Stories of abandoned cats sometimes sound like fairytales. Abandoned and neglected, they are thrown out onto the streets and have to survive in terrible conditions but then, one day, kind people find them and take them home, where these cats completely transform and blossom. That’s the story of a stray cat named Dinah, who once was thrown out onto the street, but now lives in a loving home. Scroll down with our interview with Dinah’s owner Rebecca!
This cat was spotted laying on the street
In July 2019, a girl named Molly Sotak first noticed Dinah, who was in very bad shape. Molly tracked her for a few days and realized that she was very sick and needed a vet. “She was like skin and bones. I think I was keeping a tab on her for probably about four or five days before I was actually able to catch her,” Molly told the Dodo.
A girl contacted the Stray Cat Alliance and they agreed to take care of the kitty
The cat had significant health issues
“Well, the black on her face is fleas and flea dirt! Her whole body is infested with fleas. She is emaciated, dehydrated, has a severe upper respiratory infection and painful ulcers on her tongue, which are consistent with calicivirus. Between the congestion and ulcers, no wonder she can’t eat. She is now getting flea meds, antibiotics, and IV fluids,” wrote Stray Cat Alliance on their Instagram about Dinah’s medical condition.
But quickly healed and found a loving home
They got Dinah a medical check-up and took care of everything. In no time, what was once a stray cat transformed into a beautiful, strong, and healthy feline. She even found a loving family and a perfect home. Her new owner—Rebecca Schneider—saw that Dinah had gone through a lot of hardships. “Our cat of 14 years had developed a heart condition and sadly passed away. After mourning her, we decided that it was time to give a new kitty a loving home. We visited a handful of shelters, all had very lovely cats, but we were waiting for the instant connection. It happened when I saw Dinah (formerly Nina). She was shy and somewhat cautious but seemed as interested in me as I was in her,” explains Rebecca to us.
“She seemed very interested in us (my husband and I) but she was terribly shy and unsure. We didn’t know much about her history, just that she was a stray kitten that had been rescued by the shelter and that she had spent some time in a foster home. But ultimately, she ended up back in the shelter’s care,” Rebecca remembers her first reaction when she saw Dinah.
Rebecca adopted the kitty and gave her a new beginning. Now Dinah is a brave and confident cat who loves to play and make her family happy. “She is a fluffy little clown, she always has us laughing. She loves to play and follow us all around the house. She likes to ‘help out’ with chores like making the bed and loading the dishwasher. She likes watching TV with us and overall just wants to be a part of whatever is going on.”
Now Dinah is a happy and a healthy cat!