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Bea's Petfinder Write-Up

post #1 of 26
Thread Starter 
I'd welcome advice on what to put on Bea for petfinder.

This is what I currently have:

What can I say about “my girl�

Will she & I ever give up waiting for her furr-ever home? Never.

Is she an amazing cat? No doubt about it.

Bea is the victim of a declaw gone wrong. At 15 lbs & 5 years, she was re-declawed, probably one of the most painful things you can ever imagine to go through. There have been many bumps along the road….but I won’t give up on her. Not when she needed me the most.

I’d give anything in the world to keep this cat, I love her more than life itself. But the fact of the matter is she isn’t happy here. I would trade some of my own cats for her if I could ever adopt any of them out.

Bea is beautiful. She is a lap cat. She will stand in the sink for her monthly bath. She is good about being combed. She came to me harness & leash trained, so goes outside for walks. (As she is declawed, she must never be allowed outdoors alone) She LIVES for food.

When she wants attention, she paws my leg looking up with the best imitation face of Puss in Books from Shrek I’ve ever seen. Can almost bring me to tears, to think this kitty was a stray no one claimed…..that no one now wants.

Bea has been up for adoption since February of 2008. She is OK with most other cats, & is OK with dogs. She will require a special diet for life, but for what she gives back….it’s a small price to pay.

All these months, no one wants “my girlâ€. Could she Bea what your home is missing?

Someday, all I can hope for, is someone who has a true love to cats to see what I do in this girl.



I'm thinking I need to change the part about OK with cats to "gets along with some cats. She lives with a kitty who is like the Scarecrow from the Wizard of Oz (lacking a brain)."

I'm considering just writing something about her being "a lost cause. Her ideal home would be without any other animals. That she has some health issues that make her slightly more costly than the "average" cat. She's been bounced through several homes....we're waiting for the purr-fect furr-ever home."
post #2 of 26
I know of a almost perfect home for Bea...
post #3 of 26
I would take out this bit "I would trade some of my own cats for her if I could ever adopt any of them out."

Someone who doesn't know you may not know how to take that.
post #4 of 26
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Originally Posted by sarahp View Post
I would take out this bit "I would trade some of my own cats for her if I could ever adopt any of them out."

Someone who doesn't know you may not know how to take that.
I know what you meant but I agree with sara.
I also like the idea of explaining her special needs and I would say she can get along with other amiable cats.
She is such a beauty. I would make sure you have her best or cutest photo up.
post #5 of 26
Thread Starter 
When I explained her special needs, we were getting e-mails trashing the idea that we were placing a "dead cat", wanting to know why we would break someone's heart placing a cat who is on the brink of death, etc.
post #6 of 26
Thread Starter 
OK, so I wrote something up for her. She's basically a lost cause, I do not see her ever getting adopted. I have another home she *could* go to where she'd have her own room, but would she be happier there than here (there are other animals)? Probably not. I have someone else who said they'd take her maybe in a month, but I see that falling through. I do, in all honesty, wish I have never committed to fostering her.

"What's in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet."
-Shakespeare from Romeo & Juliet

Bea’s tale is a very long & complicated one. Much in her style, this girl could never go without a flare.

The tale of two stories – my life & hers – interwoven.

Bea was a stray shortly after Christmas. Unfortunately, something went wrong when she was declawed…and her claws were growing back in upwards, curling around. At 15 lbs, & 5-7 years, she was miserable, so it was decided the only option was to “re-declaw†her. To say it is probably one of the most painful things you can imagine, to me, describes what she must’ve gone through well.

Bea & I have had many bumps along the road. She has had a few health issues, which make her even less “desirable†or adoptable. To me – that’s OK. Her “issues†are what make her Bea, what make her Miss Bea-utiful. If you know this girl, you’d understand why she just strikes you as a “high maintenance†type of girl.

Bea will not be easily adoptable. Primary reason is her health issues, and I can understand people not wanting to take them on. Bea will require a diet of canned food only for the rest of her life. I (her foster mom) am willing to supply some when she is adopted, along with her favorite cat bed, litterboxes, and other such “Bea necessitiesâ€.

Bea’s ideal home is one where she would be an “only diva (cat)â€. I have a busy house, including big & small dogs. She does OK with the dogs, she will never be friends with them but allows them to exist in her realm. As for other kitties, that is a tough call. She lives with one other kitty that she does OK (not spectacular) with, and tolerates one other kitty as well. The kitty she lives with is a bit nutty. Bea doesn’t get along with every other cat in the house, but I can’t blame her for not liking some of them, as they do not like her either. She has her own room here, where she can go for some alone time when the other cats are bugging her.

Bea has the single best heartbreaker face. She will sit looking up at me, pawing my leg, with a face that can rival Puss in Boots from Shrek. She ADORES two things in life – staring out the window, sniffing the breeze through the screen and eating.

Remarkably, this girl is harness & leash trained. I take her outside for walks whenever she asks. Given that she is declawed, she must never be allowed outdoors off the harness & leash, unsupervised.

Since February, Bea & I have had many bumps along the road. Each one we’ve taken in stride, in hopes that someday the purr-fect home would come along. I don’t know that either of us will give up hope for that home.

Could this big girl Bea the one for you?
post #7 of 26
Wow, I like that one a lot more. It's honest without scaring people off, and very heartfelt. I was almost in tears reading it myself!

Go for it
post #8 of 26
Your care and love for Bea really shows in the second one.

Bea
post #9 of 26
This way whoever commits to her can't say they didn't know. I don't think a canned only diet is so much of a stretch. I feed mine cans or raw so maybe someone who feeds like me would be interested.

