Candy has come a long way since she was rescued. You can see she has an eartip, showing she was part of a TNR project at one time and she came in as an adult, and pretty skittish. But like others, she showed signs of being friendly, so she ended up with a foster instead of being returned. Her foster gave her time and space to find herself as part of a home with a human, other cats, and even visitors. Over time she began to accept affection, then return it, then seek it out, and she let herself get to know her foster’s home, room by room. Then she began greeting other humans and crashing other foster cats’ adoption meet and greets! Some kitties take time, but the time is all worth it.
Here is what her foster has to say:
Meet Candy (because she’s “as sweet as”)! Candy is a friendly, affectionate, social girl, about 6-7 years old. She can usually be found snoozing next to her foster mama on the couch, keeping her company while she watches TV or reads. At night she snuggles down at the foot of the bed, and while she doesn’t wake her foster mom up, she will take advantage of wakeful periods to ask for some chin scratches and pets please! Candy has a playful side, too, and will bat a mouse toy around or chase a ball. She’s pretty spry for a middle-aged gal!
Candy is living with lots of other cats and does just fine with all of them, but she would probably do just fine as an only cat, too. She just wants someone to love on her a lot, please! Candy tolerates being held, but at some point she had injuries to her ribs and sternum (now fully healed!) and being held actually hurt her, so she is understandably wary and would prefer to not be squished, please. As a result, Candy would probably prefer a home with adults and older children who can respect her boundaries, even though Candy does seem to like visiting kids a lot!
Candy is up-to-date on all of her vaccinations and has tested negative for FIV/FeLV. However, she does seem prone to minor bouts of sneezing and congestion. While she doesn’t require any medication or special treatment at this time, it is something a potential adopter should be aware of. An adoption counselor or her foster mom would be more than happy to discuss in detail or answer any questions you may have.
Candy has happily greeted tons of people who’ve come over to adopt other cats in her foster home, but now she would like to find a forever family of her own. If that’s you, apply today! http://tinyurl.com/pghcatapp
Adopting from Pittsburgh C.A.T.
All Pittsburgh C.A.T. adoptions begin with our application. After it’s reviewed you’ll be contacted about meeting your cat or kitten. All cats have been fostered in homes and are healthy, spayed or neutered, up to date on vaccines.
Also look for more adoptable cats on Pittsburgh C.A.T.’s Petfinder page.
Help Pittsburgh C.A.T. with kitten season!
You know that Pittsburgh C.A.T. is the rescue I volunteer with, but even when I’m rescuing cats and kittens for others they still provide support to me in the form of traps and transport, fostering, food, kitten formula, and low-cost clinic and surgery appointments. I couldn’t help anyone without their support. Rescuing adult cats to foster and adopt to a forever home can be expensive depending on their condition, but rescuing kittens is always expensive because they need complete vetting, often they are orphaned and need formula and bottle feeding for weeks, they often develop illnesses or conditions specific to young kittens and they eat A LOT. We don’t adopt kitten out until they are spayed and neutered and have all age-appropriate vaccines, so we make a substantial investment in their future.
Here’s what you can do:
- Donate Amazon gift cards to Pburghcat@gmail.com. Because our cats are fostered in homes all around the Pittsburgh area, gift cards enable us to send supplies directly to fosters!
- You can also buy supplies through our Amazon wishlist
- Or donate cash through Paypal (Pburghcat@gmail.com) or Venmo (Pittsburghcat).
Can’t adopt? Foster! Can’t foster? Donate or volunteer.
There are so many ways you can help cats who need homes and care. You may not have room to adopt another cat, but can foster a cat or kitten for a few weeks. If not that, you can volunteer at a shelter or with a rescue, or donate. You do this because you love your cat, and by doing so you help all cats. No matter which of these actions you take, you help to save a life, and make life better for all cats.
- Adopt one of the cats I’ve posted here, or from any shelter or rescue near you, or from Petfinder, to open up a space for another cat to be rescued and fostered.
- Offer to foster cats or kittens for a shelter or rescue near you.
- Volunteer at a shelter or rescue.
- Find a group of volunteers who work with homeless cats and help them with their efforts.
- Donate to a shelter or rescue near you.
If you can foster kittens or adults cats to help prepare them for a forever home, please run to your nearest shelter and find a cat who needs you! Anyone can help with this effort at any level, even if all you do is donate to a shelter or rescue so they can help to pay for the food or medications needed for their foster, or the spay/neuter/veterinary care during a clinic.
Need to know more? Read Fostering for Your Shelter and Fostering Saves Lives
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Great Rescues Day Book:
Portraits, Rescue Stories, Holidays and Events, Essential Feline Information, All in One Book
Each month features one of my commissioned portraits of a feline or felines and their rescue story along with a kitty quote on the left page, and on the right page the month name with enough lines for all possible dates, with standard holidays and animal-themed observances and events. Great Rescues also includes a mini cat-care book illustrated with my drawings including information on finding strays or orphaned kittens, adopting for the first time or caring for a geriatric cat, a list of household toxins and toxic plants, or helping stray and feral cats and beginning with TNR.
Each book includes also 10 sheets of my “22 Cats” decorative notepaper with a collage of all the portraits in black and white so you can make your own notes or write special notes to friends.
The portraits in this book, collected as a series, won both a Certificate of Excellence and a Muse Medallion in the 2011 Cat Writers’ Association Annual Communication Contest, as well as the 22 Cats Notepaper mentioned below.
All images and text used on this site are copyrighted to Bernadette E. Kazmarski unless otherwise noted and may not be used without my written permission, although links to your site are more than welcome and are shared. Please ask if you are interested in using and image or story in a print or internet publication. If you are interested in purchasing a print of an image or a product including it, check my animal and nature website Portraits of Animals to see if I have it available already. If you don’t find it there, visit Ordering Custom Artwork for more information on a custom greeting card, print or other item.
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