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This Cat’s Birthday Party Was Thrown At The Shelter, But No One Showed Up

The average stay at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home for a cat is 23 days. Monique has spent 121 days at the location.

The 2-year-old cat is extremely lively and sociable, but she has been unable to find a home due to her feline immunodeficiency virus infection (FIV). Although the illness is readily treated, she is unable to coexist with most other cats. Monique is an inquisitive, energetic cat who would like having an outside place to explore as well. However, her new yard would need to be fenced so that no other cats could get in and perhaps contract FIV.


“Monique is a wonderfully nice and loving little cat,” Battersea Dogs & Cats Home communications officer Nikki Cummins told The Dodo. “She was a bit hesitant when she first came at Battersea and took a while to come out of her shell, but as she got to know the people around her, her personality shined through, and she’s always delighted to see us.”

Monique is adored at the shelter, and everyone wants to see her find her happy home, so they devised a plan to assist in her adoption.


“Since Monique’s birthday occurs on Valentine’s Day, it felt like the perfect opportunity to honor one of our kitties,” Cummins explained. “What better time than Valentine’s Day for individuals to think about bringing more love into their lives?” Our cattery receives a large number of visitors, many of whom are interested in adopting a cat and want to learn more about the process and view some of our animals. The decorations were intended to catch everyone’s attention to the birthday girl, persuade them to inquire about the type of home she desired, and, in an ideal world, offer to take her home.”


Everyone sprang into action to make it happen since it felt like the perfect idea. Everything was ready for the party on the day of the event. The decorations were up, and the birthday girl was in the spotlight. Everyone held their breath and crossed their fingers, hoping that this would be the day Monique found her permanent home.

However, no one showed up for Monique’s birthday celebration.


Everyone was disappointed after all their hopes that the celebration would be a success — but lovely Monique, as usual, stayed cheerful.

“We were sad that Monique’s birthday didn’t bring any prospective new owners,” Cummins said. “However, our employees and volunteers were more than glad to stop in and give the birthday lady a bit of a fuss – she had a LOT of cheek massages that day.”


Despite the fact that the celebration didn’t go as planned, everyone at the shelter is confident that Monique’s perfect forever home is out there someplace. Meanwhile, she’ll continue to receive a lot of affection from the shelter workers.

“Monique appears to be blissfully oblivious of her sudden celebrity,” Cummins added. “Although she would like to have her own home, she has gradually adjusted to life at the cattery and enjoys spending time with our staff and volunteers, as well as resting on her perch to keep an eye on everything going on around her.”


Monique will thrive in a home with no other dogs or cats and an enclosed yard where she can run about and play. She requires a family that recognizes that she may require some time to adjust at first, and so she may live with children as long as they understand how to give her the space she requires. Monique, on the other hand, simply wants to be loved and has a lot of love to give.

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