In late October of 2014, fluffy-coated, wispy-earred, white-whiskered, emerald-eyed Velvet was dumped on a farm in Brandenburg when she was only a few weeks old. Whoever abandoned her, however, must have cared about her to some degree because she was clean, flea-free, and well-fed when she was discovered. The young property owners told us they would have liked to have kept Velvet but were afraid that their barn cats would kill her so they brought her to us so that we could find her a loving home. Velvet has been here ever since and is more than ready for a new home. Why would such a gorgeous feline not have people clamoring to adopt her? Well, turns out Velvet grew up to be quite the Diva! Although she’s usually one of the first cats to greet visitors to the Chiles Cat Room, and even though she will usually let you pet her for a minute or two, Velvet does NOT like to be picked up and she will nip you to let you know she doesn’t like it. Yep, she’s definitely one of those independent cats that likes to call the shots both with people and other cats. Velvet will co-exist with other cats (but she quickly lets them know she’s the queen of the room) and she usually doesn’t mind a well-mannered dog provided it doesn’t intrude into her personal space without being invited to do so. But, to be honest, if it turns out Velvet will be the only four-legged member in her new household, we don’t think she’d mind all that much. Lots of female cats (and some male cats, too!) have the same diva attitude as Velvet but we bet their owners wouldn’t trade them for the world. All Velvet is asking for is a chance to work her way into your heart. And, thanks to the great folks at Pet Wants on the Avenue, the person who adopts Velvet will get one month of free cat food! To find out if this sometimes cantankerous but always captivating cat would be a good fit for you and your household, just stop by the shelter soon and ask to meet her!