Adopting Belle & Her Kittens

Belle and her four kittens are looking for forever homes.

Welcome to an overview of Belle and her kittens.  We are hoping you may be interested in adopting one or more of them or even helping us find a good home for them!

THE ADOPTION PROCESS

  1. Review this page
  2. Complete the Pre-Adoption Questionnaire.  You can download from this page, request the form using the contact form on this page, or email info@prioritypetservices.com
  3. Submit the Pre-Adoption Questionnaire along with contact information for two references by emailing the completed form to info@prioritypetservices.com
  4. You can visit the family by scheduling an appointment with Jonann Wild at 202-669-6977 or emailing info@prioritypetservices.com
  5. The family members will be available to relocate on or after November 15th, 2017.  Their Snips ‘N Chips are November 14th.  Recovery will influence the release date.

As a DC pet sitter, many of my clients ask me to feed feral cats who visit their homes for regular meals.  Over the past couple of years, a very pretty Tortie regularly visited a house for snacks and affection.  When she first started visiting, Foster Mom Rosalind said she had a bell on a string around her neck.  Rosalind removed the string, so she wouldn’t choke and dubbed her Belle.

We believe Belle is probably less than three years old. She has had at least three litters in the last 15 months.  The first two kittens were spayed or neutered and adopted.  This Summer, she gave birth, and the kittens never came to visit.  We later found out they were probably picked up by the Washington Humane Animal Alliance. The next time we saw her, she was pregnant again.  We found her four kittens when they are just short of one week old.  Foster Mom Rosalind brought them onto her enclosed porch, and Belle followed.  They are currently about eleven weeks old and ready to find their forever homes.

This is when they were approaching one week and their first night on the porch.

 

BELLE

Belle is a sweet and loving cat who enjoys pets, scritches, and being brushed.

This 8.5-pound, bundle of love will be a wonderful addition to your home.  This gorgeous Tortie is a giant love bug who begins purring as soon as you touch her.  She would be perfect for a single adoption or with one or more of her kittens.

We believe she is under three years old since she was quite petite when she first showed up for snacks and love.  Belle is litter trained. She has been a wonderful Mama.  It has been so much fun to watch her playing with her kittens.  She is enjoying being brushed and will guide your hand to where she wants to be stroked.

As with many Tortoiseshell cats, Belle will keep you on your toes with her tortitude. However, her devotion and affection will be a wonderful gift to her new pet parent(s).

We are not sure how she will react to other dogs or cats since she has needed to protect her food sources for the babies.  She has been quite adept at chasing the other animals away.  If you have other pets in the home, we recommend having a very specific plan on how to introduce them to each other.  We are currently constructing a page with video tips and articles to help you.

BEA

Bea was the tiniest and the last to learn how to crawl onto furniture. She had a great ground game, however, this allowed her to interact even more with her siblings. There was much cheering.

This lovely little house panther is the baby of the family. Miss Bea was the tiniest til the kittens figured out solid food.  She is now the same size as the other females.  She is bright and affectionate.  One of her favorite activities is to sit in your lap and play with any buttons or fringe.

She loves to climb to the top of the 57″ cat tower and nap.  Bea races around playing with her brother and sisters.  She also is very curious about what is happening in the house and races over to try to enter when the door opens.

We call her Sweet Pea due to her loving personality.  She is black with a white spot on her chest.  Her chest area is covered with single silver hairs which glisten in the sun.

She would be perfect in a single adoption, with one or more of her siblings or with her Mama.

We are not sure how she will react to other dogs or cats since she has only been around her Mama and siblings. If you have other pets in the home, we recommend having a very specific plan on how to introduce them to each other.  We are currently constructing a page with video tips and articles to help you.

BUTTERBALL

Butterball is always helpful when I visit. He loves to watch what I am doing and also take snuggle breaks.

Butterball is the only male in the group.  This adorable roly-poly feline is currently the largest kitten weighing in at 3.1 pounds.  He is very affectionate and friendly.  This gorgeous buff tabby loves his pets and also loves to play.  We call him our cover cat since he seems to know when the camera is out.  He is one of the first to do things including the first to climb the cat tower.  Butterball loves to walk on the backs of iron wrought chairs like a tightrope!

