Read on for the heartwarming story of how a bullied cat found her way into the heart of our Customer Experience Manager.
Why did you choose your specific rescue and how long had you been thinking about adopting?
I have two Persian kitties… I just fell in love with the breed. Our older cat, Lily, came to us by way of a friend of a friend who couldn’t care for her any longer (Persians require a lot of brushing/special grooming attention/extra vet needs). After a few years, I wanted Lily to have a friend. I was uncomfortable getting a kitten from a breeder since so many cats need homes, so I joined a Persian rescue network on Facebook and kept an eye out for adoptable kittens. After a few months, Stella appeared at Francisvale Home for Smaller Animals, which is located in the Philly suburbs. She was only 9 months old at the time and it seemed like fate. I submitted an application and waited a few weeks… I think she was in high demand. But, the shelter wound up calling after checking our vet references and we were able to go in and meet her!
What is your cat’s name? How old is she?
Her name is Stella! That was her name at the shelter and we kept it. It seemed quite fitting for her. They called her “The Glamorous Stella.” She is 4 years old.
Tell us about meeting her. Was it love at first sight? What brought you together?
Oh it was absolutely love at first sight. Stella is very timid and was getting bullied by the other cats at the shelter, so she had her own walk-in cage. My husband and I went in to see her and she came right up to us and started rubbing against our legs and purring. I remember my husband looking at me and saying, “Well, I guess we have a second cat now.”
Any idea of the breed?
She’s a “Lilac-Point Persian.”
Her favorite toys?
She’s totally obsessed with her climbing tree and her catnip banana. She also likes a good feather on a stick. Stella is extremely tolerant of her 2.5 year-old human sister, who really likes to try and get her to play!
When she is getting ready to settle down, she kneads her paws and sticks out her tongue. At first I was nervous that something was wrong with her because she looked so ridiculous, but I consulted with our vet and it turns out that it’s totally normal, just very silly-looking.
Favorite activities to do together?
Stella loves to follow us around and act like a decoration. She’ll drape herself on the sofa or even sit in the center of the kitchen table like a centerpiece. The best thing about Stella, though, is that she is an incredible therapy animal. If I’m having a bad day, she will always come over and sit next to me or on my lap and purr. We’ve had a rough past year and I have no idea what I’d have done without her as my little companion!
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