by Paula Hunsaker
Wednesday was rescued from CCSPCA High Kill Shelter as a one-month-old kitten with a sibling. They both went into foster care with the vet tech at Care Vet Hospital in Fresno. It was going very well while in foster care. When they became four months old, I got a phone call from the vet tech that was fostering them. She told me that she wanted to keep one of the siblings. A foster failure! That happens so much when kittens are in foster care and the foster parent becomes so attached to the foster babies in their care. She told me that she would have kept them both but that one of them just wouldn’t bond with her at all.
When I went to pick up the kitten she wasn’t going to be keeping, she told me that she named her Wednesday after the character on the Addams Family. She told me she would have kept her, but Wednesday just wouldn’t let her hold her and would run from her. No matter how much she tried to bond with her it didn’t work. The other sibling was so loving and really bonded with her and her family. When I got Wednesday at the rescue, she was just like I had been told. She didn’t want to be handled by me and no matter how much I tried Wednesday just wouldn’t come along to being bonded. She just wanted to run and hide.
My mom said she wanted to try with Wednesday to see if she would come around. It was a bond at the start. Wednesday took to my mom right off the start and let her hold her and love her, but if anyone else tried to hold her or bond with her, she would breakaway and run and hide. No matter where my mom was in the house, Wednesday was right with her sitting on her lap. She began to sleep right next to my mom at night. So, my mom said that she was going to keep Wednesday because she just wouldn’t bond with anyone else no matter how hard we tried.
Now three years later, Wednesday and my mom are so bonded. No matter where my mom is Wednesday is right beside her. If my mom is out in the yard doing something, Wednesday is close to the area of my mom. Still to this day my mom is the only person that Wednesday will let hold her and love on her. She won’t go to anyone else. If my mom calls her, she comes running to her side. There are times that Wednesday will come up to my mom and just carry on a conversation, but won’t do any of this with anyone else.
Just like so many cats up for adoption here at our rescue, I listen to the adopters come to adopt a cat they have seen online, but leave with a totally different cat. It has made me a true believer that it’s not the human that picks the cat, it’s the cat that picks the human. Just like Wednesday, she will never bond with anyone else for an unknown reason. But it was a special bond that has Wednesday and my mom so bonded together.
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