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If you were around in the early 1960s, you will surely remember a doll named Chatty Cathy. The way she worked was that you would pull a string in her back and she would chat with you, saying things like: “Let’s play house,” “Please change my dress” or “Tell me a story” — all in a sweet lilting accent from the American Deep South. It was high-tech for those days.

The animal in this week’s Adopt Me! column may just be the reincarnation of Chatty Cathy — maybe a “Chatty Catty” — though it’s a “he” and his name is Odairi.

This cat is 13 years old, so he is getting on in years, but the 1960s were still way before his time. Odairi is, according to his foster parents, a “gentle, loving, mature cat and a survivor of Fukushima.” After he lost his owner of eight years, he spent the next four in a shelter before being placed in foster care.

Though mature, Odairi is still very playful. He enjoys interacting with his toys, especially those of the feathery types, which are oh, so exciting. Odairi loves attention. He loves to be patted and brushed and, though he doesn’t like being picked up much, he will nestle on your chest while you read or watch television.

Now, the chatty part: Odairi is quite vocal. He will let you know when he’s hungry and he often makes talking sounds while he is eating. After all, eating can be very exciting too, can’t it? Because he’s a talkative chap, Odairi will need an especially patient and loving person to care for him. A space to explore and one in which he wouldn’t be disruptive when he starts talking. Better yet, Odairi would absolutely love to live with someone who can talk with him. After all, Chatty Cathy’s other favorite line was “I love you!” and we think that’s all Odairi is trying to say. It’s also all he needs to hear!

If you are interested in adopting Ran, email ARK at Tokyoark@arkbark.net or call 050-1557-2763 Monday to Saturday (bilingual) for more information. Tokyo ARK is an NPO founded by Briton Elizabeth Oliver. It is dedicated to rescuing and rehoming abandoned animals. All animals are vaccinated, neutered and microchipped. Prospective owners are requested to undergo a screening process. Web: www.arkbark.net.

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