How a single cat became boss of the Best Friends mailroom

Abner loves being an 'only cat.' He does not enjoy the company of other felines. He likes living as a single cat in the Best Friends mail room.
By Christelle L. Del Prete

Abner isn’t a new arrival at Best Friends. He’s been living at Cat World ever since he came to the Sanctuary from a humane society in Kansas, but recently, Abner got himself a new gig. As the head honcho of the Best Friends mailroom, he puts his personal stamp on every package or piece of mail that comes in or goes out from the Sanctuary. He’s even got an office with a cat’s-eye view.

The tabby-and-white cat moved into the mailroom after he began having trouble with his roommates in Cat World, but now he couldn’t be happier.


Solo cat with FIV

A little less than a year ago, Abner made it clear that he was no longer happy living with other cats by going out of his way to let them know that he was the boss. That’s when his caregivers knew he’d had enough. There are plenty of cats who enjoy having feline friends and living with other cats. Not Abner. He needs his own space.

Abner also has feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV), and that, paired with his cantankerous attitude toward other kitties, made him a good candidate for new accommodations where he wouldn’t have to get along with other cats.  

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Abner the 'single cat' doesn't care for the company of other cats, so the mailroom is a great place for him to stay

Single cat becomes mailroom mascot

When a “supervisory” position opened in the Best Friends shipping and receiving department, Abner was a shoo-in. The large space is the perfect stomping grounds for a solitary cat, and he has three staff members to boss around.

“He is definitely the boss around here,” says Tara Dick, shipping coordinator. “There isn’t any part of the office that isn’t his.”

You could call Abner nosy, though he might say he’s just concerned about quality control. He inspects every package or piece of mail that comes to the Sanctuary, and he carefully monitors everything that goes out. When things are quiet, you can find him napping in the outgoing mail bin. It’s no wonder that some of the mail coming out of Best Friends is toasty warm and covered in tabby-and-white cat hair.

Once he ensures that all shipping and receiving operations are running smoothly, Abner can relax by jumping up on a desk to gaze out of a window overlooking part of Horse Haven. Perhaps he is daydreaming about finding a home where he can be the only cat. But for now, Abner is happy, and he’s thankful to have a job to do.

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When things are quiet, you can find Abner napping in the outgoing mail bin

Abner, who loves being an 'only cat,' ensures that all shipping and receiving operations are running smoothly

Photos by Molly Wald