Pet of the Week: Mercury

By Madison Bendistis 
Elm Staff Writer

This week, meet Mercury, a two-and-a-half-year-old cat available for adoption at the Humane Society of Kent County. Mercury has beautifully patterned gray fur and bright green eyes.

“The best way to describe Mercury is that he’s got a big personality. He likes to talk a lot,” Animal Care Technician Harlee Elerton said.

Mercury’s vocal characteristic has caused him to gain a lot of attention at the Humane Society.

“He’s a young guy. He loves to play. He’s definitely the most social cat in here. His favorite toys are the wand toys that you can dangle in front of him,” she said.

Luckily, wand toys are at the top of a long list of things that Mercury enjoys.

“Apparently he loves eating cat grass. Like he eats it up,” Elerton said. Cat grass is a plant that is safe for cats to eat. Many cats have a natural urge to nibble at grass, so cat grass provides a safe way for this to happen.

In addition to cat grass, Mercury loves nibbling on treats.

“He goes crazy for treats. He’s a little ham,” she said.

Because Mercury can be vocal and energetic, he would do best in a household with older children who are able to match his energy. Future adopters should also know that Mercury would prefer to be the only cat in the household, as he does not like sharing the spotlight.

“He doesn’t really start fights with other cats,” Elerton said. “I wouldn’t say he has a temper but, because he has such a big personality, Mercury can be really dramatic. He certainly doesn’t mind letting other people or animals know when he’s had enough attention.”

Other than this, there are no restrictions or concerns about Mercury’s adoption. He is more than ready to have a house of his own to explore.

“A lot of people’s biggest concern when they’re looking for a cat is that it will tear up the house when they aren’t home. Mercury won’t do that. Although he is playful, he’s not destructive at all. He doesn’t even like the scratching post toys that we have,” she said.

“He’s such a pretty boy. He’s playful, he’ll love on you, and as long as you love cats, you’ll love Mercury,” Elerton said.

If anyone in the Chestertown community, WC faculty and staff members, or even students with families are interested in rescuing this paw-some cat, please contact the Humane Society of Kent County at 410-778-3648 or by emailing

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