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New family/cuddle buddies needed for Pritti

My name is Pritti (formerly PrettyGirl) & I’m looking for a new family. My family can’t keep me anymore so I’m living with auntie Kari 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 most of the time. I’m the best work-from-home supervisor you could ever want! Do you know someone who would like me to join their family? (Please read the adoption requirements before contacting my foster auntie.)

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; 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 quickly learn house rules & I’m never naughty. I like playing with laser pointers, peacock feathers, & plastic easter eggs. I get along ok 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 bladder & urinary tract gets inflamed, I can develop a urinary tract infection. That has only happened once, when my person was extremely anxious. It has never happened at auntie Kari’s house, even when I was scared about being in a new place. But I never want it to happen again so Kari is following the vet’s advice to reduce the chances of it happening again: feeding me a nutritious wet-food diet & keeping my environment calm, serene, & relaxed.

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 technique 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’s my way of telling them that we’re friends. It might take another few days for me to fully trust them when they’re awake. Until I fully trust them, it’s important that they understand I need to make the first move. So at first, I might rub 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 pet or 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 stressed or 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 unique tail.
    • At the base is a lumpy bump that I’ve had for 6 years. It doesn’t bother me & hasn’t grown or changed shape so there’s no need for surgery. But it would be fine to remove it if you want to.
    • I can only control about 2-3 inches of my tail, near the base. When I’m happy, I still “raise” my tail, but it doesn’t go as high as most other cats. Instead, my tail sways & bounces like a ponytail when I walk, skip, run, or pounce. When you feel my tail, you’ll feel that 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, & 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.
    • This is why I need a calm, stable family & serene home.
    • Eating high quality wet food also keeps my urinary tract healthy & able to handle stress. (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.

Requirements for meeting and/or adopting Pritti
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, calm, serene environment.
  • 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. The sooner they contact my foster mama, the sooner they can have me curled up next to (or on top of) them, purring up a storm.

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