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2019, Adopted

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About Bailey

Born ~2017, M, Black Persian

November update:  A few months ago, when I first posted his story, Bailey was adopted right away. He loved his new mom and she him, but her other cat did not accept him in “her home.” Having both together just didn’t work out and she decided her first kitty really wanted to be the princess, the only cat in her home. She regretfully returned Bailey and wishes for him a happy loving home. He is a great kitty.
This poor little guy is hard luck’s child. He did not have an easy start in his life. My guess is someone had a Persian pet who she bred. Perhaps when she encountered the high costs of spay / neutering her kittens she took him to a shelter or clinic where ferals are fixed for free. A requirement of that service is that they are ear tipped. You can see the tip of his left ear has been cut.

Bailey, as we called him, is the sweetest boy and was affectionate from day one. I got him from a shelter where their rescue coordinator called me knowing I loved Persians. Bailey was “at risk” because he was so very low energy. He would walk a couple steps and lie down. He slept and slept. What could be wrong with him. His heart? Kidney failure? Some rare disease? I worried. We parted the hair on his back and saw a huge amount of “flea dirt” which is another name for flea poop. “Aha” I said “I bet he is just anemic from the loss of blood from zillions of flea bites”. He went right to the vet and had a blood test. It confirmed he was very, very anemic, a hair’s breath from transfusion level. Yikes!

We started to tip toe around him. We put out the word that no one was to play with him or let him walk about or exercise at all. When we found a live flea on him we gave him another flea med that was ok to give with the one the shelter gave him. We gave him Drontal for tapeworms which come from eaten fleas. We gave him Doxycycline to vanquish the Mycoplasma bacteria that also enter the body from eaten fleas. Mycoplasma bacteria cause the body to mistakenly recycle perfectly good red blood cells. We gave him iron and folic acid to build up his blood. We gave him vitamin B12. We gave him good food and love.The only exercise he got was purring.

Then we sat back and waited.

The tapeworms, the fleas and the Mycoplasma bacteria all reduce the numbers of red blood cells. Poor guy. We could see he was a little better by day three. He improved constantly in the past month and is back to normal. We now let him play and explore, which he loves,and he runs and runs. This is a good-natured cat who doesn’t mind being picked up, or medicated or fussed with. He is a doll face Persian ( old style) which means his nose is lower than his eyes. He is lucky in this since he it means he has unimpaired breathing.

Bailey is a boy who clearly needs a human to love him up and pamper him constantly. I think it will surprise him because I don’t think he has had that very much. Persians are so vulnerable, more than many other breeds they just really need love from their humans. Where is the family who will make him sooo happy. He will take a little while to adjust to such love. Has he lived in a chaotic home where no one treated him as though he was important? I am guessing he has been inside outside though we found no leaves or dirt on him so I may be wrong.

Now that Bailey is no longer anemic he seems to be a very healthy young guy. He has combo tested negative for Feline Immunological Virus and Feline Leukemia. I think he would be fine with friendly kitties. I have no idea how he is with dogs. He could be around children as long as they were old enough to know the relationship with him, at least for a while, is especially about making him feel safe and happy.

Some family will be so lucky to have the joy of loving this little boy and he will be so loving and grateful.

Bailey eats wet and dry food and is litterbox perfect.

His foster mom is Harriet in Santa Cruz.

If you are interested in this kitty you can contact Harriet by email at Please include at least your name, location, the name of this kitty and phone contact info. Harriet will get back to you as soon as she can. It you are seriously interested in this kitty it s a good idea to fill out an adoption application. If you are unable to reach Harriet , email us at

NOTE: We prefer families with children bring them to the adoption appointment. Why? This allows interaction between the children and the cat. This helps ensure they will be a good fit for each other. A mismatch between a child and a cat is not in anyone’s best interest!