Mia

Status/Details
1 to 5 Years, Abyssinian, Available, Domestic
Additional Info

Adoption Fee $75

About This Cat

Born ~2014, F, Abyssinian Mix DSH

This kitty has a very striking face, a face with an interesting wild look. One ear is a bit crumpled most likely from untreated ear mites as a kitten and it seems to add to her look. She is the sweetest cat. I don’t think she has had an easy start to her life.

She was surrendered to a shelter along with five kittens 4 – three months old and 1- 5 five month old. Someone was breeding or letting breeding happen and had at least two breeding queens since she could not produce two litters so close together. Purebreds took them all into foster. I also have one of the kittens, Grayson, who really looks just like her (the similarity is so beautiful. I had hoped they would want to stay together and could go home together but I doubted it. Mother Nature wants to clear the decks for the next litter so when kittens are weaned most often their moms want nothing more to do with them. Nothing! This was true here and we separated them right away.

Mia’s sparkling white feet and bib are not an Aby trait and show that she is a mix. She has the Aby face and ears and sort of a ticked coat so she is a beautiful mix. In her personality you can feel she has had a hard unsettled time with her past humans. I expect there were a great many cats around. She loves attention and probably did not get enough of it. I doubt she was pampered and focused on. No one was really taking good care of her or her ears, for example. So she is very grateful for love from humans. She needs a home where her family will make it up to her for the lack of care she has received. She will blossom.

Mia also has tested positive for FIV, feline immunological disease. She undoubtedly got it from a bite wound while mating was taking place. When a cat is given a “combo test” she is tested for Feline Leukemia (FeLV) and FIV. The Leukemia is a serious diagnosis. As more research comes in on FIV it is now, in many circles, being viewed as not so serious at all. It is a much weaker virus than human HIV and not transmittable to humans or dogs. Over time it can weaken the immune system. The newest long term study from Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine found that FIV+ cats typically can live as long as non FIV cats and they do not infect their kitty housemates: http://www.catster.com/lifestyle/cat-health-vet-study-fiv-positive-cats-living-together  I constantly foster FIV cats and find that after folks study up on the internet they come to adopt them and usually, actually, to live in houses with their other cats. Only the deep bites of very serious fighting can transmit this virus. Another good source of FIV info is from an organization called catwork:  http://www.fivcats.com/sanctuary/catwork_introduction.html

A FIV+ cat needs exactly what any cat needs- to be kept safe inside, fed high quality food, to be given tons of love and to receive good vet care. All this is done to keep them happy and their immune system strong. This is a diagnosis you know about. Life gives no guarantees you could just as easily adopt a cat with more serious problems like heart disease or a propensity towards kidney troubles. It is just that FIV is easy to test and you can know about it. Estimates are that 3- 4 % of the cats in the US have FIV and almost none of their owners know about it. So if this FIV issue worries you read up on it. You will find disagreement on the web. My sense is that we are in transition as the old kill-the -cat -immediately idea is falling away as studies show a newer understanding.  And yes, Mia would probably have been put down at the shelter if Purebreds had not taken her. Sutter, a fabulous cat,  who is going to a great home next weekend ,was almost put down as a matter of course, by the shelter he was in when the combo test I asked for showed he was FIV+.  The email said he was positive and “of course you won’t want him and they would put him down for you“. Yikes!  I flew to the phone.

One other thing: The mommy hormones mother cats have also cause them to be very unfriendly to other cats. Post pregnant kitty mothers are also still very unfriendly to other cats. All other cats. This is true of Mia now but it may not be true of her in six months. However since we don’t know whether she will get over her dislike of cats we need to adopt her as an only cat now. I don’t know how she is with dogs. She would probably love a fairly quiet stable home. Not too much family noise. Older gentle children would be better than toddlers.

Mia is initially shy with a new human. Once she knows you she loves your attention. I haven’t had her long and she is still a bit jumpy at loud noises. Despite her affectionate nature she is also not comfortable being held up in the air. She wiggles. She has clearly had a hard time: poor overall care, no focus of love on her, possibly multiple liters in her short life, being left at a shelter. Nothing has really gone right for her. And still she is so very sweet and loving. Someone will find this one of a kind girl to be a great companion and how much fun it will be to watch her get to be the happy young active girl she was meant to be. She is very appealing.

She eats wet and dry food and is litter box perfect.

Her foster mom is Harriet in Santa Cruz.

Contact Harriet at (831) 336-2983 or toharrietjane@comcast.net if you have questions, or send an Adoption Application. If you are unable to reach Harriet by phone or email, email us at Info@purebredsplus.org.