Adoptable Pet of the Week: Abraham, the country bumpkin

Abraham likes a good, warm hug. — photo by Zak Neumann

Restless warrior. Wide-eyed wanderer. Star-crossed voyager. These aren’t just phrases in Elton John’s “Can You Feel the Love Tonight.” They describe Abraham, a rugged feline at the Iowa City Animal Care and Adoption Center.

Despite his saucer eyes, Abraham is not a fearful or nervous cat. — photo by Zak Neumann

Abraham looks like your stereotypical shelter cat: he’s colored like a wild lynx, he’s missing the tip of his left ear, he has bald patches in a couple areas where his multi-textured fur was knotted. But if you think Abe is mean and calloused from life on the streets, you’d be dead wrong.

A toy? Don’t mind if I do. — photo by Zak Neumann

The 7-year-old(ish) cat is neither a mushball nor antisocial. Once released from his cage, he will explore whatever space he’s in, including the humans present. He’s a generous rubber and loves walking back and forth as you stroke and scratch his long fur. Despite being friendly, Abe doesn’t stay in one place long; he is a natural explorer.

Abraham likes to prowl around and rub against any leg, chair or camera lens he encounters. — photo by Zak Neumann

This rolling stone would not be very happy stuck behind four walls, and his landlords might not be thrilled with his manners (he is picky about using the litter box). Abraham is waiting for a home on the range, where he can come and go as he pleases. Iowa City has strict leash laws forbidding free-roaming pets in residential areas, so Abe’s owners will need to live outside of city limits. If you own a farm or country home — or have friends or family who do, and who might be interested in adding a friendly face to their property — Abraham will earn his keep by doing a bit of pest control and, in his free time, offering plenty of love.

Only sleepiness can stop Abe from exploring. — photo by Zak Neumann

Visit the shelter’s website for more information on adoption. To meet Abraham, stop by the Iowa City Animal Center at 3910 Napoleon Ln in Iowa City between 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., Monday-Friday, or 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturdays.

Revisiting Irene

Irene is a curious, if shy, kitty. — photo by Zak Neumann,

Irene was one of our Adoptable Pets of the Week in September, and currently remains at the Iowa City Animal Center. Named after the Sherlock Holmes character Irene Adler, this petite black kitty is sweet as candy. She’s a little shy, which might account for her extended stay at the shelter, but the humans who take her home will be blessed with a mature and cuddly adult cat.

Irene likes to keep her claws buffed. — photo by Zak Neumann,

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