You guys, I’m seriously loving this series!! Reading the submissions, seeing the photos, it really makes my day. Then I get to see people comment on the photos like, “Omg I love that dog! He’s the cutest” and a little place in my heart explodes. The rescue community is so amazing and I’m loving the support and love everyone shows.
Now, today I have a special treat because it’s our first cat of Rescue Confessions! Whaaaa? Yep. My sorority sister who’s been following me since day one and shares my crazy cat obsession decided it was time to share her story, and it’s one most of us can definitely relate to. Finding “the One.” Amy and QTip have an incredible bond and I could see that in her answers.
So let’s get started!
Tell us about your rescue! Name, age, breed, species??
Qtip, aka Q, is now about 5 years old but acts like a terrible toddler sometimes.
The most distinguishing feature about Qtip is probably her lack of tail, aka her nub. Qtip is one of those breeds that was born without one! I have a theory that the reason she talks so much, is because she doesn’t have her tail to express herself. Whether that’s true or not, but I like to think there has to be some explanation for her extreme chattiness.
Where did you two first meet?
Qtip and I first met on one of the hottest summer days of 2016 at the Anti-Cruelty Society. It was the day after one of my good friend’s birthday celebrations. We both woke up the next day with plans to go on our friend’s boat. We were a tad hungover and didn’t feel like roasting in the sun. I had heard on the news about “Clear the Shelters” day and we had the genius idea to go check it out. We weren’t committed to getting a cat, but we had played around with the idea before. We got there, took a few laps, played with a few cats, but none of them were “the one.” Next thing I know, I round the corner one last time, ready to go home, and this white fluff ball is staring at us, meowing in extreme excitement. I just had to meet her. Low and behold, she was it. I didn’t need to look any further. Wendy (her name at the time) was mine!
Why did you decide to pursue adoption?
I had always had animals growing up. I had both dogs and cats and loved them all. My one friend in St. Louis adopted a cat post-college and I was so envious of her! She got to come home every day to her furball and I wanted to have that too. All of my animals growing up were also adopted, so that was the only option for me. Giving a pet a home is one of the most satisfying things I’ve ever done. I really think the saying, “who saved who?” is true!
How did you know they were “the one” (or two, or three!)?
Going into the adoption, I knew I wanted a quirky cat. I wanted a cat who was cuddly, fun, and social. Although I think all cats deserve a home, that’s what I really wanted. When I met Qtip, I felt the love she had to give and I couldn’t pass her by!
What advice do you have for someone who is deciding whether or not to adopt?
Definitely spend some time with the cat/dog before you adopt. See if you guys get along or if they just hide from everyone the whole time. Ask yourself what you want from the relationship and know it’ll be a commitment. Even though cats are “easier” than dogs, they are definitely work. Be ready to fail sometimes too. You won’t always find the right litter or the right treats, but it’s a learning process that’s 110% worth it!
Anything else you’d like to share (favorite dates/stories/lessons learned)?
One of the strangest things that Qtip does is she will steal my clothes. She will take any item of clothing she can reach, pull them out of the drawer or anywhere she can reach, and drag them across the floor while making this “chant”. One time, I woke up to a graveyard of her pray in my hallway (see picture). The worst is when she decides to have a hairball on said clothes. That part isn’t so cute.
All kinds of boxes.
Most impressive trick:
Sitting like a human.
Least impressive trick:
The massive amounts of shedding I do.
I will do anything for:
Deli meat turkey. I go nuts for this stuff.
Squirrels or tennis balls:
I have yet to meet a squirrel but I’m sure we’d be besties.
Catnip or laser pointer:
Tough choice, but I’d have to pick the laser pointer. It gives me good exercise and doesn’t make me feel as funny as catnip does.
My favorite place:
My human’s lap. A close second is the couch armrest with all four sprawled out.
It drives my mother the craziest when…
I disrupt my mom’s knitting by going after the yarn non-stop. Also, my shedding. My mom has to vacuum and lint roll constantly.
Like to dress up? (Prove it!):
Not a fan. I have heard rumblings of my human wanting to buy me a sweater. I hope this doesn’t actually happen, but whatever. (update: it happened)
And there you have it. QTip the kitty with no tail but lots of spunk. Be sure to follow QTip on Instagram and keep up with all her adventures!