I met Jumper and Bella when I volunteered at the HCMT clinic this past weekend. While we do host a TNR/low-cost clinic every few weeks, the clinic also temporarily houses cats we’ve rescued when they first come in for assessment and who need treatment that fosters can’t provide at home. I was so taken with Jumper because she reminds me so much of Mewsette, and of course I’d love another housepanther named Bella.
They came from a hoarding situation in 2015 into one of the shelters we work with, and from there went to another shelter for a better chance at adoption. They were so nervous that they weren’t ready for adoption and were in danger of euthanasia, but those are the types of cats we take off the shelter’s hands to give the kitties a chance. Their Mindy, their long-time foster, says they are the sweetest cats ever, and they really were, playing and chasing mice in their cages. Mama Jumper is not only fluffy and round-faced like Mewsette, but she also gives great headbutts and rubs herself along everything in the vicinity, and then falls down to roll around.
Mindy isn’t sure but it’s really likely that Jumper and Bella are mother and daughter. Jumper is possibly the mother of many of the cats who came from that hoarding situation, and she and Bella are very close. Mindy described them as the eternal Mother and Kitten pair, Bella is petite and won’t get any bigger and Jumper still likes to groom and baby her.
They’re the last two left from the five that came out of the hoarding house that day. Mindy fostered them until just recently and even though they both have sweet dispositions and love people, Jumper has chronic tears, likely a herpes condition, and though she has no vision problems or pain she is at the clinic getting drops and medications to see if the tears can be controlled. Bella travels with Jumper, and though she was on her way to a Petsmart offsite adoption once, she develops nervous diarrhea under those conditions and it just doesn’t work for her.
The deserve a chance at adoption, so we hope the treatments work and they can manage to find someone who will love them forever.
Bella is pretty cute in the Christmas tree too. She’s a good girl and just finds a branch to sit on and hangs out, no knocking ornaments or anything.
They are really little angels, and I think there’s a home out there somewhere that would love to have two purrfect housepanthers. They will be available through Pittsburgh C.A.T.
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