This purrrfect host usually is at the door to greet us when we arrive.

He would be perfect in a single adoption, with one or more of his siblings or Mama.

We are not sure how he will react to other dogs or cats since he has only been around his Mama and siblings. If you have other pets in the home, we recommend having a very specific plan on how to introduce them to each other.  We are currently constructing a page with video tips and articles to help you.

LEAH

Leah loves to spend time with her Mom and her siblings. Here she is showing us one of her new grooming skills.

This lovely little grey and black tabby has very interesting and distinct markings.  She is front and center to receive pets in the morning.  Leah loves to crawl between the blankets on the couch and create a warm little nest as the days get colder.

She is frequently right behind Butterball walking the wrought iron tops of the chairs.  Leah is curious and is getting more loving daily.

She would be perfect in a single adoption, with one or more of her siblings or with her Mama.

We are not sure how she will react to other dogs or cats since she has only been around her Mama and siblings. If you have other pets in the home, we recommend having a very specific plan on how to introduce them to each other.  We are currently constructing a page with video tips and articles to help you.

WOLFIE

Leah loves baskets and is so sweet looking. She also is a dilute Tortie so will keep you on your toes!

Our gorgeous little dilute Tortie is filled with personality and tortitude.  Her photos don’t always do her coloring justice.  There is orange fur infused in her markings.

She is our most shy kitty but is taking more chances with people.  She loves to stir the pot to get a game of chase going.  Wolfie can be a bit of a drama queen when we pick her up but will settle into some nice pets.

She would be perfect with one or more of her siblings or with her Mama.  If you are thinking a single adoption, you will need to plan to take time to help her socialize with you.  We are currently constructing a page with video tips and articles to help you.

We are not sure how she will react to other dogs or cats since she has only been around her Mama and siblings. If you have other pets in the home, we recommend having a very specific plan on how to introduce them to each other.  We are currently constructing a page with video tips and articles to help you.

One night, I was visiting and couldn’t find the kittens on the porch. They had relocated!

THEIR HEALTH HISTORY

Dr. Flo Mitchell, a concierge vet, came to their home and provided their first vet visit.  They are healthy, and we didn’t experience a hiss nor did a single claw appear.

SNIPS ‘N CHIPS will be happening on November 14th.  We will be loading them up and traveling to SPAY NOW in Laurel, MD.  Their ear will not be tipped. However, the females will have a small tattoo placed near the spay incision in case they are separated from you.

When they are adopted, they will have been spayed or neutered, chipped, FeLV/FIV Feline Combo Test, rabies vaccination, FVCRP (feline distemper vaccination), and a single deworming.

Their new pet parents will receive copies of their health care history and any special instructions.

FOOD

Dry food

The kittens and Belle are free feedings on Royal Canin Mother and Babycat Dry Food.

Wet food

The family has been eating wet food twice daily.  They are eating Friskies Pate and loving it.  Wet food helps contribute to water intake.  It also can reduce health issues.  The kittens turned up their nose on Royal Canin Kitten and Nursing Mother Pate.

The best-wet food would be grain free.

If you change food, do it in stages to make the transition easier.

Please remember, don’t give your cats or kittens milk to drink. Once a kitten is prepared to eat solid food, the body’s ability to fully process milk declines sharply. One of the consequences of them drinking milk is diarrhea and possible dehydration!

Water

The family is current drinking filtered water and not DC tap water.  They have been very good about drinking water.

LITTER

Belle and the kittens are litter trained!

They have been using an open litter tray so we are unsure how they would react to a covered litter box.  Please remember to be aware of the height of the box for the kittens, so it is easy for them to gain access.

Since kittens love to eat anything they consider might be a tasty snack, they may eat the litter.  Clumping litter can be consumed and form a lump in the gut which will require surgery.  We have been using a recycled paper litter which has been great.  We have been buying 25 lb bags for (insert name of the brand).

Check out our Pinterest page Get The Scoop on Litter for litter box ideas and hacks that I have discovered as a DC cat sitter.  Also, check out our litter page for video tips.

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