Thursday, April 13, 2017

Shelter cat stories: Meet Pacman

Meet shelter cat PacMan

Life for a stray cat isn't easy. Just ask Pacman here. Doesn't he look tired? He should. He's been through a lot in a few short months.

Pacman is about 5 years old, and he has lived most (if not all) of his life as a stray cat. He was living in a community with quite a few other strays, and his body bears a few scars from his street time. His ears have a few little nibbles in them, his fur is a little thinner than it should be and he has a few cuts and scrapes healing up on his nose and back.

Someone in his neighborhood decided to intervene, and that kind person started feeding Pacman and petting him. Eventually, she let him into her house.

As it turns out, Pacman wasn't quite ready to be a house kitty. He fought with the other resident cats, he peed in the house and otherwise made a great mess of things. He was still a slave to those darned hormones, and he made some bad choices.

So he came to Willamette Humane Society for a new start. (Here's his official bio, which I wrote.)

Pacman was neutered, and during the screening prior to the neuter, the team discovered that Pacman has FIV. I've talked about this on the blog before, but some cats with FIV can live with other cats. But they need to actually like other cats and not fight with them. That isn't the case for this particular kitty.

Pacman the cat sleeping

So Pacman will need to be the only cat in the household. And, he'll need to live indoors (so he doesn't fight with neighborhood cats). He will also need to find someone who appreciates cats with opinions. This guy is terribly sweet and kindhearted, but he likes to be in charge. He's not afraid to dole out the whaps (claws in) when things don't go his way. Cat people love communicators like this. But people who don't know or "get" cats may not.

I recognize that Pacman has a bit of a challenge ahead, in terms of finding a home. He needs to be an only, he has FIV and he can be a little sassy. That might explain why he's been in the shelter since March 2, with no families interested in him.

But I think he deserves a chance at a good home with someone who will love him. He's young and he has so much to give. Can you help? Share his story, and let's bust him out of the shelter soon!


  1. I hope he finds a loving home! He deserves it!

  2. Pacman is precious. His story made Mom cry. We pray that just the right family finds him very soon and gives him the wonderful home he deserves. XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Angel Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth, Calista Jo and Cooper Murphy

  3. Poor guy, I hope he gets a forever home of his own soon. I am surprised someone let him in with their cats without FELV/FIV testing first.

  4. We're purring that Pacman finds the home he so deserves.