Already scared and confused by being taken from their home after their human was taken from them, this new situation was traumatizing for the two. Dinah was terrifed by the dogs and backed herself into a corner of the cage, sitting in the litter box with wide open eyes all day, only moving to curl up with Ella for comfort.
After a week or two of this, they were taken from the shelter by Frisky Whiskers Cat Rescue to their current foster situation. Because they were so sad, their foster dad renamed them after two blues singers (although Ella’s grey smudges also made her look like Cinderella and Dinah is Alice’s cat from the Wonderland stories, too). It took a week or so for Ella to come out from hiding, but when she did, she warmed up to pets and scratches (and treats!) very quickly. Dinah took about a week longer to trust their foster dad, only fully succumbing to his charms when he was playing with the laser dot with Ella. A couple of games of cat laser later, and she began seeking out physical affection. In fact, Dinah’s entire physical demeanor seemed to change overnight, and she actually looks like a completely different cat now.
Ella and Dinah have had a rough couple of months, but are getting better every day. What they want more than anything is a stable forever home and a loving human they can call theirs for the rest of their lives.
Ella (white and grey) is approximately 2 years old. Dinah (silver tabby) is approximately 4 years old. Both are spayed and test negative for FELV/FIV and are up to date on their vaccinations.
Ella is much more trusting of humans, but may take a day or two to come out of hiding. Dinah is a tougher nut to crack, but with patience will beg for scratches and laser games. When she finally comes out of her shell, Dinah will sometimes push Ella out of the way for affection or play time. They cuddle and nap with each other, chase each other, and wrestle together, so they are a bonded pair.
Ella and Dinah need to be adopted together, and we would prefer a foster-to-adopt arrangement, if possible. They would do best in a home with no dogs or small children, and not a lot of large groups of people coming and going. They get along well with other cats, especially non-territorial, non-aggressive cats - in fact, Dinah often lights up when she sees another cat in the room. If you have lots of windows to sit in and look at the world (and the birds) outside, they will love that. They will take a little more patience and adjustment time than the average cat, but when they bond with you, they are the sweetest pair you will hope to meet.
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