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Cats for Adoption: Rodger Comes Inside

Rodger on top of the Jeep.
Rodger on top of the Jeep.

Rodger was living the life outdoors, strategically sunning himself on top of a very carefully chosen Jeep. He kept all his stripes in order and all his furs very clean, and used his very green eyes to mesmerize anyone who would look at him.

Really, you couldn’t miss the big guy up there on that Jeep, and the woman who owned the Jeep did not. She just happened to be a cat fostering human, so Rodger not only got to stay on top of the Jeep, but he got food and treats and love. And when a winter storm came and he made sure he looked as pitiful as he could in the middle of the driveway, she took the bait and scooped him up and took him inside. So now Rodger is looking for his own forever home.

Hello! My name is Rodger, and I am around 3 or 4 years old. I am a cuddly, playful, curious boy—and I’m just plain gorgeous! Like your cats on the majestic side? ‘cuz I’m a big, handsome, snuggly boy! I am a faithful companion and I love my safe, new life.

I showed up at my foster mama’s house last summer and decided to stay. I enjoyed sunning on top of her Jeep and eating all the little treats she would leave for me on her porch. Then one day this past winter, I was sitting in the middle of the driveway during a winter storm, and she came home and scooped me up and took me into the warm, cozy house. There, I made myself at home and showed her what a true gem I was.

The original cats who live in this house aren’t too happy about sharing their space with me and so I am living in the basement. 🙁 I would love a home of my own where my owner and I could mutually enjoy each other’s company.

Oh, one other thing. I also have something called FIV, but that has never slowed me down! Right now, I am a happy healthy boy, and would be so much happier in a forever home! So, if you’re looking for a handsome prince to be the kitty of your dreams, well, here I am!! You can apply for me here:

(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-. If you are interested in this amazing boy, an adoption counselor will be happy to discuss FIV in further detail with you.)

If there is a human out there that can give me this home, I would be happy to meet you. I love my foster family but I need my own human so I don’t have to share with other cats. While other kitties scare me, a big calm dog that doesn’t take up too much space on the bed is okay. I look forward to reviewing your application.

Rodger looking regal.
Rodger looking regal.

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

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 [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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7 thoughts on “Cats for Adoption: Rodger Comes Inside

  • Animalcouriers

    Good luck Rodger, you handsome, clever fellow!

  • da tabbies o trout towne

    doo…ya look sew much like R pal gleek; him was fiv + two, but ya noe what; him finded hiz for everz place N lived ther for yeerz N yeerz N yeerz N yeerz !!! heerz hopin ewe can due de same….best best fishez 🙂 ♥♥

    • Thanks, CK, he’s been lucky so far and just needs a little more!

  • Oh Rodger! You’ll find your furrever home soon, I just know it! You are so handsome, and I am bewitched by the white tip of your tailio.


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