Pet of the Month: Edie

Edie had quite a difficult time before she found her forever home. In November 2012, she was found as a stray in downtown Slinger and taken to the Washington County Humane Society. She was estimated to be about eight years old and in rough shape, with a few broken teeth. She did not have a microchip and WCHS was unsuccessful at finding her owner. A few months later, she was transferred to Elmbrook Humane Society and was adopted, but returned when the owners realized they were allergic to her.

Edie came to her new family after they lost their senior cat, Eeyore, to kidney failure. When they were ready to look for a new “fur-ever” friend, they saw Edie (then called Barbie) on the local shelter’s website and were surprised by how much she looked like a cat their son had for many years. They went to visit her and found her hiding in the litter box in her crate. Understanding that she had been through so much, they held and cuddled the shaking cat and quickly decided to adopt her. Her name was changed to Edie (the second) after their son’s cat and she moved into their spare bedroom.

The next step was setting up an appointment to bring her to Pewaukee Veterinary Service. She was mostly healthy but had a broken canine tooth that needed to be removed. They decided to wait a few weeks to allow her to acclimate to her new home before bringing her in for the dental procedure.

It took some time for Edie to get comfortable and she spent her earliest days there in a storage compartment under a sleeper sofa in her room. Her new parents were scared when they couldn’t find her, but when they discovered her “safe place,” they made her a soft bed of blankets in that compartment. For the next few weeks, Edie’s owners spent time reading and on the computer in her room so she could get used to them. Eventually she started to venture out, playing with toys and spending time with her new family. Thanks to their patience, she was becoming less and less of a “fraidy cat.”

Then it was time for Edie to come in for her dental procedure. Doctors found another tooth that was also broken at the gum line and removed it as well. She recovered from the dental surgery quickly and has been enjoying the good life at home ever since.

Edie’s mom and dad think she has quite a bit a British shorthair ancestry because of her look and personality traits. She doesn’t cuddle but does enjoy sitting on her mom’s lap in the evening. She is very quiet and polite—in fact, she is the first cat her owners have had who doesn’t jump on the tables and counters! She likes to have four feet on the floor at all times and is happy when you join her down there. She considers it her job to get her family up in the morning and will stand by the bed meowing until everyone is awake. She reminds her mom when it’s time to be brushed, which she enjoys (as long as she can lay on the floor while being groomed).

Edie, now about 13 years old, loves to sleep in her chair with her red stuffed bear. She is still a patient of Dr. Kelly and also spends time in the boarding area when her parents go on trips. Edie’s owners love the attention their little girl gets at Pewaukee Veterinary Service and they hope to have her with them for MANY years to come!

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