I’m already overly fond of dilute calico and tortoiseshell cats, and then you add the long fluffy tresses, deluxe ear tufts and big plushy mittens and boots and I’m done for. Fiona has it all! Fiona is two years old, and just six months ago was somehow living with a colony, but her caretaker found she was not a feral kitty by any means. She’s been in foster and waiting for her forever home since then. She’s a little shy but warms up as she gets to know her people, craves affection, is passive and peaceful around other cats and has met a well-mannered dog accepted that too.
When she was living on the street she picked up feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) which is not highly infectious and reduces their immunity over a period of years; many cats with FIV on a good diet and regular veterinary visits are asymptomatic and live into their teens. More on that below.
And because she’s been waiting this long for a home, she’s in Pittsbugh C.A.T.’s “A Home for the Holidays” adoption program and her fee is only $50! Here is what Fiona’s foster says of her:
Meet Fiona (aka FiFi). Fiona is a beautiful long-haired dilute tortoiseshell — just check out those ear tufts! She’s about two years old and has been waiting for her forever home for more than 5 months now. This pretty girl came into foster care when her colony caretaker discovered that she was friendly. Fiona is a petite little adorable love bug! She’s affectionate and loves to be petted (although she does not like to be held much). She’s really good when she gets her claws clipped, but she’d rather lay or sit right by your side for love. She is shy and will take a few weeks to warm up to you, but when she does she’ll greet you every time you are near, plop down beside you and wait for belly rubs. She just loves belly rubs! She does well with children and is excellent with other cats. She’s passive and playful around her foster brother and sisters. She’s not a fan of sudden movements or sounds, like doors slamming or vacuums, but really, who is? She’s met a well-mannered dog and didn’t run away or hiss. She’s more curious than anything, so she may be okay with a gentle dog who doesn’t chase or bother her much, with proper introduction.
Because she lived on the streets for a bit, she ended up getting FIV (that’s feline immunodeficiency virus, in case you didn’t know). So now she has a slightly weaker immune system. All that means for you is that she needs some extra love and care, such as keeping up with yearly vet exams and watching to make sure she doesn’t pick up any infections. By looking at her now though, you’d never even know! She’s as healthy as can be and full of energy to play and love you!
Fifi would love to find her forever home where she can be comfortable and loved. Could that be yours? Apply for her today! http://tinyurl.com/pghcatapp
P.S. Fiona has been waiting for her forever home for five months now, and she’d really love to be home for the holidays. To help her find her loving home, her adoption fee has been reduced to $50! Remember she’s spayed, microchipped, dewormed, flea-treated, and up-to-date on all of her vaccinations!
Most FIV+ cats do not show symptoms and have a normal life expectancy, although they can be prone to secondary infections. FIV cats can live happily in a stable household with other kitties both FIV+ and FIV-. This Cornell University Feline Health Center article describes the condition and reports that FIV-positive and negative cats in a stable group can live together without infection, and there is no risk of transmission to other pets or humans. A Pittsburgh C.A.T. adoption counselor will be glad to discuss any of your questions about FIV.
Take me “Home for the Holidays” for a discounted adoption fee!
Fiona has been waiting for her forever home for more than six months, and he’d really love to be home for the holidays. To help him find his loving home, his adoption fee is reduced to $50. Rodger is neutered, microchipped, dewormed, flea-treated, and up-to-date on all of his vaccinations! You can apply for him here: http://tinyurl.com/pghcatapp
You can also see Rodger on Pittsburgh C.A.T.’s Facebook page.
Cats for Adoption 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 and microchipped.
Also look for more adoptable cats on Pittsburgh C.A.T.’s Petfinder page.
Help Pittsburgh C.A.T. with kitten season—even in December!
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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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!