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Happy Tail: Ella

Ella was part of a cat colony near a restaurant. One of the employees, with good intentions, started feeding a lot of the local cats. The cats began breeding at a fast pace and the small group of cats quickly turned into a large unmanaged colony. Annex Cat Rescue did a Trap-Neuter-Release program for some of the adult cats and brought the sociable cats and kittens into their care to adopt them out to loving homes.

Ella was found with her mother and a younger sibling, so her rescuer originally named her Aunty. Ella’s mom and younger sibling went to another foster home together and Ella went to go live with Rabia who volunteers her home as an assessment home for Annex Cat Rescue.

Rabia has always loved cats and empathizes with those suffering unnecessarily on the streets. Rabia says, “People wrongfully assume they can let their cats survive on the streets.” Rabia typically works with very vulnerable cats who have had trauma. The goal is to help them overcome their fears and gradually increase their confidence and their trust for humans. Ella, who was still a kitten at the time, came to her as sort of a fluke and Rabia was thrilled to spend three months as her foster.

Ella-Christmas 2020

From the start, Ella was an incredibly friendly and social cat. She loved to play and preferred other cats to people. While the typical process is to isolate a new cat to one room in the house while they get accustomed to the sights, sounds, and smells of a new house, Ella was insisting on coming out of her room and going to play with the “big kids,” Rabia’s two extra-large male cats.

Ella loved to wrestle with her foster brothers, chase toys and had endless energy to run around. She wasn’t a lap cat but also wasn’t afraid of new people, but she really was a cats’ cat. If she wasn’t wrestling with her foster brothers, she was cuddling or cleaning them.

Although she was the smallest of the three, she wasn’t timid. Her foster says she would walk by another cat, sit her bum on their face and begin wrestling – which was funny because she was a tiny girl about a quarter of the size of her wrestling opponents. 

Meanwhile, Chloe had decided to adopt from Annex Cat Rescue because she was looking for a playmate for her 10-year-old cat Howie. She claims Howie had forgotten how to be a cat; he was diabetic, very sluggish and on insulin for a year. He just wasn’t very interested in being active or playing anymore, as hard as Chloe tried to engage him.

Chloe spoke to an Annex Cat Rescue adoption volunteer who suggested Ella as a match. Well, it worked out perfectly! Ella has been an excellent influence on Howie. Ella is sort of Howie’s personal trainer and fitness influencer. Ella is the one to initiate playtime. Because Ella will just grab a toy and start playing on her own, Howie will follow suit.

Ella gets zoomies and runs a lot, and she’s active and goofy. Ella also likes to sleep with her body on a cat bed but her head hanging off on the floor. She definitely likes Howie more than he likes her — she’s very into her older brother.

Sometimes she will crawl into his bed and he’ll just leave and let her have it. Ella is a perfect example of tiny but mighty. Her confidence and fitness levels are an inspiration for everyone around her.

-Sandra Dania