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post #1 of 14
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The Tenth Life is a no-kill cat shelter in Ohio. If you are interested in adopting a cat, volunteering, or donating cat stuff. The address is kept secret, naturally, because otherwise people will dump cats there, and they won't be able to care for them all.

These are some of the cats; they are all up for adoption. The pictures really do not do them justice because I'm not a very good photographer, and my digital camera is a cheap one. So imagine these felines about ten times as splendid as they look in these pictures, and you'll have it about right...

Room B
I call this room "the white cat room" because there are several white cats in it, and I can't tell them apart yet! Many of the cats here are still very shy, and some downright feral; and though they tolerate human presence, most of the cats don't actually seek it out. They're very clean, neat animals--I have never had to wipe up a puddle, and I spill more litter scooping their boxes than they do all day. There are a few cats who like human contact, though, and those are the ones I managed to photograph close up.

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My best guess at the names of these two white cats (from their descriptions on the room roster) would be Heidi, on the cat tree, and Chuck, on the floor. The black cat is Dugan. Chuck and Dugan are casual socializers who came by for a pat when I sat down on the floor, and then went about their business. Heidi came down from the cat tree to sniff my backpack, but wasn't very demonstrative. There's another white cat in the hidey-hole under that chair, but it didn't come out, so I figure it's probably shy.
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This is Charlie. He's one of the two most friendly cats in Room B; he headbutts and purrs with the best of them! Charlie also loves to chase a string... actually, he'll chase shoelaces, backpack straps, headphone cords (I put a stop to that right quick!), and anything else he sees moving. It's amazing to see him "stalk" something--he stays so very still; then, wham! got it!
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This is Tiny Tim. I'm not sure how he got that name, since he's a normal-sized cat. Maybe he was the runt of his litter? In any case, he's the other friendly Room B cat; and he likes to play with string, too (though he's not near as enthusiastic as Charlie). His breathing is a little noisy and I think he may have some sort of allergy.
post #2 of 14
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Room D
Room D has an overabundance of black and white cats... Their descriptions are written on the room roster; but half the time, all it says is "black and white DSH", which tells me nothing. So I suppose these cats will have to put up with being called "Kitty" until I figure it out! Not that they seem to mind, just so long as "Kitty" gets a treat from me. I snapped a picture of the roster, but I accidentally pointed the camera the wrong way and I only have a few names. Sorry about that. Next week I should have more.

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This cat is Spunky. That sentence works with or without the capital "S". I still don't know why he does it; but every time I get very close, he hisses, and the whole time I was in the room, he gazed at me in a direct, very challenging manner. I hope to befriend him, if I can--he seems more aggressive than frightened, though maybe he's just aggressive because he's frightened? In any case, he ate one of my treats after a cautious sniff, and after that--maybe it was my imagination, but I think his gaze became much more speculative.
The cat under the chair is one of the black-and-whites... no idea on its exact identity.
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This black-and-white boy is a really quirky kid. He looks at you, headbutts your hand, and then begins purring--while sticking his tongue out! I kid you not; he sticks his tongue out when he is happy! He also likes to lick you, though I don't know whether that's because he just happens to have his tongue out when he's headbutting you! He purred the whole time I was there.
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The tortie girl with the beautiful eyes warmed up to me slowly. For a long time, she looked arther longingly at me cuddling with her friends, padding around the edges and looking; but then she finally got the courage to come up to me and be petted.
The white cat is a real lover--a lap cat, if any ever was. He snuggled in for a long stay as soon as I sat down.
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This is yet another tortie girl... I wish I knew her name. She has a funny habit of patting the water in the bowl before she drinks.
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The tortie in this picture is the same one as the picture above. The short-haired orange cat is Owen; he's a moderately friendly sort who came to investigate me in a rather cool manner. The long-haired cat who's facing the wrong way for you to see his beautiful face is Orville. He's actually a very small cat under all that fur. It's like petting a kitten, he's so tiny...
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Here's a friendly black-and-white cat whose runny eyes and stuffy nose I've noticed over the last three weeks. He's otherwise healthy; I guess he has allergies. I wish I could wipe his little face off, but I don't think he'd like it.
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Room F
This is "the room of the friendly felines", because as soon as you sit down in it, you are covered in cats. Nearly every cat here will accept a pat; most will actively seek out contact. Unfortunately, I have also come to think of it as "the poo room" because one of the cats--we have no idea who--doesn't like using the litter box. I think it might be a matter of simply having ten cats using three litter boxes; and whoever it is doesn't like sharing a box. I switched to low-quality pictures here because I had no more room on my camera (I told you it was cheap!), and didn't realize that my photo of the cat roster wouldn't be readable. So I don't have names. Silly technology.

