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looking to adopt kittens in the bay area

post #1 of 32
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Hi all, most of you know my situation.
I recently (early December) lost two of my babies to suspected FIP.

I have just started looking for a couple more to adopt and was wondering if any of you had some leads for me!

I live in Napa, CA. Am willing to travel all over the bay area.
I want to ADOPT. But I also would ideally like a bengal, ocicat or egyptian mau breed (for their temperaments as well as their beauty).
I don't want to get them from a breeder only because I believe in adopting whenever possible. There are a lot of purebreds out there without homes too!
I would also like babies, preferably under 6 months and two bonded or littermate kitties.
o! I'd also like to stress that they needn't be PUREbred. just looking for those breeds' traits.

There is a local purebred rescue but they don't have any available right now, they may soon but I was wondering if anyone around here knows of any other places I might look? Maybe someone here has kittens that need homes?
post #2 of 32
Have you searched through www.petfinder.com ? You key in your zip code and put some characteristics of what you are looking for and it will return a list of available cats in your area. These are all rescue cats/kittens.
post #3 of 32
Out of the 3 breeds you mention, your best bet would be a rescue Bengal group. There are VERY few Oci's or Mau's out there that need to be rescued. You'd have to go to a breeder of those - some may have retired breeders/show cats looking for a good home.

Beware of Petfinders and their idea of these breeds. I've checked out a few so called "oci's or mau's" and they are FAR from looking like the breed.
post #4 of 32
I have 2 sisters but they are plain moggies - they are black & white, born Oct. some time. I am sure that you could find kittens in the hillside counties, though - esp. amador, calaveras, etc. - those areas are in the Dark Ages when it comes to neutering, and the shelters are often a fright as well.... It wouldn't be such a long drive from the Bay area, either, and you would really be helping out some truly desperate kitties!! Sending prayers and vibes for a great success in your search
post #5 of 32
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thanks everyone and yea you're right about petfinder...

I've looked and their idea is sometimes shifty but I've also found some beauties on there as well.
Biggest problem has been that most of them are not nearby me.

I hadn't thought of calaveras county but I might check that out as I have the rest of this week off...

oh! and the only bengal rescue around here is purebred plus and I've already got an application in with them
post #6 of 32
I got my Kitten from the Bay Area in Nov. She was born Aug 29th. I also got my Russian Blue Mix from the Bay Area a year ago. I can check and see if there are any here in Modesto if it isnt to far for you. I will be going to Santa Rosa,Petaluma and maybe Sonoma tomorrow. This is a place in my area. http://network.bestfriends.org/acg/news/21998.html I can check the East Bay too if you want me too.
post #7 of 32
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no I don't think Modesto is too far...
thanks for the link.

I actually was just berated by some anonymous jerk on craigslist with a "will distruct" message.
I have an ad up really similar to this one after spending HOURS every day for the last week and a half filling out applications, emailing, calling and just generally looking for the right babies to ADOPT (not buy).
he/she left me a nasty message about how LAZY I have to be to put up an ad like that since there are so many kittens that need homes.



some people don't get it. Sure there are a lot of kittens that need homes, am I a bad person because I'd like to choose the kittens I share my home with?

bah, mean stupid person put me in a bad mood. He also flagged my ad and had it removed on a technicality (guess it was in the wrong spot)
post #8 of 32
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Originally Posted by saya View Post
Sure there are a lot of kittens that need homes, am I a bad person because I'd like to choose the kittens I share my home with?
I don't think you're a bad person at all.

How can anyone who wants to give an animal a good, happy life be a bad person?

The fact of the matter is, as much as we'd like to, we can't save them all. Not even close. It's completely understandable that you and all other adopters have certain traits and characteristics in mind when choosing a companion. Why wouldn't you? At the risk of sounding cold and clinical, supply greatly exceeds demand. And adoption is for life, which --- fingers crossed --- means many, many years together. It's an investment of time, money and emotions, so of course you'd want to be completely comfortable with all aspects of the process --- from the facility to the cat itself.

There's nothing wrong with being choosy. You don't owe anyone, particularly some anonymous idiot on CL, an apology or an explanation.

By the way, it's nice to read that you're trying your best to move on a little after what happened to Chloe and Berach.
post #9 of 32
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thanks...

honestly I would adopt every kitty I saw if I could! It's awful having to leave them there.
I'm trying to be strict with myself and patient because honestly I can only be an attentive mommy to a few kitties, I've always wanted bengals and if I adopt some other breeds, while I'll still love them to pieces, I'm still gonna want those bengals!
post #10 of 32
Would you be OK with just the temperament, rather than the look of the breed? Surely there are active, crazy alpha-kittens that look like moggies but think like Bengals--my Baby Girl has to be one of them; she acts like a siamesey, bengalish kitty: High energy, high intelligence, very social, very vocal, totally crazy. You should see her in midair, chasing after a toy; or yelling at me for dinner; or using her quick paws to get in and out of anything... she's a plain little tabby kitty, and she has such a personality it's amazing! With older kittens, the personality should have come out--you want a smart, active kitten who's a little crazy, right? Well, maybe you can find somebody like that, who's just got the personality but not the breed. Meet enough kittens and you're sure to find them eventually.
post #11 of 32
The people on Craigslist are terrible. My kitten I got in Nov my brother put on Craigslist and got real strange people calling. I said dont worry I am taking her and my Sisters Bf took her brother. My Sister bought a Car today in Petaluma from Craigslist. we got lucky the guy was nice. We went to Santa Rosa after that to my brothers House. I will check some other places out here too and see if i see any of the breeds you want. All my Cats came from the Bay Area. It seems everytime we go to the Bay Area its to get a Pet or we have to do something. Its never for fun.
post #12 of 32
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Originally Posted by Callista View Post
Would you be OK with just the temperament, rather than the look of the breed? Surely there are active, crazy alpha-kittens that look like moggies but think like Bengals--my Baby Girl has to be one of them; she acts like a siamesey, bengalish kitty: High energy, high intelligence, very social, very vocal, totally crazy. You should see her in midair, chasing after a toy; or yelling at me for dinner; or using her quick paws to get in and out of anything... she's a plain little tabby kitty, and she has such a personality it's amazing! With older kittens, the personality should have come out--you want a smart, active kitten who's a little crazy, right? Well, maybe you can find somebody like that, who's just got the personality but not the breed. Meet enough kittens and you're sure to find them eventually.
absolutely, I mean sure, I'd love beautiful snow or marbled bengals but really I want the temperament. I'm very social with my cats, take them out on harnesses, I even take them to coffee with me!
Berach and Chloe were very good on their harnesses and were pretty good when we'd go out but I noticed with Chloe sometimes she was a little timid about being out. more social kitties would tolerate it better or even enjoy it as much as I do, and that's what I'm hoping for...
post #13 of 32
I wil keep looking for you. I am also looking in the East Bay for you.
post #14 of 32
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thank you!

