When Gary Palmer, assistant vice president of community affairs at Replacements, Ltd., first met “Frosty,” she was a skinny stray that kept coming into his yard. “She was afraid of everything, yet kept coming back,” Gary said. “I worried about her being so skinny and started putting cat food outside. The next thing I knew, she was coming into the house.” It took a while before Frosty would let Gary even touch her, but by then he had adopted her – unaware that Frosty had a surprise in store for him! “What I didn’t know until I took her to the vet was that she was pregnant,” Gary said. “A few weeks later, I had a litter of five kittens!”
It took over a year for Frosty to learn to be affectionate or to even respond to attempts to play with her. She didn’t like being petted, held or brushed. Slowly, she began to like these things, and has become a loveable, affectionate friend. Today, this adorable, fluffy cat is far different than she was six years ago. “She likes to jump up on your lap or chest and go to sleep,” Gary said. “Now she loves to be brushed and have her ears and throat scratched. All of my neighbors know Frosty because she lies down on her back on the sidewalk, and waits for them to come by and pet her.
Gary said Frosty does exhibit one unusual trait: “She has absolutely no interest in catnip, but is totally addicted to catnip treats, and will frequently let you know she expects some!”
Although Frosty doesn’t come to work with Gary, he still appreciates Replacements’ pet-friendly policy. “I’m sure Frosty would love to be at work with me if she could roam around. She would have great fun climbing the sixteen-foot inventory shelves throughout the building. However, I don’t think that would be a great idea!” Gary said. “So, she happily remains at home, ruling the house and neighborhood while I am away. Fortunately, I still get to play with the many dogs that come to work at Replacements.”