I have not met Mishka, but she reminds me very much of my Bella, both in looks and temperament. Bella is sleek and graceful, with astonishing eyes. She is very playful, nearly always in the room I’m in or near it, curious about what I’m doing, and often invites me to pet her. Looks are free, as are all the lovely photos I can get. Bella also adores all the other cats in the house, spending time with some and cuddling with others, and she’s more than happy to play chase with anyone!
But even though Bella appears totally friendly and affectionate here in the photos you see, she sets the rules, and I work within those rules. An older feral kitten, Bella retains a touch of the distrust that often comes with that experience, and I want to keep the trust that I have because she and I worked very hard to get there. When she is ready for love she is all in, so I wait until she’s ready to be touched and enjoy every moment of the pets and belly rubs and tail wraps around my arm. I am grateful that this is daily, and often more than once each day. And at all other times I take photos.
Here is what Mishka’s foster has to say:
Meet Mishka. She is a sweet, affectionate three-year old girl who really loves attention, pets, and scratches. She is initially very shy but incredibly loving once she knows you. She’s also very playful and a great deal of fun!
Mishka is one of three sisters who were adopted from us as young kittens three years ago and have now come back to us. The loss of the only home they remember has been really tough on the sisters, and Mishka is still feeling very insecure. She really loves attention once she trusts you, but she will need an adopter who understands that she will need patience as she settles into her new home.
Mishka loves and trusts other cats and would best thrive with another friendly cat in her home. A cat who’ll be nice to her and help her settle in will definitely help bring Mishka out of her shell! She’s very gentle and would probably be fine with respectful and quieter older children who understand her need for settle in slowly.
If you’re looking for an entertaining, affectionate companion and are willing to be patient with a cat who’ll need time to adjust to a new home, then please apply to adopt this beautiful girl today! http://tinyurl.com/pghcatapp
And a back-to-school special on adoptions!
“Kids are heading back to school, and now that vacation season is over, it’s a great time to add the sweet cat or kitten to your home! In honor of school starting, we’ve discounted all adoption fees to $50 for each kitten or cat. All of our cats are spayed/neutered, dewormed, flea-treated, microchipped, and up-to-date on all age-appropriate vaccinations.”
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
Gifts featuring cats you know! Visit Portraits of Animals
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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Weekly schedule of features:
Sunday: Essays, Pet Loss, Poetry, The Artist’s Life Monday: Adoptable Cats, TNR & Shelters Tuesday: Rescue Stories Wednesday: Commissioned Portrait or Featured Artwork Thursday: New Merchandise Friday: Book Review, Health and Welfare, Advocacy Saturday: Your Backyard Wildlife Habitat, Living Green With Pets, Creating With Cats And sometimes, I just throw my hands in the air and have fun!
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