Meet Cali:

Adoption Date: 1/30/2019

Intake Date: 9/9/2018

Adoption Announcement – 1/30/2019

Hi there, Cali here. The last time I checked in was to tell you that I was back at the Safe Place for Pets Welcome Center after my pre-adoption by one of the Safe Place for Pets volunteers didn’t work out. Well I’m back to tell you that I am over-the-top thrilled that I have found my very own furever home with a wonderful mom and dad who love me and give me all the attention, playtime, and cuddling that even I could ever want.

We live in an cozy house in Manitou Springs, just the right size for the three of us. I stepped out of the carrier when the Safe Place volunteer brought me home and immediately set about exploring my new domain. Some cats are shy when they visit a new place, but not this girl! Curiosity is my middle name, and it was great to be able to indulge myself. And of course I was pleased with everything, especially the window in the bedroom that looks out to the back of the house. Not only does it give me a lovely patch of sunlight to bask in, but it also lets me watch the birds, which I adore. I saw something the other day though that totally flabbergasted me. I was sitting there peacefully minding my own business when suddenly two huge creatures walked into view. I’ve never seen anything so big in all my life! Mom noticed that I was staring intently at something and came in to see what I was looking at and started to laugh. Apparently those creatures are called deer and are fairly common where we live. I don’t know about that, but I was darned glad that they were on the other side of that window!

I told you that I have plenty of playtime. There are two toys that I love. One is a kind of racetrack with balls that I can make fly around the track. If I make them go fast enough, they turn red! I can play with it all by myself, and you should see how fast I can make those balls go! The other thing is a peacock feather that Mom or Dad wave around so that I can dance on my hind legs and chase it. They’ve had to replace it several times since I moved in because I am peacock huntress extraordinaire. Not only do I have toys; I myself seem to be a toy. Mom likes to dress me up and take pictures of me. It makes her happy, so I don’t mind. I will say though that that silly hat didn’t stay on my head for more than a minute before I rid myself of it!

As much as I love our play, I love the quiet time and cuddling just as much. I am definitely a lap cat and love to curl up and be petted and go to sleep in whichever one is available. And of course I sleep with Mom and Dad at night. I just make sure to alternate who I sleep on so that neither of them will be jealous. After all, who wouldn’t want a warm little cat sleeping on top of them?

Things are just perfect for me here in my new furever home. I’m happier than I ever dreamed I could be. I’m a very lucky cat and have a lot of people to thank. I’d like to thank my surrenderers, who took me and my two feline housemates in when our prior mom died. I’d also like to thank the folks at Cook Animal Hospital, a Safe Place for Pets partner vet, for making sure that I was healthy when I came to my new home. And finally, I’d like to thank the Safe Place volunteers who made the comfy fleece snuggly for me to enjoy. Dad put it on the arm of the sofa, and it’s just purrfect! 😻

Adoption Bio – 9/9/2018


Hi, remember me? It’s Cali, or Calikin as my almost-mom liked to call me.

You haven’t heard from me in a while because I was testing out a new home. I was gone for almost two months! Unfortunately, despite the fact that my almost-mom loved me and I loved her, it just didn’t work out. Even though I used to live with other cats with my prior mom, I really didn’t like sharing her attention! I think I’d be happiest being the only pet in the family. That way I could get loving whenever I wanted it – which is a lot – and not have to compete for a warm lap. I love warm laps! I don’t really demand attention while I’m there; I just want to snuggle in and take a nap. Of course being stroked occasionally adds to the enjoyment. One good thing about me is that because I’m so small that I don’t take up a lot of room, so my almost-mom could read or work on the computer with me in her lap.

That doesn’t mean that I don’t want and demand attention, because I do!!! I’m kind of a helicopter cat. I go off and do my own thing for a bit, then come back for a conversation and petting. I love having my ears and chin scratched and adore having my chest massaged. I like it best when my person gets down on the floor with me to pet and play with me. Then I know that I am the absolute center of their world. And I love to play! One of my favorite games is chasing feathers at the end of a string on a stick. My almost-mom called that a lure. I also had a toy mouse that I used to toss around. Every so often I’d decide that it needed a bath, so I’d drop it in the water bowl 😹. There was also a track with balls in it to bat around. When they got moving fast enough, they would actually turn red. With my small paws, I could really get them moving. But my favorite play-alone toy was a beaver that could be stuffed with a bit of catnip. I’d rub my face on it, then grab it with my claws and throw it up in the air, chase and pounce on it, then do it all over again.

