Susannah Nevison, a doctoral student at the University of Utah who supervises a pedagogy class at a local middle school on Thursdays, was walking across the parking lot with one of her students noticed a hanger-on.
“A beautiful little cat started following us,” Nevison said. “When I got to my car, I opened the door and the cat climbed in.”
“While I was putting my purse in the passenger seat, the little cat jumped right up in my lap!” Nevison said. “I was kind of stunned — she just sat in my lap purring and nuzzling, and eventually climbed up on my shoulder.”
Nevison, a long-time dog lover, and owner is allergic to cats. She noticed that the stray’s eye seemed to be bothering her, so that would definitely need to be looked at. The cat seemed to be asking for help, just by climbing into the car.
“Since the cat didn’t have a collar, and clearly wanted a ride, I drove her to a local shelter,” Nevison said.
At Salt Lake County Animal Services (SLCAS), staff checked for a microchip but there wasn’t one. The 1-year-old cat had been fending for herself on the streets, but was still very sweet.
“She’s very sweet and has a very quiet purr,” Callista Pearson, marketing, and communications manager for SLCAS, said. “It actually looks like the eye/socket did not form correctly which is why we will remove it; if not it could get infected and be very painful for her.”
If no one claims the sweet little cat, she’ll be ready for adoption on November 3. She will be spayed and have surgery for her eye. Until then, she seems happy to explore the shelter and snuggle with the staff.
Nevison just couldn’t take the cat home but she’s determined to help find another home for her. “She is a beautiful tabby, with a coat that looks like marble,” Nevison said.
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