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July 17, 2023

Happily Homed: Bug! (Ghost)

Happily Homed: Bug! (Ghost)

Also nicknamed Houdini, Ghost was a cat who quite literally appeared in our shelter one day like an elusive magic trick! Lucky for Ghost, we were happy to take in the mystery white cat and help him find a home.

It all started one winter morning earlier this year. One of our animal care techs arrived early and went about the day’s duties. But then, she spotted a flash of white whiz right on by and caught a cat munching on an open bag of food. Not unusual in a shelter, right? The catch is, at the time, CCS had no white cats!

To this day, we’re not sure exactly how Ghost found his way in our doors, or even his age or original name. Our best guess is that during open hours, someone must have slipped the cat through the door and left. And because he was scared and very good at hiding, he remained a ghost until we found him.

We happily took Ghost in and properly introduced him to the shelter. This friendly boy turned out to need dental work. After his procedure, he was able to happily roam around his own room during recovery.

Shortly after, Ghost was hit with another setback. Our medical team discovered a form of cancer caused by excessive exposure to sunlight, isolated to his ears. He underwent surgery to remove his ears, and has since been doing well!

Ghost — now Bug! — went into a foster to adopt home, and his new cat dad Stuart was happy to care for him post-op. Stuart met Bug! when he was in the shelter to adopt another CCS cat, Marilyn. A week later, he called to inquire about the white mystery cat, heard more about his story, and brought the little guy home.

“Bug! has a lot of personality,” Stuart said. “He’s very affectionate and trills a lot. He doesn’t meow much, and his purr has low volume. After the first few weeks, he fit in with my other cats.”

Bug! wants to go outside, so since Stuart’s cats are all indoors only, he tried out a harness and leash, which Bug! was not a fan of.

He’s still playful, friendly and loving and likes to follow his new owner around. He even likes (or at least tolerates) being put around Stuart’s neck or being held like a baby while getting belly rubs.

Bug! sports some hats with little slits for ears to keep the hat in place. The hats don’t stay on for very long, though.

We are so happy to see our shelter cats happy and healthy in loving homes, and we thank Stuart for providing a supportive environment for several CCS cats.

Have you adopted from CCS in the past? We’d love to hear how it’s going! Send us your adoption success stories (and photos!) to be featured in our #adoptionupdate series on social media or on our website.


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