If you received today’s newsletter, you learned about our brand new barn cat, Bella. As promised, here are a few (!) of the photos I’ve taken since she arrived.
This was her photo from the shelter. Yes, it came in the Large Economy size — which is pretty amusing when you realize that Bella is far from Large. I haven’t taken the trouble to check, but I’m pretty sure she weighs in under 10 pounds. She is smaller than Annie by far.
Her colors are a bit muted due to lack of a lot of fur. I’m hoping that once she gets settled and the skin condition is under control, her fur will be less muted and fluffy.
A snuggle cat, Bella loves being warm and cozy.
As I mentioned in the newsletter, I’m thinking a lot of the issues with skin and fur are stress related. If Bella is upset or unsettled, she chews her fur. This situation has eased off quite a bit, but every once in a while something happens to upset her.
A work in progress, you know. 🙂
When she gets especially happy, the toes on her back feet curl.Tidbit we discovered by accident. 🙂
If you are considering a new cat or dog, please check your local shelter. There are lots of animals that would love a good home. Most won’t have issues like Bella’s – they just want a family of their own.
Also, and this is a big issue for me, please consider an older animal. Many, many times these animals have lost their humans due to issues that were not their fault. Some lost their humans due to death, while others couldn’t not stay with their humans for other reasons. Bella’s former family had to move and couldn’t take her with them.
In many cases, an older animal has learned their house manners, so training shouldn’t be so intense. They also have developed their own personalities. Kittens, puppies and young animals can be wonderful additions to a home, but please don’t overlook the adult or senior animals.
And, if you are inclined, don’t forget to check out the Special Needs animals. These guys really need human champions to care for them. They can be loving companions just like the other cats and dogs who are looking for new homes.
My hope is to share Bella’s journey here. I’m going to let that unfold and see where it leads.
In the meantime – Thanks for checking in and don’t forget to say HI! to our brand new barncat!