Loving, Motivated, Sociable
Meet sweet Rosie! Rosie is a true stunner and a rare combination of both Manx and female orange tabby (only about 20% of orange tabbies are female!). She has the cutest face and several adorable behaviors, such as laying with her feet stretched out behind her.
But what makes Rosie one of the coolest of all cats is her uber-affectionate, sweet and spunky personality! This gal is a total lap cat and loves nothing more than for you to hold her, scratch her back, and love on her while she rubs her face on your cheeks. She's a purr-machine and seems to have no limit to how much she wants to be pet and loved on. Her foster mama's favorite Rosie routine is when she sleeps right next to her, on top of her head, or under the covers with her at night. She gets so excited when you come home from work, too, and will even sit on your chest, purring lovingly.
It's doubtful that Rosie has met a single being she hasn't loved with her whole heart -- she enthusiastically adores everyone she meets, be it people or other cats. Upon first meeting a resident adult cat in her foster home, she hopped right up to him, danced around his feet begging for affection, and rubbed her face against his, just to say, "Hi, nice to meetcha!!" We're 100% confident that she would love humans of all ages (her human companions would ideally be home often to give her plenty of affection, though) and would benefit from at least one feline friend in her new home. Introduce her to a nice dog, and we're pretty sure that would go equally as well. Of course she gets along wonderfully with anyone and everyone -- she's got that sunny, cheerful nature that she shows all the time!
Rosie is super adaptable, well-behaved, and has been to a variety of cat events out in public, where she has always been such a polite and positive presence! She has no problem entertaining herself, will play with you if you bring out toys, and enjoys running around with other cats, but her go-to activities are definitely sleeping and snuggling. She's gentle and sweet when she plays with others, and she's happy to chill out for a while afterwards. She's super vocal and is not afraid to express her emotions -- she'll yowl for food and whine if she gets irritated -- but her meows are too cute to be annoying, and she's generally a very calm kitty.
Manx cats are known for having no tail or a shortened tail, and Rosie is known as a "rumpie," which means that she has no tail at all - and she has a super cute rump! These genetics gave Rosie a funny walk, as the spinal malformation caused nerve damage, but she gets around just fine. She bunny-hops like a pro, can run faster than you'd think, and dashes up and down any cat tree without hesitation. And since she's a young cat, her mobility and function are likely to continue improving as she gets older.
Rosie also has Manx Syndrome, a term for a set of physical issues that are common in Manx cats; in Rosie's case, she has incontinence issues. This means she requires some extra medical care, which may include a regulated diet, meds, and manual expression. "Manual expression" is a fancy way of saying, "gently press on her bladder to help her go pee." It's pretty simple, and Rosie is super easy and good with it -- even purring throughout! She's on medications that make it easier for her to keep her bowel movements regular, and she's already made huge strides in the short time she's been at APA! -- we're confident that her progress will continue. In recent months, she's begun producing urine and stool on her own, and she diligently attempts to use the litter box every time, which is very encouraging. For the time being, her litter box habits will need to be tracked, her bladder expressed (a super quick and easy process once you get the hang of it!), and oral medication given daily, but she doesn't need to wear a diaper and hasn't been leaking between expressions or trips to the litter box. Her foster mama considers her a perfect "starter" incontinent kitty, as it's actually super manageable to learn to take care of her needs!
Incontinent cats are frequently overlooked because potential adopters assume the worst - that the cat's urinary or fecal incontinence is out-of-control, and they will never have a clean house again. But not all incontinent cats are created equal, and there are many different levels of care; some require very little special care! And in every other way, Rosie is "normal" - fun, loving, and a great companion! Contact APA! for information on how to care for Rosie.
So don't overlook Rosie! She is SO affectionate, gentle, funny, happy, charming, and sweet. She's the most special gal and would thrive in any loving home with people who understand her medical needs and are cool with giving her the TLC she needs and so deserves. There's an old proverb, "No rose without a thorn," but we don't think that applies to Rosie, because we don't consider any of her special care thorny. Instead, we think Rosie embraces the "Take time to smell the roses" proverb because she enjoys each day to its fullest, inspiring us all to do the same.
All APA! cats are fully vetted, spayed or neutered, and have updated vaccines and a microchip. Lifetime support is offered by our Cat Behavior Team.
For further information or to meet our sweet little Rosie, please email [email protected]