Photo Comments (1)Age: 12 Years Sex: Female Weight: 12 lbs.
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Marilianinha, sweety-baby, Ma-Ree-Lee-AAAAAAAAAA
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May 28th 2008
December 20th 2002
Being coddled and pet in bed while she tiger-purrs
Loud noises, sudden movements (PTSD) and stress
Once in awhile she'll hit a mouse around, but was abused & neglected so long, she's afraid to play. I try.
Favorite Nap Spot:
Next to mommy in bed at night and during day naps (we take together)
She did a 180 from 100% fearful (from prior abuse) to a 100% loving cat w/in a year
I was actually going to adopt the Siamese below Marilia, but was told that cat was being rescued. One of the volunteers I worked with said "what about 'PK'?" (now Marilia). I held her and she held on so tight, I knew she was very fearful and wasn't sure how that would work in my home-of-cats. I looked around a bit, wanting to take all of them, and then came back to (now) Marilia, held her again and chose to get her the heck out of that place (the kill shelter where they are all from (except Fuzz, he came from a rescue).
Due to circumstances beyond my control, literally, I had to adopt out Marilia. I had a choice and it was deathly hard, but I chose to keep the special needs cats who would never get adopted and Fuzz who's been with me for 15 years. The cats I adopted out all have loving homes now.
She had a notation on her folder of former abuse and she walks as if she's in pain (my Vet swears she's not, but . . .). She hid for 2 months straight - I didn't see her, she hid in the cat playroom/bedroom under the trundle bed. I was completely patient, yet a little scared for her being under there for so long - not sure how often she came out at night. It took a long time for her to come even smell my fingers that I would lay on the carpet under the bed she was hiding under.
When she did come out, she attacked every cat, constantly. Because I do not EVER punish and just use the "tschhh!" Cesar Milan thing (which I didn't even use with her at this point), I would constantly be separating her from the other cats, but let her stay out.
About 3 months later, she would respond to me, but jump at any movement or noise (she has PTSD like me, I'm certain of this because of her past abuse), but was staying away from the other cats.
Another couple months go by and, with much patience on my part and on her part especially, she literally started trying to make-up with the other cats. They would hiss at her, paw-claw at her thinking she was going to attack them, but she would just sit there.
She wanted them to be her friends and was doing her best to apologize - it was amazing to watch this process.
one-by-one, most of the other cats have no fear of her - a few are wary, but can walk by her without looking out the side of their eye.
And now, she purrs like a Tiger and sleeps RIGHT next to me in bed every single night! She just started talking about 2 months ago!
She feels empowered now as she should have always been able to feel.
I am so very, very proud of her for bringing herself... herself through and out of the trauma. She (and I) still jump at noises or sudden movements, but we can work with that.
Marilia is a miracle - I love her so, so much!
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I AM worthy of receiving love and care!
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