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New family/cuddle buddies needed for PrettyGirl

My name is PrettyGirl & I’m looking for a new family. My family can’t keep me anymore so I’m living with my cat sitter while she helps me find my new family. My dream would be to live indoor-only with a homebody who is retired or who works from home & wants a kitty sitting on or next to them all day & night. I’m the best work-from-home supervisor you could ever want! Do you know someone who would like me to join their family?

My foster mom made a video of me so you can see my personality before meeting me. (Look through my online photo album & YouTube playlist if you want to see more.)

I’m around 8 years old, very affectionate, & hide from strangers. My former family & my foster mom say I win the award for the World’s Most Perfect Cat. I’m an expert cuddler: I’m not annoyingly clingy; I’m just really affectionate. I’ll join you when I know you’re settling in for a long nap or video binge session. I’ll skip over for a quick snuggle when you’re just sitting for brief break. I’m quick to learn house rules & I’m never naughty. I like playing with laser pointers, peacock feathers, & plastic easter eggs. I get along well with other cats. (But if they like to cuddle with their people, they might feel left out cuz I want so much lap time.)

20210221_112654-sizedMy new home must be calm, quiet, & stress-free. I’m extremely sensitive to people’s moods & when I pick up on their stress, my organs get inflamed. When my urinary tract gets inflamed, I can develop a urinary tract infection. That only happened once, when my person was very anxious.

I hide from strangers, and will probably even hide from my new family until I’m assured that they’re safe & won’t hurt me. How will I know? My techinque is to wait until they’re sound asleep, then I can come sniff them. By the second or third night, they’ll wake up to find me laying next to them. That will mean that we’re friends. It might take me another few days to fully trust them when they’re awake. But it all begins when I sniff them while they’re asleep. Until I fully trust them, it’s important that they understand I need to make the first move. So at first, I might rubbing my face against their hands but I’ll get nervous if they use their hands to rub my face. After I trust people fully, I don’t mind being approached & even being woken up with a kiss. In my foster home, I have selected a couple beds where I sleep when I do not want to be approached. (Like when I sense that somebody is upset.) It’s important that people respect these boundaries.

I’m spayed & my vet says I’m quite healthy.

  • I’m negative for feline leukemia & FIV.
  • I have a lumpy bump on my tail that doesn’t bother me so I haven’t had surgery. But it would be fine to remove it if you want to. My Dr says “It’s either a benign skin cancer or a skin cyst. It should be regularly kept clean and monitored; and removed if it starts growing rapidly, changing appearance, or becoming bothersome. Keep a photo diary to show vet every 6-12 months.” A photo diary is a great idea! Every inch of me is pretty, you know.
  • I only control about 2-3 inches of my tail, near the base of the tail. When I’m happy, I still “raise” my tail, but it doesn’t go as high as typical. Instead, my tail wiggles like a ponytail. My tail feels like it either broke in several spots or I was born with it bent a little bit in several places. It doesn’t bother me, doesn’t affect my balance, and doesn’t stop me from jumping.
  • When I sense that my loved ones are stressed or upset, I develop bladder/urinary tract inflammation, as described above. (That’s why I need a calm, stable family & serene home.) To reduce the odds of inflammation happening again, I must eat high quality wet food. (My favorite is Wellness pate – anything except beef.) I love dry kibble & dry treats, so my foster mom gives uses dry kibble as treats. Dr Vanessa Rabito at Banfield is my vet & I hope she remains my primary care doctor. She is the best local doctor for cats with urinary issues – one of her own kitties has urinary issues so she has geeked out on lots of remedies. Another local vet who would be a very good match for me is Dr Kim Martin at the Holistic Veterinary Center / Hawks Prairie Vet Hospital. She has a better understanding of how stress impacts health than most DVMs.

When I come to my new home, I’ll bring some of my favorite canned food, special kibble (which we call “treats”), & supplements that reduce my anxiety. If it’s ok with my new family, I can bring a handful of other things too. Like:

  • A pop-up tent that I hide in when I want to feel safe. (It folds flat for easy storage when I go through phases of not hanging out inside of it.)
  • Toys – I have some favorites that smell like my old home & my foster home.
  • Blanket – I’d like to bring one with me because smelling it might help me feel safe & loved before I know my new family is safe & loves me. (I like to hear that I’m being moved to new places because I’m so loved, not because I’m being discarded.)
  • Short kitty tower – I have a favorite (seen in my video) that’s about 3 feet tall. I love “hiding” in its tunnel. If my new family doesn’t want me to bring it, that’s ok. My relationship with them is more important than stuff.

If you want to meet me, contact my foster mom to arrange a meeting. However, I probably will hide the whole time so you might only get to see my glowing eyes. Please note:

  • We require face masks & social distancing even though my humans are fully vaccinated.
  • If you & I like each other, foster mama wants to visit your home to see if it’s a good place for me.
  • My new family must sign an adoption contract & pay a $50 adoption fee to help offset a wee bit of the money spent on my vet bills & supplies. (To be honest, this is really just to weed out people looking for free cats that they can turn around & sell to lab research companies.)

I hope to meet my new family soon. I’m sure they will read this post & realize that I am the cuddle-bug that they’ve been looking for. Te sooner they contact my foster mama, the sooner they can have me curled up next to (or on top of) them.


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