POW! Put Down Your Phone And Enjoy a Conversation With Blue-Eyed Mickey

POW! Put Down Your Phone And Enjoy a Conversation With Blue-Eyed Mickey

“There are few things in life more heartwarming than to be welcomed by a cat.”
Tay Hohoff, American literary editor (To Kill A Mockingbird)

  • KCAC’s Adorable, Adoptable Pet of the Week is written by Tecla Metzel of Kane County Animal Control. Additional photos by Lorena Page Photography.

Imagine if our four-legged friends were able to communicate with us through the same mobile devices we use to connect with our friends and family. What kind of texts would we receive?

  • “I’m hungry. Come home and feed me.”
  • “I ate the toilet paper roll and threw up in your bed.”
  • “I can’t find the other cat that lives here with me.”
  • “That piece of meat on the counter was for me, right?”
  • “You didn’t come home right away, so I peed on your favorite blanket.”
  • “The dog ate your slippers so I locked him in the basement.”
  • “The cat turned on the bathroom faucet, and now there’s water everywhere.”
  • “I’m hiding, come find me.”

Unfortunately for us humans, no one has invented a device in this digital age that allows our pets to communicate with us through texts or Siri or Google. We still have to rely on the old-fashioned non-verbal cues our furry friends give us in order to know what their needs might be.

Most of the time it’s easy to read what our dog or cat wants. Their non-verbal cues are pretty basic and we encourage their communication by adding our own verbal questions, such as, “Do you want to go out?” or “Are you ready to eat, now?”

Every once in a while, we become proud adoptive pet parents of a cat or dog that takes communication to the next level.


Meet Mickey, a 4-year-old, male brown and white domestic shorthaired cat with the most beautiful blue eyes this side of the Atlantic Ocean.

Mickey is a very active and friendly little guy that enjoys exploring his surroundings. He loves being the center of attention and getting lots of petting sessions, but he’s very happy to share his space with other cats.

Part of Mickey’s outgoing personality is he’s a big talker. He wants to share his views of the world with you, and he would really like it if you would listen to what he has to say. No digital device needed here. Mickey is all in with the old-fashioned form of communication: He talks and you listen.

So put down your phone or your tablet, stop texting and prepare yourself to have a real conversation with Mickey. You might be surprised what you’ll learn.

How to Adopt

All Kane County Animal Control adoptable cats and dogs are spayed/neutered, microchipped and up-to-date on all vaccines, including rabies. They are tested for feline leukemia/FIV and heartworm.

The adoption fee is $200 for dogs and $100 for cats. Adoption of two dogs is $300, and adoption of two cats is $150. The adoption fee for cockatiels is $25.

For more information regarding Kane County Animal Control’s adoptable animals and for an adoption application, please visit www.kanecountypets.org.

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About Kane County Animal Control

It is the duty of the Animal Control Department to:

  • Kane County Animal Control Logo KCAC Screen Shot 2015-11-30 at 11.39.45 AMEnsure that all domesticated dogs and cats over 4 months of age are vaccinated against rabies and have a Kane County rabies tag.
  • Ensure that all reported animal bites are given precautionary attention in relation to the possibility rabies infection.
  • Ensure that pet owners are instructed on proper procedures pertaining to animal bites and enforce adherence to these procedures.
  • Contain loose\stray dogs in unincorporated Kane County and those towns and villages with whom contracted.
  • Investigate nuisance dog complaints in unincorporated Kane County and those towns and villages with whom contracted.

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