Phone number: 925-597-7405
Pet’s Location: In my home in Antioch, CA 94509
Pet’s Species: Cat
Pet’s Name: Mia
Pet’s Breed: Domestic Short Hair, Tabby with white feet and white bib.
Pet’s Color: Black and Brown classic tabby markings
Pet’s Weight/Size 12 lbs.
Pet’s Age: 1 year
Pet’s Sex: Female
About the animal:
This kitty is a young female cat who will be devoted to her guardian for life. She likes to play, is well-behaved, enjoys sitting in your lap, is highly intelligent, and uses her litter box without any problems. She has large, beautiful light green eyes. I believe she is at least one year old, but under two years old. Her name is Mia. I sometimes call her “Mama Mia” because she had a litter of 5 kittens in my home this past Spring.
Mia didn’t start out as my pet. In January of this year, she showed up in my front yard wanting some attention and a little food. I was feeding 2 feral Tomcats at the time, and leaving food out often attracts other cats in the neighborhood. She looked well-fed, and was not skittish or feral, so I assumed she had an owner. She came by my house about twice a week. Then in mid-February I noticed that Mia was bulging quite a bit on both sides of her body. I knew then that she was pregnant. I took a photo of her and circulated a flyer in my neighborhood asking if anyone knew who this cat belonged to. No luck. I posted Found ads on a few lost and found websites. I decided that I would let her in my home as it got closer to the birth of the kittens, where she could have the kittens safely in an extra room. This is so the kittens could get socialized to humans which would make them get adopted more easily. Mia’s kittens were born on April 14, 2023.
After the kittens were weaned and on solid food, I had Mia spayed at my own veterinarian’s clinic on June 5, 2023. At that time, she had her tests and required vaccinations. I asked my vet to scan her to see if she had microchip ID, but there was no chip.
I actually had planned to keep caring for Mia, as she is a great cat. I already have 3 of my own cats. I noticed even before Mia got pregnant that she was territorial. Most cats are territorial so I didn’t worry about it. But Mia, if let outside, actually looks for my cats and any neighborhood cats, and then she stalks them, quickly running towards them, chasing them up fences, and attacking. Unfortunately, she is just as determined to attack my cats inside my home – which means they always have to be separated with closed doors in different rooms. However, my understanding is that severe aggression towards other cats can be corrected, with patience on the human caregiver’s part. Mia would do very well in a home with a cat-loving and cat-savvy person who currently does not have any other cats. She really enjoys looking out windows, and she would benefit greatly if she had access to a screened-in porch, or a “catio”.
At present, I am working with Mia to help her get more relaxed in the presence of other cats. My vet has prescribed a drug called Fluoxetine (which is Prozac). It is very affordable. Additionally, I have been using some “calming” botanical essences which can be ordered on Jackson Galaxy’s website – he is a cat expert. I also play with Mia daily with ping pong balls, felt catnip mice, and fishing wand toys. She loves this and it distracts her from wanting to seek out other cats. I am training her to walk with a leash and harness – so she can get some fresh air outside, but not take off and chase other cats.