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This is just after I came into Room F--you can see that every single cat is looking straight at me, except for the one that has his face in the food dish! They're very people-oriented here.
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This is one of the more friendly of the typically friendly cats in Room F. I had to lean way back to get this picture, because the silly boy (girl?) kept snuggling!
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I'm probably ruining this poor cat's dignity completely, but I just couldn't resist posting this picture! The fur you see poking up is his ruff, long fur around his neck which I'd just been... well, ruffling!
The longhaired orange cat in the background is quite small under all that fur--what is it about tiny cats and huge amounts of orange fur, anyway?
post #4 of 14
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Room H
Well, by the time I got to this room, which has a nice mix of friendly and shy cats just like Room D does, my camera had about four shots left, and that on very low quality. Naturally my shot of the roster didn't turn out at all, so I have no names. (I'm really horrible with names, and I guess that includes cats' names.)

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The pictures I got weren't very good, but here they are, for what they're worth.
The cat on the top of the cat tree is just stretching. If this were a decent picture, you could see that he has only half a right ear--some sort of injury, probably. He puts out his paw to you when you pass; but don't pick him up--he hates that! He's just telling you to pet him.
The tiger in the chair is just such a pretty cat; I'm not sure if he interacted much with me. I don't remember if he did. But he (or she) is very pretty against that red background.
post #5 of 14
Wow, great pics and stories!! The shelter looks really clean as well. Last I read, you were just thinking about going to see this shelter since the last one was so rude to you.

Looks as though things worked out - I'm so pleased for you!!!!
post #6 of 14
Aww, they are all lovely, I do hope they find homes soon.
post #7 of 14
thank you for the pictures, i've been looking forward to them since i read your story! regarding the white kitty with the tongue hanging out: when i was a kid we had a farm cat who did this too. she would sometimes pant like a dog and was extremely social and intelligent.
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Aha--I remember the tiger cat in that last picture now! He had the very silky, sort of fuzzy fur I associate with senior cats... didn't come down to see me, but purred when touched.
post #9 of 14
Those are all great pics, Callista. You're so aware of the personality of each cat. Keep working with them and you'll have them socialized and ready for homes. The kitties probably love all the attention they're getting from you.
post #10 of 14
Aren't they all a gorgeous bunch!! With sweet faces like that i hope they get adopted soon
post #11 of 14
Callista, you continue to impress me with your ability to put words and pictures together in a manner such that I feel very connected to your visit at The Tenth Life.

Bravo sweet girl, the kitties and TCS are lucky to have you!
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Callista, you continue to impress me with your ability to put words and pictures together in a manner such that I feel very connected to your visit at The Tenth Life.

Bravo sweet girl, the kitties and TCS are lucky to have you!
LOVE the pix!
post #13 of 14
The Tenth Life is a wonderful place to find a special companion. I was at the facility in 1992 and found a beautiful black and white kitty that was 9 months old...I was looking at a few of the black kitties, but they ran off when I approached, but not my boy he came up and started circling around my legs. It was instant love. They had named him PeeWee...funny name for a fat little boy..I renamed him Rhys. He unfortunetly passed away a month ago. It was sad to see him go, but I spent 16 wonderful years with him and he had a happy and fulfilling life. I highly recommend anyone looking for a cat to visit this no kill shelter. Thank you Tenth Life.

Carolyn
post #14 of 14
Wonderful pictorial! Yes, you did a great job describing the cats and their purrrsonalities! Makes me want to go there!
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