I think it is a great ad and if anyone calls with some ignorant thing to say then those people really need to get a new hobby.

For Bea and you.
post #10 of 26
Nat,

Personally I would try to rehome her as an "only cat". There is too much risk in placing her with another pet because she may or may not like them and then the person is stuck and would probably dump her. Its a safer chance to find the "only cat home".
post #11 of 26
Thread Starter 
I won't rule out a home with another cat - as there is one out there who keeps their kitty on the main floor. Kitty has arthritis so bad she can't climb the stairs. They're interested in adopting another cat, to live on the "upstairs" floor. I know, it sounds bad....but they spend all day with Kitty, and at night would sleep with the "upstairs cat". They're marginally/possibly considering Bea.
post #12 of 26
It's a good write-up, Nat. The most important thing is to be absolutely up front about anything that might be a deal breaker, without sounding negative about her -- and I think you have accomplished that. That your own love for her shines through will simply tell the prospective adopter that this girl is not a lost cause, and is worth the effort. The purr-fect home exists somewhere -- the only question is whether it's within the reach of that write-up. And if it isn't, well, life isn't always purr-fect, you know, and she has a loving, understanding home right now.
post #13 of 26
I like the second write-up. It definitely shows that Bea meeds to go to a home which is willing to give her the best care.

I'm wondering why you sound so negative about Bea, saying that she's a lost cause and that you don't see her ever getting adopted.

I'm pretty sure you're not the kind of person who will just give her to the first person who expresses interest, so my advice would be not to give her to the family who wants an "upstairs cat" just to sleep with. The way you describe Bea pawing at you for attention tells me that she appreciates having human company.

Many vibes and well-wishes that she and you will have a miracle come along.. Although from your post its lost on me why she would even need a miracle. An owner who is willing to feed a special needs diet and an only-cat family sounds easy enough to find, unless of course, there's more that I do not know of.

post #14 of 26
Nat did i read wrong a couple of weeks ago?. I thought you decided on keeping Bea?
post #15 of 26
Thread Starter 
Oh I decided to quit considering euthanizing her, & keep her here until she gets adopted....but I don't want to give up/adopt her, risking her only chance at real happiness. That & if I adopt her, I'm comitting myself to something that I really can't comitt to. I'm only 21, how much responsibility can I take on/guarantee that I can care for?

(Basically, no one in this backwoods rural stupid area will take a cat like Bea, so I've "unofficially" adopted her)

Does that make sense?
post #16 of 26
What it boils down to, I think, Nat, is that in the best of all possible worlds, there's a furrever home for her out there somewhere, that can and will take her needs seriously and not let her down. What you want for her is that home, and you will remain vigilant for it.

But you are enough of a realist to acknowledge that, while that home may exist, it's no good to her until you make contact with it, and in the meantime, her needs still must be met, and for a basically healthy (though in some ways problematic) cat, euthanasia is not an option.

So, bottom line is that you love her and are committed to her welfare, and until that ideal home surfaces, your home is much better than the alternatives, so there she stays. It may not be perfect, but in this, as in many other things, "half a loaf is better than none" -- and by that I do not mean that she is in any way disadvantaged by staying with you, just that it's not a purrfect situation.

As for her fan club here, we want only the best for her, which, until that miracle home identifies itself, we hope means that she stays where she has thrived and made such progress and is accepted on her own terms.

Ok, it's late and I'm blathering, so I'll shut up now.
post #17 of 26
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Does that make sense?
Yes it does So now we need someone who is dedicated enough not to give up on Bea
post #18 of 26
Thread Starter 
You made perfect sense Fran.

Now to find some sucker who will be purr-fect for her...
post #19 of 26
I agree with BabyWuKong about referring to Bea as a "lost cause" - that might sound too negative and unsympathetic. But the rest of the post is great!!! What are her health issues, anyway? When you refer to them vaguely, it sounds really scary, like maybe she's got an incontinence problem or something...
Sending vibes that Bea finds her happy, forever home...sounds like she might be good at being the "upstairs Cat"
post #20 of 26
Thread Starter 
She's in the early stages of renal failure. Basically, in 6 months she could be dead, or she could live for many years to come.
post #21 of 26
I must have missed where she was in the early stages of renal failure. Sweet Bea I hope she has many many wonderful years -- and if that's not to be, well, she's at least had these howevermanymonths/years, being loved and treated as well as she deserved -- that's no small thing. And she has you to thank for that, Nat.
post #22 of 26
Someone may come forward for her but it just may be a long term project.
post #23 of 26
Such a beautiful, special girl! You've done such a great job with her, you're an angel!

Oh, if only she didn't need a no cat house, I'd take her! She deserves everything!

that her perfect home comes along soon!
post #24 of 26
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Someone may come forward for her but it just may be a long term project.
I know. Not sure how "long term" I can keep her, but as long as I can afford her, she can stay. She goes through streaks of behavior issues due to (some of) my other cats - namely one blue eyed white girl named Ophelia Rose.

And that little heifer, she guilts me into feeling bad, makes me think she can't climb well....or walk well. If I leave a plate of pizza on the desk, when I come back, she's on the chair stuffing her face as fast as she can!
post #25 of 26
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I know. Not sure how "long term" I can keep her, but as long as I can afford her, she can stay. She goes through streaks of behavior issues due to (some of) my other cats - namely one blue eyed white girl named Ophelia Rose.

And that little heifer, she guilts me into feeling bad, makes me think she can't climb well....or walk well. If I leave a plate of pizza on the desk, when I come back, she's on the chair stuffing her face as fast as she can!
Pizza gives her super power.
post #26 of 26
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Pizza gives her super power.
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