Sweet Georgy Peach
In late September 2008, Nigel Glenday of Manhattan visited the ASPCA Adoption Center with his girlfriend, Betsy. Nigel had never lived with a cat before, but his girlfriend, a lifelong pet lover, was eager to help him find a new friend for his tiny New York apartment.
When he met Georgiana, a small, one-year-old Tabby cat, he wasn't quite convinced. "I was looking for an active, personable cat; someone who wouldn't be shy to speak her mind," Nigel says. "Georgy was shy when we first met her and not terribly talkative—she looked like she'd spent some rough time on the streets before she found her way to the ASPCA."
But Betsy was drawn to Georgy, so Nigel was more than happy to give the cat a new home. "After spending the first day in seclusion under my couch, Georgy eventually sprang out of her shell!" Nigel enthuses. "Now she's always ready for an invigorating chase after her mouse toys and has become ruler of the house."
Recognizing a good thing when she hears it, Georgy promptly skips over whenever her new pet parent calls her name. "When I'm sitting at my desk, she will stop by, politely tap me on the leg and ask for some attention," says Nigel. "If I'm too busy, she's happy to climb on my shoulder or sit on the desk to keep me company."
Like the rest of her personality, Georgy's curiosity has also grown in recent months. "Closets are a great mystery to be unlocked," Nigel explains. "And staring contests with balcony pigeons are also a regular pastime."
"Our Georgy has really become the life of the party," he adds. "But that never prevents a good nap here and there!"