Adoptable Pets of the Week: ‘People cats’ Godiva and Sable

Godiva may not be a fan of other cats, but that doesn’t mean she isn’t friendly. — photo by Zak Neumann

Many self-proclaimed cat people would prefer to hang out with their pets than fellow human beings. Godiva and Sable have the same attitude towards their own species — the two Iowa City Animal Center felines love cozying up to and playing with people, but turn their tails up at other cats.


Godiva keeps her nails short. — photo by Zak Neumann

Godiva is a petite adult cat, despite having given birth to a litter of kittens — currently in foster care — a few weeks ago. She’s seen as a bit of a diva in the shelter environment because of her intolerance of other cats, and her kennel is often spritzed with lavender oil spray to encourage calm. Out of sight of her peers, Godiva becomes amiable and loving, her tail straight up and hooked at the end in tell-tale sign of comfort and curiosity. The 1.5-year-old will thrive in a castle of her own.

Godiva is a small cat with a lot of attitude. — photo by Zak Neumann


Sable is a curious and playful prescence. — photo by Zak Neumann

With a droopy belly and pear-shaped figure, shelter staff initially thought Sable was pregnant. It turned out that was just her natural body frame, thank you very much, and it has its perks. Being a little bottom-heavy, Sable can sit up like a prairie dog to survey her surroundings. The 1-year-old behaves much like a dog: she’s high-energy and explorative; she’s sociable but isn’t necessarily a lap cat; she loves to chase toys, and will even play fetch with her favorite red sparkly ball.

Sable carries her beloved red ball. — photo by Zak Neumann

These two small but sanguine cats have a lot in common, even if they can’t stand each other. Like your ornery old neighbor who may be yelling at kids to get out of her yard one minute and snuggling up to her household of cats the next, Godiva and Sable just need to find their people, and a cat-free place to call home.

Sable sings us the song of her people. — photo by Zak Neumann

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

Adopt a dog — your life depends on it!

Lucky — photo by Zak Neumann

A newly released study has tied dog ownership to longer lives and better cardiovascular health.

The study, published in Scientific Reports, looked at 3.4 million Swedes aged 40 to 80 who own one dog. Results showed that dog ownership — particularly larger, athletic dog breeds — leads to a 33% reduction in risk of death and 11% reduction in risk of heart attack.

The researchers sited a few possible causes. Dogs typically prompt their owners to go on walks and runs, leading to a more active, healthy lifestyle. Dogs also introduce various bacteria into the home, the exposure to which could help human immune systems. In addition, dogs provide social interaction that can lower stress and aid mental health.

In short, that lovable floof in your home may be extending your life, especially if you live alone or are otherwise at risk for cardiovascular problems.

If you’re going to fill your prescription for a dog, you might as well be saving the dog’s life as well — adopt from the shelter.

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