Dec 27 2009

Jabba the Cat



When you hear the name Jabba, most of us automatically think of the disgusting character, Jabba the Hut in the Return of the Jedi movie.  I know this is an unusual name for a cat, but Jabba came to Wayside Waifs when his owner had to surrender him because of allergies.  When an animal is surrendered to us by their owner we keep the animals original name, hence Jabba.  I can assure you, other than being a big boy, Jabba is nothing like movie character! 

One day last week I was in the cat room getting some video of another large kitty we had at the time, Kenya (30 pounds), when I happened to have the pleasure of meeting Jabba.  He is an extremely friendly, six year old, domestic shorthair.  He just came right up to me and leaned into me like we had known each other for years.  When you start petting him he gets a little chirpy and purrs very loud.  As you can see, he is a big fellow!  He weighs about 22 pounds.  So whoever adopts him will need to lay off the treats, encourage exercise with some fun toys, and he may need to stay on a special diet to help him shed a few pounds.

Currently Jabba is housed in what we call the East Storefront. This is a room that is actually two connecting spaces.  One space is all windows and allows visitors in the lobby to see in.  There can be as many as seven cats in this room at one time.  We only put very social cats in this room, and of course Jabba definitely fits this criteria.

Jabba does enjoy being on your lap and several times we have had volunteers get a little surprised when Jabba jumped on their lap.  He doesn’t seem to mind that he is a big boy, he just loves people and enjoys getting his ears scratched and back rubs!  If you are looking for a loving cat with a lot of character, I invite you to come in and spend some time with Jabba.

Now througth the end of the year, we are reducing our cat adoption fees to only $25.  Cat adoptions can start at $75.  This adoption fee includes all vaccinations, spay/neuter surgery and a 5 pound bag of food.   You can read more about Jabba and his friends at Wayside Waifs by visiting our cat adoptions page.

Written by Trish Stinger
Web Marketing Manager at Wayside Waifs

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