Mako-chin is a shy girl

Excuse me for showing only my paw pads the last time. I’m Mako.

I used to live with my mom Chappy, and with Big, but because new cats kept coming in, we had to give up our room. The staff managed to find a new room for us, where other cats like Rindo live. I am still so nervous in this new environment that I don’t have much of an appetite.

What? It’s good that I can’t eat because I’ve put on so much weight since I came to ARK? You’re so rude!

You’ve got a cat teaser? OK, I’ll let you tease me!
My specialty is catching mice and bugs. Don’t ever think I’m slow.

Hey, you’re better than I thought!

I want to snuggle up to people. I want them to play with me a lot. But everyone at ARK is so busy, they don’t pay much attention to me. It takes a bit of time for me to get into snuggling mode, and they don’t have time to wait for that. I know. I’m not the only cat at ARK, and I’m all right. I’ve been here for a long time.

Some volunteers are concerned about me and come to see me, but I’m shy. I hide and get all stiff, and I don’t know what to do. I want to have my own family like my big brother Kuro, but people don’t choose me because I can't get all friendly with new people very quickly. I hope I’ll meet someone who understands me and waits for me until I get used to the new environment. I can get along with other cats pretty well, too.

Do you want to know an insider story from ARK? (This is only between you and me. Keep it a secret and don’t tell them that I told you, OK?) Dogs and cats keep coming in and it’s hard to set up new rooms, so some cats live with ARK staff. Larry is one of them. If only he could find a good adopter…. I hear Larry has gotten over his constipation recently.

Here’s another insider story.
When a new cat comes in, he’s first taken into a room with double-doors, or the clinic, to get vaccinated and neutered. After ARK staff think they know a bit about his character, he’s taken to a cat house. However, all the cat houses are so full these days, this time we had to give up our room for new cats. The old room was outside with only one door which opens wide, so you can get outside pretty easily. ARK staff were always worried about the possibility that new cats, who are neither vaccinated nor neutered, who are still afraid and whose personality the staff still don’t really know, might escape from the enclosure.

Actually, Big and I managed to get out quite often when staff weren’t paying attention to us. But it was just a pastime for us and we would come back before long. Anyway, the cat house is easy to get away from if you want to. So staff, do your best not to lose us!

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