Meet Motley Mia (she says "just call me Mia") she is a very special girl who is in need of an even more special home. She was one of 50 cats rescued from Quebec and brought to Toronto after Humane Society International rehabilitated them in an emergency shelter.
Mia was considered the most challenging cat of the entire group, because she is very unwilling to be handled. We don't know anything about her history, but for whatever reason, she will not let people touch her. We're confident this will slowly change with a lot of patience and TLC, but anyone adopting her should be prepared that it will take a lot of time.
Surprisingly, however, Mia is not shy in the traditional sense. She doesn't hide, she loves to play, and she will eat food off of her foster mom's fingers. She just likes to keep within a few feet of any hands that might reach for her. For this reason, we are sure that what Mia needs is to be a house cat, as she is perfectly happy to be one.
Mia loves to play with all kinds of toys, and enjoys catnip and feathery toys the most. She loves to rip them apart like they are real mice! Mia is a sun bather who will sit in your window at the perfect time in the afternoon. She has a very healthy appetite and will approach people for food and generally has relaxed body language around her people. We're confident that her next step in socialization will come in time.
The best thing about Mia is that she loves other cats. If you are looking for a companion for your cat, consider this girl! She loves to follow cats around and to cuddle and play with them. In fact, she loves her foster brother Dali and they would make a fantastic pair if you are looking for two cats, because he is very confident and takes the lead.
There's one more thing that you should know about Mia, and that is that she has FIV. Sadly, many people turn their backs to FIV cats because of misunderstandings about the virus, but Mia is hoping you'll overlook a blood test and love her forever.
FIV is a lentivirus, in the same class of virus as HIV. FIV typically causes a weakening of the cat's immune system, however most FIV cats can live normal, happy lives if provided with a healthy diet and regular veterinary care. FIV is also only contagious to other cats through deep bite wounds, so Mia would be happy to be adopted into a home with or without other cats. She is a healthy girl with a great coat and good appetite, so you'd hardly even guess came back positive!
Mia is finally ready for her furrever home, a new loving family with lots of patience, love and attention to give.
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