
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