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Hi everyone. I'm pretty new to the forum, and thought it was about time to introduce my kitty. Her name is Zaya and she says thank you to everyone who's given me advice on how to best take care of her and help her stay flea-free :) She is a rescue kitty, about a year and a half old (that's what the vet at the rescue guessed). She was originally spotted living on the streets of L.A. and was pregnant. By the time animal control picked her up she had given birth to four kittens, one of whom was already dead. She got taken to the animal shelter along with the surviving kittens. There they were spotted by a rescue group volunteer. She was taken from the shelter, but by then she and the kittens had all gotten sick with a really bad cold (or flu?). After lots of care and medical help from the rescue, she got healthy, but, unfortunately the kittens were too young and too sick and all died. About the time the last kitten died, someone had dropped off a kitten at the rescue and it was given to her to see if she would nurse it. She did, and took care of the kitten as if he was her own. But it turned out that the kitten had a heart defect and couldn't be cured. He died soon too, but this time she wasn't too sad because she probably already felt that he was really sick and knew he was going to go. About two weeks later we (my boyfriend and I) adopted her from the rescue. Right now she is spoiled and happy in her new home. We have had her for about two-three months now and love her to pieces despite her cranky "independent" attitude. She can be really sweet and rubs on me and purrs in the morning sometimes, but only when she feels like it, and she also runs up mewoing to greet me when I come home from work. She is pretty cranky though and I'm still bummed about her biting (a lot.. and it hurts!). But at least she never uses her claws :D I love our little bitey monster! And I want to thank everyone again for sharing their cat-wisdom. :)
Btw, she is a polydactyl and has five toes on each paw, which I find super cute.






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She's lovely! Love her mittens!

I think it's wonderful that you adopted an adult. What a sad little life she had until you found each other.
 

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Thank you, Marie :) Yeah, we didn't think we were really "qualified" to handle a kitten. We're both at work for most of the day and kittens need way more attention and discipline.. Besides, I think adults have a harder time getting adopted, and, since we didn't really care about the age, we thought we should leave the kittens for others. :) Although sometimes I think even she is too young for us! She has so much energy and plays like a kitten.
 

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She has lovely markings, and her coloring is just so pretty. Poor little girl with her past history! Thank you for making her the spoiled princess that she deserves to be.
 

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Zaya is a real cutie! She's so lucky to have you....look at how her whole life changed for the better because of you. Congrats on adopting her.
 

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Thank you all so much for your kind replies!! You guys are too nice :) I won't tell Zaya everything you said about her though, or she'll get a big head :lol: I'm really glad I found this forum and very thankful for all the useful info and warm welcomes. I love looking at all the kitties on here too - they are all sooo adorable!! :luv
 

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Her sad story has a happy ending. She is a very, very pretty cat with super pattern and whooaaa what eyes she has! And those funny paws :luv
 

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Oh yes. She takes really good care of us. I don't know how much more "exfoliating" by cat tongue my face can take. Apparently we're the tastiest in the mornings :lol:
 

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...and whooaaa what eyes she has!
Yeah! I love that about her too. I can't even tell what color they are - sometimes they are totally green, and sometimes bright yellow. Thank you for the compliments. She loves them :) ..but I was thinking the same thing about your kitties! "Wow, such a nice pattern and pretty eyes!" lol! Normally, the bengals I've seen were on the smaller side and skinnier. Yours look like real leopards! :luv
 

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she is so pretty. her markings are awesome and her name too!

my sisters cat tends to bite a lot.. i feel your pain.. literally LOL
 
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