One of the really neat things about the house was that it had lots of windows. I used to sit at them and watch all the birds and sometimes rabbits that would come into view. I especially liked sitting on the tall cat condo and watching from there. And of course I had lots of fun scratching it and then racing up it to sit at the top. I’m just crazy for heights! And although I’m still a youngster, I knew better than to use my claws on the furniture.

You can tell that I’m a fun-loving girl who also loves her people. I’ve lived with children, so that’s not a problem. I just don’t want any other cats in my house! I don’t really know about dogs. I think maybe it’d be ok as long as they didn’t chase me and understood that I was top cat. It was nice being with someone who loved me, and if hadn’t been for those other cats, I’d still be there 😿. But I’m not, so I’m back in the market for a forever home. I really think you ought to come down to the Safe Place for Pets Welcome Center and meet me. Then you could see what a really wonderful girl I am! All you have to do is call the Safe Place phone at 719-359-0201 or email them at and one of the volunteers would be happy to introduce us. I’d love to meet you.



Original bio:

Well hello there! I’m very happy to meet you! My name is Cali, and I’m a new arrival at the Safe Place for Pets Welcome Center. I came here with my sister Lexi, but she can introduce herself later. Right now it’s my turn. As I said, my name is Cali, and from that you might assume that I’m a calico. You’d be wrong though. I’m actually a tortoiseshell, which is the color you might get if you took the white out of a calico, put the other two colors in a blender and turned it on high. If you take a look at my picture, you’ll see what I mean. Isn’t the gold stripe down my black face beautiful?! I’m told that some people call us black calicos. I really don’t care what you call me; I’m me and that’s that.

As to what else I am, I’m a female spayed domestic shorthair with claws. I’m somewhere between two and three years old; I can’t remember my birthday. I suppose you could call me a teenage cat, because I still have plenty of spunk in me! I’m more than willing to play with you. 😊 Speaking of spunk, although I didn’t grow up with dogs, I don’t let them intimidate me either. The nice folks who took us in after Mom died have two big dogs and one small one. If I’m sitting someplace and one of them walks up to me, I just hiss at them and stay exactly where I am. I don’t let them boss me around. I was also fascinated by the family’s many pet birds, but that didn’t go over as well. 😉

One thing I do really enjoy about the family that took us in is the children. You wouldn’t think that a cat who grew up with just an elderly mom and two other cats (yes, we have another sister) would like kids, but I really enjoy them. As a matter of fact, I decided that it would be nice to sleep with one of the girls at night. So I think that I would do really well in a lively household. Another thing about me is that I dearly love being petted. I’m not at all shy about it either. I will come right up to you and butt up against your leg or hand to get you to pet me. And I love having my head scratched. I guess I’ve talked enough about myself for now, so I’ll pass the microphone over to my sister. Lexi?

I’m right here Cali. I was beginning to think you were going to talk forever! But now it’s my turn to introduce myself. As Cali said, my name is Lexi. I’m about the same age as Cali, and also a spayed female with claws. I’m a domestic longhair tabby though, not an exotic tortoiseshell. But don’t think that tabby means boring. Just look at me! One of the nice volunteers at Safe Place for Pets said that with my delicate looks and quiet nature, I look like a fairy princess. Apt, wouldn’t you say? I’m not as outgoing as Cali is either. I like to take my time before I come out to be social. But that isn’t to say that I am not a lover as well! I adore being petted, brushed, and having my tummy rubbed. And unlike Cali, I don’t limit myself to one person; I love to sleep with everyone in the family! I’m not quite as sure of myself with the dogs though. I don’t run away from them, but after I hiss I go find somewhere else to be. But I’m not stupid. I know perfectly well that when they are in their crates I’m perfectly safe. When that happens, I will sashay right up and lie down next to the crates. I would definitely enjoy being in a family with kids. I could probably learn to deal with dogs too as long as they don’t want to chase me.

Cali here again. As you can see, we are two very different cats. But we are exactly the same in that we would really love to find new furrever homes. We have so much love to give, and although everyone here at the Safe Place for Pets Welcome Center is wonderful, it’s just not the same as having our own families to cuddle with. We’d be thrilled to have you come down and fall in love with one or both of us. It’s easy; all you have to do is call 719-359-0201 or send an email to or fill out the form below to make an appointment to come see us. You won’t be sorry!


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