Willow’s been with the ASPCA since May—and boy, is he a different kitten than he was then. When we first met Willow at two-months-old, it was obvious that humans were a foreign concept to him. Hissing, spitting and swatting were all tricks Willow had up his sleeve to show his fear and warn the people around him to stay away. Fast forward to now, and after lots of work from our Behavior team and dedicated foster caregivers you may not believe that he’s the same kitty. Willow is still a shy and slightly nervous dude—and likely always will be—but he’s clearly come around to the human life. It took Willow some time to settle into his foster home, and he’ll likely take several weeks to settle into an adoptive home, but according to his foster, “man, is it worth it.” With patience, play, treats and a confidence boost from his kitty roommates, Willow has blossomed. Described as “precocious, inquisitive, mischievous and feisty,” Willow likes to spend his days napping in high places, snuggling in boxes, or requesting his human comply with his demands for chin scratches and ear rubs.
An adopter who has some experience with cats like him and lives in a home with teens and up would probably be best for this guy. Because he’s gotten such a big confidence boost from being around his feline foster brothers, Willow must go to a home with another cat. If you’re ready to hang with Willow, please fill out our Cat Adoption Survey.