By: Melissa Olivadoti, Kitty City NM volunteer
This is the happy tale of Bamboo,
also known as “Boo Bear.” However, it was quite a journey to get there. Her new parents were extremely excited to bring her home to their RV, as they travel during part of the year. All was well until the first night, when Boo started climbing the walls and howling, with no interest in being comforted. By sunrise Boo was back to her normal self. Her new “parents” were beside themselves. They tried exercising her during the day and making sure to only feed her during normal daylight hours, to no avail. It was clear that Boo was in distress, but her new adopters did not know why or how to help her. They were very motivated to help Boo adjust, as they loved the sweet kitty they met at the shelter and didn’t want to give up on her. After many more sleepless nights, they contacted our volunteers at Kitty City and a brainstorming session began. One volunteer suggested visiting the vet, as it could be an expression of anxiety after leaving the shelter that Boo had been at for a while. The volunteer had a similar experience and had good luck with a calming supplement recommended by her own vet. Boo’s owners took a trip to the vet and, after trying a few solutions, settled on the calming supplement that allowed Boo to adjust to her new environment and ease her anxiety. It took many sleepless nights and trying a couple different treatment options, but after finding something that allowed Boo to calmly adjust, she was happy as a clam, and her owners were too. Boo’s story shows that, in some situations, it can take a while for cats to adjust to a new environment, but it is worth it in the end. We thank Boo’s adopters for not giving up on her, and we know they are very happy they didn’t either!