With input from our friends at the Community Cat Coalition, each week we will be featuring a cat that needs a loving home.
Tessera is named after the small pieces that make up a beautiful mosaic. True to her name, she is a pretty, mosaic patterned tortoiseshell with a complicated history.
She originally showed up at a rural home owned by a senior citizen. There, she was fed and given attention, but the woman didn’t have the resources to take her inside or get her spayed. So, she had babies and fended for herself outside.
Unfortunately, the woman was taken to an assisted care facility and Tessera and her babies were left behind. A good Samaritan put Tessera in a carrier and contacted Cat Tales Cat Rescue for help.
A Cat Tales volunteer took her in to be spayed, microchipped, vaccinated and treated for fleas and worms. She was also combo tested for Feline Leukemia and FIV.
The test showed she was free of Leukemia, but did carry the FIV virus. She will be retested in a month to see if she clears it.
Many people are afraid of adopting an FIV cat. As indoor cats, FIV cats are not exposed to diseases, fight abscesses and the other stresses of outdoor life. So, kept inside, FIV cats tend to live near-normal life spans. My friend’s FIV cat lived to 21 and none of her housemates contracted the virus.
FIV is not easily passed from cat to cat, and requires a deep bite or mating to transmit. As with humans and HIV, it is not passed by casual contact.
Tessera’s first two days at Cat Tales revealed a shy cat who flinched and tucked into a ball when you reached to pet her. At first, we thought she might be semi-feral, but after two days of kindness, she was purring, murmuring to us with a quiet voice, and begging to be petted.
So, she is NOT a semi-feral cat, but rather a cat that has learned that some humans can’t be trusted. Not surprising for a cat who has been abandoned at least twice.
In her foster home, Tessera is quiet and easy to care for. She loves to be petted, but doesn’t demand it. Rather, she waits for it to happen and is delighted when it does!
During the day, she likes to perch on a tall cat tree or to find a covered space to rest. She would be a great cat for a senior citizen or single person who wants a cat who is okay left alone during the day.
There is no adoption fee for Tessera and she has a life-time return guarantee. Consider taking her on a foster-to-adopt basis.
She will need to be an indoor only cat and would like a home that serves canned food. Yep, she’s a foodie, but isn’t picky about the brand in her foster home. Her favorite treat is roasted chicken.
If you have space in your home and heart for our beautiful Tessera, please email CatTalesWa@gmail.com.
About the Community Cat Coalition:
The Community Cat Coalition (CCC) was formed in November 2011 when a few people realized that if rescue groups, shelters, and independent rescuers work together, we can make a positive change in the lives of our community cats.
The CCC is an all volunteer organization . All funds go toward the efforts of TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return) – paying for spay/neuters, vaccines, medical care for injured/sick free roaming cats, or the costs of fostering the kittens who are removed from the sites.
Our goal is to educate interested people in our area so there is a common understanding of what a community cat is (they may be feral, semi-feral, or abandoned/stray tame cats – any free roaming cat) and how to care for them.
The community cats belong to no one person – they belong to all of us. This concept is taking hold worldwide, and we CAN make a difference right here, in our communities.
We provide classes in basic TNR, (Trap-Neuter-Return) open to the public and all shelters/rescues. We give people the tools to do TNR safely and effectively, and we also simply involve them in the care of the community cats.
We also offer classes on related topics, such as care of bottle babies, taming feral kittens, and how to do a barn relocation. All classes are free.
We are excited to be in the middle of this movement - TNR and care of the community cats is a worldwide phenomena and is rapidly gaining in popularity.