Pet Tales

Teen kitten is ready for family of her own

Cinnamon, an adolescent orange tabby, is honing her adult skills in foster care.
Cinnamon, an adolescent orange tabby, is honing her adult skills in foster care.

This week, San Luis Obispo County Animal Services volunteer Ellen Perryess highlights a young cat named Cinnamon:

Adolescence can be challenging regardless of species. With cats — being elegant and seemingly self-possessed at an early age — appearance can be misleading.

Even though kittens are quick to master the litter box and can bound effortlessly upstairs or onto a windowsill, the world still holds a lot of uncertainty.

Thankfully, people can help teen kittens by smoothing the path to adulthood with a little kindness and a bit of patience.

Cinnamon’s a perfect example. She’s a lovely orange tabby who enjoys being petted. And being in foster care, Cinnamon’s getting a jump on honing her adult skills. She’s proven herself to have excellent house manners and enjoys the company of other cats, people and the resident dog.

Now Cinnamon’s ready to begin her life with a family of her own.

If you would like to meet Cinnamon, please call her foster family at 234-5755. Like all SLO County Animal Services felines, Cinnamon is already altered, has her initial shots, is microchipped, is negative for feline leukemia/immunodeficiency and comes with a cardboard cat carrier.

Teen kittens are fascinated with the simple — a piece of string, their own reflection, a crumpled piece of paper. Imaginary monsters may send them skittering under a bed or high up into a cat tree. Their focus and foolish antics bring laughter and joy into our lives. In exchange, we give them a safe place to be themselves — a fair trade indeed.

— Animal shelter volunteer Ellen Perryess

For more information about Cinnamon, ID No. 196994, call the volunteer line at San Luis Obispo County Animal Services at 781-4413. Or, visit their website at

The Animal Services shelter is at 885 Oklahoma Ave., off Highway 1 in San Luis Obispo.

To see more shelter animals available for adoption, visit

The adoption fee is $80 for cats and $105 for dogs. Additionally, there is a $25 county license fee for dogs if the adopters are San Luis Obispo County residents.

The adoption fee includes spay or neuter, basic vaccinations, microchip, eligibility for a free veterinarian check, new collar and an ID tag and carrier for cats.

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