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Pet of the Week - Neponset Valley Humane Society

Smudgey and Riley would love a home with a cat-friendly dog.

Smudgey and Riley are two very gentle, lovable young boys. Smudgey is the tabby and white cat who is about one year old. Riley is the brown tabby and he is about five months old. These two formerly stray cats became fast friends in their foster home and so we are in search of a home where these two pals can stay together. If you have a dog who likes cats, Smudgey and Riley would especially love to meet you. They are great with the Lab-size dog in their foster home and love cuddling up with her. Smudgey and Riley are playful and affectionate with adults and children once they get to know you. They are shy with new people and so they will do best in a somewhat quiet home. Please call Neponset Valley Humane Society at 781-769-1990 or email nvhumanesociety@gmail.com to arrange a meeting with Smudgey and Riley. Due to the severe cat overpopulation problem and in an effort to encourage lifelong adoptions, NVHS does not have set adoption fees for our adult cats. Every cat is of course spayed/neutered.

Other Humane Society News: NVHS volunteers are thankful to the many adopters helping pets in need. Millions of pets lose their lives in overcrowded shelters simply due to overpopulation. We can prevent this tragedy through responsible pet ownership and spay/neuter. If you need assistance getting your cat spayed/neutered, please contact NVHS. The low cost spay/neuter clinic for cats will be in Norwood on Wednesday, Feb. 13, call for an appointment. You can see all our pets waiting to be adopted at neponsethumane.org. NVHS is an all volunteer, all foster care organization.

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donna munroe February 02, 2013 at 08:16 AM
i have an 8 yr old bengal, who constantly wants to play. unfortunately, I dont always have the time , I would love to get her a playmate, don't know if I should get a kitten or some one her own age, or get another one at all... any suggestions? i would be very upset if bella didnt take to her new friend and have to return the new cat
Just Me! February 02, 2013 at 12:54 PM
Do Tigers make good pets?
DJ February 02, 2013 at 05:01 PM
This can go either way. See if you can make arraingments to adopt with the contingency that you can return the cat if they don't get along. What ever you do, be patient and don't force them together. It's recommended that the new cat start in a closed off room so that they can smell each other under the door and take a few weeks to get aquainted from a distance. Then allow the new cat into the main space, but be sure to reinforce good with the new cat by either feeding or petting the old one while the new one is close by. I've adopted two together who were kitten and adult and the adult kind of beat up on the kitten more then I would have liked. I then adopted my mom's cat who is a complete loner and stays in a seperate part of the house on her own accord. A fourth cat adopted us as a young gun and his mixed in pretty well. The females seem to have a harder time sharing and relinquishing space, but maybe just mine. On a good note, they really do keep each other company and they all get along best with the dog! Best of luck.
Neponset Valley Humane Society February 02, 2013 at 06:02 PM
Hi Donna. If your cat has always been the only cat in your home for 8 years, she may not want to share her home. But you never know until you try. The cat's personality is more important than age. You would need to be certain to get a cat who really likes other cats. I would suggest doing a foster care situation and see how your kitty responds to having a stranger in her home before you consider adopting.

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