The thing you gotta know about Prudence…is she could be, shall we say, moody.
This tortoiseshell-colored kitty liked to do things on her terms when she arrived at the Connecticut Humane Society in Waterford. And no one could blame her—she’d been fending for herself outside for at least a month before that while very pregnant, accepting food from residents in her neighborhood and scrounging around for anything edible the rest of the time.
Finally at the Pet Wellness and Adoption Center, Prudence was safe and would have reliable meals with love and TLC. But it took some getting used to. She hadn’t trusted humans in a while. As staff and volunteers got to know her, she’d enjoy their affection for a bit and reward them with a purr, but then let them know she was ready for some “me” time.
Ten days after arriving at CHS, Prudence went into labor. But because of an abnormality, or maybe because she’d lived a rough life outside during most of her pregnancy, her little ones were stillborn, and Prudence needed staff veterinarians to intervene, as her life was at risk too. Thankfully, the lifesaving operation—made possible by generous donors—would allow for healthier days and a full recovery.
Prudence’s moods and hormones were even more topsy turvy now. That sweet purr would emerge when staff and volunteers spent time with her, but Prudence could be jumpy and sassy. Her new human pals understood she’d need extra patience and special activities to refocus her energy.
So Prudence got her own space—Waterford’s “cheese” room outfitted in yellow Swiss-themed décor and shelves perfect for jumping and exercise. But this girl was bright. She needed an extra challenge.
Think you can’t train a cat? Think again! Waterford’s behavior coordinator Rachel began with a “touch” command—when Prudence “touched” the end of a toy wand with her nose or paw, she got a piece of kibble and Rachel made a clicking noise with a tiny clicker gadget that is often used in dog training. Prudence took to it right away.
Meanwhile, she’d been cleared by the medical team and made available for adoption. But as an FIV-positive cat (that’s feline immunodeficiency virus) with a sassy side and need for extra exercise and mental stimulation, finding the right fit in a new home was a slow-go.
As her stay in Waterford stretched into months, she moved on to learning “sit” and “spin” as she continued meeting potential families. One day an adopter with feisty feline experience arrived, and it was clear he was the one.
He reports back that Prudence has settled in at home and enjoys multiple playtime sessions every day, and that she’s the best cat he’s ever had. She has shown one new quirk, though—her favorite time for playtime shenanigans is at night. Her new dad says it just makes him laugh!