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Cats for Adoption: Bella Supports Bella!

No, MY Bella is not up for adoption, but another seven-year-old housepanther Bella from Pittsburgh CAT! 2014 was a big year for cats to be named Bella. I saw this girl up for adoption and knew that Bella would agree we needed to help her find a new forever home!

Bella came back to Pittsburgh CAT for adoption, oddly enough, for her sibling’s behavioral reaction to her visit to the veterinarian. It’s called “non-recognition aggression” and it’s actually more common than I ever thought. Cats function largely on scent to identify each other, and their own selves in their territory. Cats always come back from the vet smelling different, from medical supplies to other people to other pets. Most of the time it’s no big deal, there’s enough of the cat’s scent still there that they identify each other and eventually they are back to normal. But for cats that are especially sensitive to this a cat that comes back from the vet smelling different is a completely different cat as far as the other cat is concerned. And they’re not necessarily always rescues cats who’ve had some trauma, it’s really odd, but some cats rely almost entirely on scent for identification. Her human patiently took time to try everything her veterinarian and an animal behaviorist suggested, in a very small apartment where total separation was difficult. I talked with her too, and she described everything she was doing and sent photos too. Here’s an article on the behavior.

Here is all about Bella:

  • Sweet, playful, snuggly girl
  • Best in a calm home, likes other cats

Meet Sweet Bella! This darling 7-year old girl is looking for a new place to call home. She enjoys being petted and is still playful. She doesn’t love being carried, but she loves to curl up and snuggle with you!

Bella was adopted as a kitten with her sibling and everything was fine until a year or so ago. One day Bella went to the vet for a regular check up, but when she returned home, everything changed. Poor Bella had done nothing wrong, but her sibling began attacking her. Bella’s mum has done everything possible (multiple vet visits, consulting a behaviorist, all the things imaginable), but they cannot live together any longer. She is about 7 years old and all up to date on her shots. She would do best in a more calm home. She would be ok with a cat friend, or on her own. Bella has not lived with dogs and would do best in a home without dogs. If you’re looking for a nice companion who gets along with other cats, please consider Bella!

You can also see Bella on Pittsburgh C.A.T.’s Facebook page and Petfinder page.

As always, all Pittsburgh C.A.T. cats are spayed or neutered, vaccinations up to date, microchipped, wormed, flea treated and healthy, no matter what they encountered while trying to survive outside. If you are interested, please apply!

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 kittens 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 [email protected]. 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 ([email protected]) 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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2 thoughts on “Cats for Adoption: Bella Supports Bella!

  • 15andmeowing

    Bella is beautiful. I hope she gets a forever home soon. How sad that she is being rehomed for that reason. I would just keep the siblings in different areas of the home.

    • Ellen, her human tried everything that was suggested and even looked up other things. I talked with her a couple of times, and the brother cat seemed like a really uptight kind of a cat, got upset and hid when she painted the bedroom, for instance, and has some overgrooming issues. It’s just too bad because they were so close.


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