My name is Delilah!

Domestic Shorthair Kitten for adoption in Merrifield, Virginia - Delilah
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Facts about Delilah

  • Breed: Domestic Shorthair
  • Color: Black & White Or Tuxedo
  • Age: Kitten
  • Sex: Female
  • ID#: Delilah
  • Hair: Short
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Important Note

Delilah is best friends with Valentine. Please adopt both of them so they can stay together!
Do you have a special place in your heart for some special needs kittens? If so, I’d like you to meet Valentine and Delilah.

They have a condition called Cerebellar Hypoplasia (CH)—more about that later. Otherwise, these kittens act like every other kitten you might meet…in fact, I’d say they are more playful and affectionate than most of the hundreds of other kittens that I have fostered. Their sweet disposition and cuddly temperaments make them irresistible.

The kittens love to play with feathers and toys, they love to climb, they love to sit in laps and take naps, they love to play in shoes and to get rough and tumble with each other. They have been in my home as foster kittens, with their mother, since they were about one week old, and have been affectionate and loving since day 1. They are extremely oriented toward human contact and want to be petted, played with and cuddled all the time. My whole family is in love with them.

Valentine and Delilah were born about the middle of April. From an early age they started showing signs of CH. Cerebellar Hypoplasia is a non-progressive, non-contagious neurological condition that results in walking and balance problems. Most often it happens when a pregnant cat is exposed to the distemper vaccine or virus. A kitten born with “CH” has a portion of her cerebellum that is underdeveloped; the part of the brain that controls fine motor skills and coordination. CH cats are known for their “drunken sailor” walk.

The severity of a kitten’s CH can vary greatly — even among litter mates. While some cats may only have a slightly impacted gait, others may have significant trouble getting around. It’s important to remember that the cat isn’t sick, weak or hurt; she’s simply uncoordinated.

Delilah has a very mild case of CH, while Valentine’s CH is moderate. By herself, you might not notice that Delilah has CH at all….she would probably seem just a little clumsy. Valentine, though, has noticeable head tremors when she is trying to focus (for example, when eating and drinking) and she falls down a lot. Sometimes she falls down when she has just used the litter box, so she needs a little help getting cleaned up. However, both girls have excellent litter box habits.
It is important to know that their CH will not get worse over time…in fact, in some cases, the symptoms can improve as the kittens gain muscle memory. If you want to learn more about CH, here is an excellent website:

Valentine and Delilah will make wonderful pets for the right person or family. They are close playmates and need to be adopted together.

They have tested negative for FIV and FeLV, have been spayed, and are current on vaccines that are appropriate for their age. They have also been micro chipped.

About 4Paws Rescue Team, Inc.

About Our Rescue Group...

The 4Paws Rescue Team is a nonprofit community-based all volunteer organization that takes in neglected, abandoned, abused and unwanted cats and kittens. Cats rescued by 4Paws receive vaccines and appropriate veterinary care before being adopted into permanent, loving homes. An animal rescued by 4Paws will never be euthanized except out of medical necessity.

Additionally, 4Paws is dedicated to supporting the management of populations and improving the health of feral cat colonies. 4Paws volunteers also hold seminars in local schools to teach children the importance of responsible pet care.

4Paws is a qualified public charity under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. All contributions are fully tax deductible as allowed by law. A copy of our FY2005 annual report may be viewed by clicking here.

The 4Paws Rescue Team participates in the Combined Federal Campaign and Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign. Federal Government workers can contribute to 4Paws through payroll deductions by designating #34517. Virginia State Employees may contribute through their payroll by designating #3472.

Come Meet Our Pets...

Adoption fairs are held once or twice a month at various PETCO stores in Northern Virginia. The adoption fairs are usually held on Saturday’s from 1:00 to 5:00. Between 30 and 60 cats and kittens are shown for adoption at each fair—with the larger fairs generally occurring April through October.

While they are waiting to find permanent loving homes, our cats temporarily live in foster homes. The foster families bring the cats and kittens to the adoption fairs to be seen by potential adopters. Applicants have the opportunity to handle the cats and in some cases, meet the foster parents who can provide additional insight into a cat’s habits and personality.

Our Adoption Process...

At the adoption fairs, if you meet a kitten or cat that you want to adopt, you will be asked to complete an application and contract and leave a check for the adoption fee ($120 for an adult or $145 for un-neutered kitten of which $50 is a deposit that is refunded after you provide 4Paws proof of sterilization). We ask that you pay the adoption fee up front at the fairs in order to “put a hold” on the cat until your application is processed. If your application is not approved, your check is returned to you.

Neither cats nor kittens are sent to their new homes on the day of the fair. It usually takes 4-5 days to process the application before the cat can go to his or her adoptive home. Pre-approval is an option, though. To accelerate the adoption process, you can fax a completed application and contract to us at 703-560-9795 a few days before the fair. Adoption Applications are available on this website.