It took four months, an article and a lukewarm bath, but a big, blue-eyed princess with personality by the pound has purred her way into a new home.
SICSA Pet Adoption Center, 2600 Wilmington Pike, Kettering, has confirmed that Princess Powderpuff was adopted Thursday after a two-week sleepover, said Jessie Sullivan, the agency’s director of adoptions and placement.
The fluffy princess found her home with a local college student, his girlfriend and his parents.
She was placed in SICSA in October.
The average time it takes for an animal to be adopted is 18 days, with many being adopted within a week.
We first told you about the 19 pounds of cat-titude in December.
Back then, SICSA said Powderpuff drew a lot of interest, but the purr-fect pet owners were not found until now.
The thing that helped seal the deal was how much Powderpuff enjoyed her bath time.
Bathing the kitty was an idea recommended by her prior owners, Sullivan said. She was at first skeptical.
“(Powderpuff’s) sweet, but a little feisty. She loved it,” Sullivan said. “She needed someone who was OK with letting her be who she wants to be.”
The family checked all of Powderpuff’s boxes.
Although they have other animals — two small dogs — they have little interaction with Powderpuff, who likes to be queen.
“She seemed to be happiest being the only pet,” Sullivan said.
The push to get the kitty adopted was a community effort by staffers, the media and those who shared her photos and story on social media, Sullivan said.
“People can make a difference,” she said. “They don’ t necessarily have to adopt.”
Sullivan said there are many other animals in need of adoption at the center.
Big, blue-eyed diva Princess Powderpuff ready to purr her way into your heart
Not every princess is pint-sized.
Princess Powderpuff, a pussy cat with pizzazz by the pound, is proof of that.
The 8-year-old kitty with striking blue-crossed eyes is up for adoption at the SICSA Pet Adoption Center, 2600 Wilmington Pike, Kettering.
Becca Millis, SICSA’s staff cat behaviorist, says Princess Powderpuff has the personality to match all of her 19 pounds.
The diva knows what she wants, and that thing is attention, she said.
“She is an awesome cat,” Millis said. “If you go into the room, you have to pet her first. If you go to any other cat first, she will hold a grudge. She will not let you pet her. I’ve never seen that in a cat, and I’ve seen thousands of cats. She just knows what she likes.”
Powderpuff naturally has the confidence the pet shelter encourages in all of its felines, Millis said, noting that Powderpuff’s behavior indicates that she’ll be loyal and would learn the patterns of everyone in her forever home.
“She wants to be the center of attention in her own house,” Millis said. “She really enjoys being a princess diva.”
Despite her royal behavior, Millis said Princess Powderpuff gets along with other cats.
She may be purr-fect in her own head, but the noble feline has had to overcome a few challenges.
Despite her blue eyes and white fur — sometimes indicators of deafness in cats — Princess Powderpuff can hear just fine.
Her crossed eyes do mean she may not be able to see as well as some kitties, Millis said.
Powderpuff’s jumbo size is likely due to a food insecurity, Millis said.
She guessed Powderpuff, who is a naturally big-boned gal, overeats because sometimes in her life — possibly in early kittenhood, she felt deprived of food.
“We try to give her exercise,” Millis said. “But how do you make a cat exercise?”
The extra weight (Millis said Powderpuff should be closer to 12 pounds than 20), sometimes makes it harder for Powderpuff to clean everywhere (if you catch our drift).
That said, the Princess seemingly had a pretty good life before arriving at SICSA in October.
Her previous owners surrendered her after taking in a grandson who suffers from cat allergies, Millis said.
According to her paperwork, Millis said the future Powderpuff queen’s old humans had a hard time giving Princess Powderpuff up and described her as curious and very friendly.
The cat formerly known as Precious has already made her mark on SICSA and is a favorite of SICSA staff and volunteers.
The big, white furball currently reigns supreme in SICSA’s Meow House.
She has a kennel, but mainly roams freely in the room pretty much 24 hours a day.
“She is a diva and she doesn't appreciate being locked up,” Millis said.
“She gets lots of attention and affection.”
The ideal new owner or owners would be those in search of a feline boss lady.
“Her personality is one of a kind,” Millis said. “It would be someone who wants a great personality and to come home and answer to their cat.”
Those seeking information about Princess Powderpuff should visit SICSA, 2600 Wilmington Pike in Kettering or visit its website, sicsa.org.