Colour: DLH Gray
Born: Approx. Setp. 9, 2006
Gender: Neutered Male
UPDATE: In mid 2022, Aaron developed a wobbly gait. Xrays and bloodwork were normal, nothing explained why he was having difficulty walking. Anti-inflammatory and pain meds were prescribed but neither made for any improvement. Next, we tried Solensia to treat possible arthritis, but it caused unpleasant side affects. Later that year, Aaron was diagnosed with diabetes. He now receives insulin injections twice a day and, although his gait is no better, and he remains under weight, he is stable in all other ways including a good appetite.
In the fall of 2006, five week old orphan, Aaron, was taken out of the city animal shelter by PAW. A few short weeks after that he was adopted by a family. Sadly, three years later, he was returned to PAW. They said he was aggressive.
They were right. He was aggressive. He was placed in the home of one of our experienced foster providers. She was determined to figure him out. For several weeks, she learned to just observe as he was quick to show anger if she tried to interact with him. His displeasure was shown by lunging, clawing and biting. It didn't take long for Aaron to figure out who lived there and who did not. Foster mom discovered that his negative behaviour was caused by his highly protective nature and lashing out was saved for people he didn't know. So, a few simple strategies were developed. When Aaron was triggered (even by other cats), he was spoken to in a calm, soft voice, his name repeatedly spoken. This always gave him pause. And when visitors arrived, he was immediately put into the home office. His well being always came first and it became clear that, for his own protection, Aaron should probably remain a permanent foster. It took several years for Aaron to become less of a guard cat but far fewer years to become a beloved family member.
Aaron has turned out to be a wonderful fellow (very smart - as sensitive cats always are). He is affectionate to a fault and has become a true and loyal friend to both family members and regular visitors. He is closely bonded with his foster mom and when she isn't available to cuddle, he crawls up on foster dad's chest.