Elsa is the kitten’s true name, but she immediately became known as “Velcro Cat.” Crystal Mackey, Elsa’s foster mother, began calling her this because of the way Elsa cuddles up to her and attaches herself to her.
“Within the first hour of her arrival,” Mackey told The Dodo, “she realized how warm and comfy my neck felt.” “Then she realized she could balance on my shoulder and hug my neck. I couldn’t get her off my shoulder after that, and every time she found me, she’d climb her way up and kiss me.”
Elsa used to work at an outdoor pool business in Sydney, Australia before she became Velcro Cat. Rescuers discovered her alone, with no sign of her mother or siblings.
Elsa was probably around 4 weeks old when she was discovered, and she was not only alone, but also blind. In reality, she didn’t appear to have any eyes, only small pink holes where her eyes should have been. Knowing Elsa required special care, the individuals who discovered her attempted to locate a rescue organization to take her in. CatRescue 901, an organization that specialized in the rescue of abandoned kittens and cats, swiftly stepped forward.
Elsa was in awful condition, infested with lice, fleas, intestinal worms, and ringworm. She was born with incompletely developed eyes, a noticeable head wobble, and difficulty walking, which a veterinary neurologist subsequently identified as cerebellar hypoplasia.
Elsa had to go into foster care since the rescue organization didn’t have a dedicated facility. Mackey volunteered for the position, traveling two hours to pick her up and back.
Elsa was abnormally quiet for the entirety of the vehicle ride, according to Mackey, until the last stretch.
Elsa instantly connected herself to Mackey when they arrived home, earning her the moniker Velcro Cat. “All she did was roll around on my lap, purring.”
Elsa could roll on Mackey’s lap, but she struggled to walk and move about in general. Mackey participates in daily physical therapy sessions with Elsa to assist her.
“It took a week to train her to walk and play with toys, but she was ultimately sprinting and jumping,” Mackey added. “The day she came, she had chosen her favorite toy – a ‘crinkle ball’ toy that makes a lot of noise.”
Nothing can stop Elsa now, she runs and plays just like any other kitty her age.
“She brings her toys around and believes she’s hiding them by putting them next to our shoes,” Mackey explained. “She enjoys running in the grass (under supervision, of course), and will chase me around for half an hour before toddling off to explore. She often climbs up on the bathroom sink and soaks her head in flowing water until she’s completely drenched before going for a run about.”
Elsa enjoys being away from Mackey, despite her daring nature. “When she can’t find me, she meows,” Mackey explained.
Mackey had intended to merely foster Elsa at first, and she had even scheduled several meetings with prospective adopters. However, Mackey rapidly discovered that she was as devoted to Elsa as Elsa was to her.
“Whenever I thought about her leaving, I started to feel extremely nauseous,” Mackey explained. “I was concerned because she had blended in so well, and I didn’t want her to feel rejected. I knew I wanted her to remain for the rest of my life so I could see her evolve and grow.”
“I adore her huge ears and her distinctive tiny white nose and paws, and I love waking up in the morning with her on my neck,” Mackey added. “She is such a giving young child, and she is very present in everything I do. I’m hoping she’ll be with me for a long time.”