Jake adjusted well almost immediately, but since then, he has absolutely become his full self — a happy, confident, healthy soul. I have now had an opportunity to see him in various situations — during home improvement projects with various disruptions in furniture availability, others working in my home, occasional visits from a neighboring cat, changes in weather that affect his interest in going outside.
Through it all, he has expressed calmness — he is not disinterested or inattentive but seems to quickly assess the new condition or disturbance and usually decides it is not worth any further action or anxiety. I rationalize this as: for a cat who has been through the crisis of the Paradise fire and survived, he is not going to worry about little things. As an older cat (probably over 10 years old), I wasn’t sure how interactive he would become. And if he simply wanted to sleep and eat, I was fine with that: these are his ‘golden years’. But he has become more playful and more expressive and has developed some daily rituals that are endearing.
Healthwise, he seems fine and this has been confirmed with visits to the local veterinarian. He did have some dental work (several broken and troublesome teeth removed) — and I was aware of this likelihood when I adopted him. But he recovered from that surgery well and quickly and it has not affected his appetite or eating ability.
My friends and family have also ’embraced’ Jake — some of my dear friends in Carmel made a ‘welcome’ card for him.
Jake truly seems to love his home and his life. I love having him in my life. He is a delightful soul and a constant reminder of the potential to survive tragedy and emerge whole, to live a happy ‘second’ life.
My thanks to BHS for caring for Jake and giving him a ‘post-fire’ chance at life!