For the past year, we’ve primarily fostered kittens, or cats who were approximately Riker’s age. Often foster kittens can require a lot of hands-on attention, so after Hawksley was adopted, we asked the ACR if we could foster someone a bit low maintenance.
Enter: Michael Burnham, formerly known as Snorlax.
Before we began fostering this lovely lady cat, she was surrendered to the vet due to health reasons. A large cat at 20 pounds, she ate a small piece of plastic. Within a month, she’d lost half her weight and ended up at the vet in desperate need of surgery. After her surgery was completed and she’d had some time to heal, she was allocated to us, and I picked her up at the vet.
From the moment that I brought her into our condo and opened the cat carrier she has been perfectly comfortable and made herself at home.
Most new foster cats make a beeline for under the couch, but not Michael Burnham. She strolled around, checked things out, looked out the window, and then sad down to sun herself.
Of all the cats we’ve ever fostered, she’s one of the most friendly we’ve ever had. In the evenings she sits with us on the couch, and nudges up on us until we pet her. She’s also been known to climb into bed with us and sleep on the pillow, just above our heads.
With her new svelte figure, the name Snorlax no longer made sense. Keeping with our Star Trek theme, we’re calling her Michael Burnham, after the lead character in the new Star Trek: Discovery series. Much like Michael Burnham, she’s a bold little survivor, who’s quite smart, though not always sure how to get along with others (while this cat loves Kevin and I, she has yet to befriend Riker, who is (naturally) desperate for her attention).
Any family looking for a great cat to settle in with them would be wise to adopt Michael Burnham. She’s a wonderful, beautiful pet, who loves attention and loves to eat.
See photos below!