Day 10 is all about Bella and her daughter Rosie, from the Annex Cat Rescue!
Bella and Rosie are a sweet but shy bonded pair. They were colony cats for most of their lives, being cared for by some kind people who contacted ACR when Bella stopped coming to be fed and they realized she was very sick.
Wonderfully, both cats are in good health now and are absolutely thriving in their new lives indoors.
Bella (8 years old) is the more shy of the two but has comes leaps and bounds in the last 6 months in foster care. She now regularly accepts pets and snuggles and has started hanging out on top of the couch and bed much more often than she hides underneath them!
Bella does not like to be picked up and prefers to socialize with humans on her own terms. But if you give her time and space you will be so rewarded on the day she rolls over for "Belly time" and asks for chest and tummy scratches because she trusts you. Bella also LOVES food and knows the sound of someone licking a churu tube from across the house. She somehow always materializes when treats or a can of food is being opened. Bella gets along great with other cats and enjoys playing with her friends more than any toys. She is a fan of catnip however and will roll around and kick and chew cat nip toys if offered them once she is settled in.
Bella is FIV+ and has some gingivitis that causes her to drool a bit sometimes but she had a recent full dental work up (and one tooth removed) so is otherwise healthy! FIV is not a death sentence, in fact a cat can live a long happy life with it and without passing it onto other kitties. You can read more about FIV here: https://annexcatrescue.ca/educate/adopting-cat-fiv/.
Rosie (5 years old) is Bella's daughter, which might be hard to believe because she is almost twice her size! The people who were feeding Rosie most of her life described her as a "gentle giant" and that's absolutely true. Rosie is full of personality and love. Her foster parents affectionately call her "Rolo" because of how often she flops down and rolls onto her back for snuggles and belly rubs. Rosie loves playing with toys and other cats. She will run laps and frolic in the wee hours of the night but prefers to spend her mornings in bed snuggling with her foster parents.
Rosie had a bad eye when she was rescued that was growing excessive scar tissue and affecting her vision and overall quality of life. ACR spent months treating with various medicated drops and even a surgery to try and save the eye but it was ultimately removed and Rosie is 100% happier for it. She loves watching cat TV, playing with her kitty friends and "rolling" through life.
Likely because of needing so much treatment and care from humans, Rosie is more comfortable around them than Bella and she has no issues being picked up or carried around and even purrs and falls asleep on her foster mom's chest sometimes when getting cuddles.
Rosie and Bella would love a home with or without other cats where they can be given some time to decompress with adopters who understand it may take a few months to get to fully see the amazing personalities of these two girls shine. They would like a home that promises lots of treats and, eventually, snuggles with a spot by a window for them to call home!
Look for more info about Bella and Rosie on their ACR page...and if you're right for this kitty, you can find adoption procedure info, too!
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Regan is a certified Canine Massage Therapist (CCMT), has certification in First Aid and CPR for Pets, and some beginner training in Herbal Remedies and Aromatherapy for personal use.