In the Past...
Saki’s family moved away without him. He waited patiently outside the garage for them to return. They never did. Two days later, a kind neighbor noticed him hanging out and looking dejected. It was hot. She took him some food and water, and made arrangements for us to rescue him.
His family never neutered him, and despite Iowa City’s leash law, they let him roam outside! Saki had been in a fight and ended up with an abscess near his ear. He now has a slight head tilt, which gives him a quizzical, pondering look.
Judging by his behavior, this is a cat who was roughly handled and yelled at. He would need a catwise person. Saki proved to be very bright and showed a great deal of potential. We worked every day showing him that hands are not toys. Some blood was shed, but not much.
He had been restrained by arms so much that he immediately became a "wooden kitty" with all four legs stuck straight out whenever he was picked up. So Saki also needed to learn that hugs are not for restraint. It wasn't long before Saki was putting his front paws on either side of my neck, kneading my shoulders, and drooling slightly in ecstasy—a little messy, but great progress! He was a quick study.
He needed a home where he’d be the only cat to experience more examples of positive interactions with humans. And he found just the right person.
Janice described Saki as the “Eddie Haskell” of cats. (Eddie was Wally’s unctuous, ingratiating friend on Leave it to Beaver. A wisecracking braggart in front of his buddies, Eddie immediately shifted to become overly sweet and courteous around adults.)
She knew Saki was almost too smart for his own good. And that while he has super manipulating skills he also has a very vulnerable side.