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KHS opens new cat room

The Kitsap Humane Society debuted its new feline lounge with an official ceremony on Monday.

A toast of sparkling cider was had and, in keeping with the theme, yarn was cut. Regular-sized scissors were used.

There was a large turnout for the opening. Visitors were packed in the lobby of the Humane Society, all trying to peek at the room.

The cat room itself was less crowded, with four cats inside. Cats will be cycled in and out of the room based on their need, said Natalie Smith, the director of animal welfare.

Some cats with specific conditions or issues can be accommodated for in a way not possible before, she said.

Smith pointed out one cat in particular, Georgia, who had been over-grooming herself due to stress. She was placed in the free-roam room as soon as it was ready.

“This is the kind of cat this room was made for,” Smith said, adding that giving cats freedom from their cages and regular routines helps them live happier lives.

It seems as if that is only one of the benefits provided by the room. Cats can showcase their personality while roaming the room. It’s easier for potential adopters to learn about a cat when it is moving around an open space with other cats and toys than when it is alone in a compact cage.

Also, board member Kevin Sheehan said, “When cats can also interact with one another, families can see how they would live with other pets.”

All this visibility can be just as informative for Humane Society staffers as it is for adopters, Sheehan explained.  The Humane Society can learn more about the animals and, using that information, find out what conditions are most suitable for them.

“If we see one who just wants to be the alpha cat and boss the others around, we can take note of it,” he said.

Those that are interested in visiting the Kitsap Humane Society and the new cat room, can do so from noon to 5:30 p.m. on Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, and from noon to 6:30 p.m. on Thursdays.

By Ryan Robinson

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