I finally heard back from Purebed Plus Rescue and it sounds as if they've accepted my application, just doesn't sound like they have kitties for me yet.

!!
post #15 of 32
I hope you get one. We want to maybe get one in July. I really love those breeds. I just hope its nothing like my Russian Blue Mix brat Cat.
post #16 of 32
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Originally Posted by saya View Post
thank you!

I finally heard back from Purebed Plus Rescue and it sounds as if they've accepted my application, just doesn't sound like they have kitties for me yet.

!!
Good Luck vibes I hope they find the perfect babies for you soon
post #17 of 32
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Originally Posted by mews2much View Post
I hope you get one. We want to maybe get one in July. I really love those breeds. I just hope its nothing like my Russian Blue Mix brat Cat.
from what I understand the personalities are much different from that of a russian blue (from the ones I've met)

I talked to one of the fosterers today and she told me that she should have a bengal pair for me soon! about 7 mo's old. I have to talk to another fosterer about them but it's looking good so far.
she told me a little about the kittens and they sound just purrrfect! little growlers, wild things she calls them!

and the adoption fee is only $175 per bengal! holy cow...
post #18 of 32
I am glad you might get one soon. Expensive but worth it.
post #19 of 32
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I get to meet the bengal kittens this weekend!
they won't be available for a few more weeks but...

I'm so excited.
post #20 of 32
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Originally Posted by saya View Post
I get to meet the bengal kittens this weekend!
they won't be available for a few more weeks but...

I'm so excited.
I am so THRILLED that you get to meet them today....Please, please, please tell the fosterers to let you take pics!! (and tell them about TCS )We WANT PICS!
As for your wanting Bengals - well, that's no different than looking for personality matchs on EHarmony or Match.com
I once met a trucker in Lancaster,CA PetSmart who was stocking up on clumping litter for his Bengal. He & his brother have 6 kitties, but only the Bengal goes on the long-distance hauls. He said that the Bengal LOVES it!! And when the man brings out his travel kit, the Bengal will fetch its leash BTW, I invited the man to share with us at TCS, but he said he doesn't have a computer, that they scare him & he's too old to learn I hope that he changes his mind!!!
Back to your situation, though - I will check later tonight & see how it went
post #21 of 32
What City did you find the Kittens in?
post #22 of 32
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the rescue headquarters are in vacaville, the foster homes are all over the east bay.
post #23 of 32
I have been to Vacaville alot of times. I hope you get a good Cat.
post #24 of 32
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I still have not heard back from her!

I know she's busy I would've figured if she wanted me to meet the kittens this weekend she would've called or emailed me this weekend...
I don't have her number or she would probably hate me by now
so impatient...

I supposed there's a slight possibility that she could've meant next weekend but I don't really know how.



... me no likey waiting

that she calls me to meet them today
post #25 of 32
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garr!!

she meant this coming weekend... I'm getting the message loud and clear that these people have they're hands way full.

everyone I've talked to seems to just have way too much going on...

at any rate, as long as she emails me back the info I'll get to meet them THIS weekend
post #26 of 32
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ok great. now I feel like I'm gonna cry...

this is the email I got from her today...

"My one concern is that (name of fosterer) said something about your wanting to leash train the cats? That's most likely not something I would want for these babies. The only cat I know that would enjoy going places out in public would be Rio. She even goes for walks with us. We can talk more about it, and you can explain what it is you are expecting from your cats and then we can decide if your situation would be right for the Bengal kittens."

they only adopt out on indoor only contracts, which I understand, but they don't even want me to lead train them? I am very worried that because of this now they won't adopt to me
I emailed her back, I lead trained 3 cats now without incident. I really hope this doesn't end badly.

I'm so bummed.
post #27 of 32
I hope everything goes well with those bengal kitties if you are able to get one. I was very lucky to get a pure breed maine coon at a shelter. I hope that they let you love one of those bengals
post #28 of 32
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that was a close one.
I emailed her back and assuaged her fears, (I think)

she emailed me back and said,
"Oh, that makes me feel lots better. I was very
concerned. Most cats are territorial and panick when
they are removed from their personal space. My blue
male would love to go anywhere with you. The little
girl might not be quite as excited about it, but since
they are Bengals, you just never know."

hopefully everything's on the up and up now...
post #29 of 32
I hope you get the Cat
post #30 of 32
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