Recently, we had the honor of meeting Bella the Cat via our 24/7 emergency service. Bella’s human companions noticed that Bella was using the litter box more frequently than usual, and then they saw blood in Bella’s urine. After doing some research, they found out those are possible signs of a UTI (urinary tract infection) and wanted to get their kitty seen as soon as possible by a veterinarian. After being treated by one of our emergency veterinarians, Dr. Elyse Hammer, Bella is again well and happy! Read more about Bella’s story here, as told by Isabella, one of her guardians:
Bella and her sister Bubo were adopted on Valentine’s Day 2009 at the SPCA in San Francisco. My husband and I at the time were really just looking to adopt one cat. We first spotted Bella, and were drawn by her cute face and pretty little white paws. Soon we noticed another cat in her room, a spotted tortoiseshell cat we later named Bubo. They both eventually crawled on my husband’s lap and stole our hearts. Since they are a bonded pair, we decided to adopt both of them.
sisters bubo and bella
They were about 1 year old at the time. Within a week, they became comfortable with their new home and started to show signs of their individual personalities. Bella in particular loves to eat, she loves any and every treat you give her, while her sister is a picky eater. Bubo is very affectionate to everybody, even to strangers, while Bella takes a while to warm up to people. Though once she does, she can be so trusting and demands cuddle time when she wants it.
Bella eventually learned the habit of burrowing in any clothing I’m wearing when she sits on my lap.
The girls love to play and sleep together. Sometimes Bella plays a bit more aggressively then Bubo, earning her the nickname “Land Shark” as she is very stealthy but powerful, and she is also grey on top with a white belly. Bella and Bubo both love their cat tree, all the cardboard boxes they can get, paper or plastic bags, and my slanket. Some of Bella’s favorite cat toys are the bird and those furry mice. Once in a while if she is in the right mood she will try to play fetch with me.
Both girls had genetically bad teeth, so a couple months after we adopted them and multiple vet visits, it was decided the best option was to remove their infected teeth. Bella kept all her feline teeth and most of the back teeth, though all her tiny front teeth were removed … causing her to stick her tongue out every now and then when she is really relaxed or smittened. They still obey reluctantly when it’s time to brush their teeth.
My husband and I really love our girls. They are our fluffy bundles of joy, and nothing lightens my day up more than seeing their cute faces.
Such sweet kitties! Thanks for sharing with us, Isabella.
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