Inside the Life of a Feline Behavior Consultant: Meet Bianca

I have always wanted a Cornish Rex cat ever since I was first introduced to them while working at a vet clinic.  We had a breeder who was is client and she would bring the cats in periodically after they had kittens or for their wellness checks.  I had decided that one day I was going to get a black and white male Cornish Rex.  Well, that day has still not come.

I received a call from the vet clinic while I was living in New Mexico that the breeder was re-homing 2 of her female cats because they could not be bred for various reasons.  She gave them to one of the technicians and gave her permission to find good homes for them for no charge.  Anyone that knows Cornish Rex cats knows that they can be very pricey to adopt from a breeder and it is not that often that one is given to a home for free.  The technician is a friend of mine and she immediately reached out to me to let me know of these 2 kittens- one was 6 months old and the other 8 months old.  The 6 month old had not been spayed yet and she had a terrible hair coat, actually practically no coat at all.  The 8 month old was already spayed and had a much nicer coat.  I met both of the girls and decided to take the younger one as I would be able to get her spayed in New Mexico at a clinic that I knew and trusted would take great care of her.  The technician’s son took the other cat.

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That day I brought Bianca home to my parent’s house in Scottsdale where we stayed the weekend before driving back to New Mexico.  On the drive back she did okay.  I set up a large dog crate in the back of my CR-V and gave her a little bed, litter box, and water.  She talked in her high pitched meow for a bit, but settled eventually.  Once I got her to my apartment it was time to put her in a separate room from Fiona and Rosemary so that we could do a proper introduction.  Now, like any cat owner I was anxious to introduce her to the family and felt bad when she would cry behind the office door, so I will admit that I did not keep the animals separated as long as I usually recommend to my clients.

Her and Rosemary, the Rat Terrier, hit it off right away and loved to play together.  Fiona, the long haired calico cat, was a bit of a different story.  The age difference between the cats is about 9 years so Fiona is much more calm and less playful than Bianca.  Bianca wanted to run and chase Fiona who just wanted her space.  It took a bit of time but it helped that Rosemary and Bianca hit it off so well and they were able to play and bond with one another.

Being a Cornish Rex, Bianca has a very outgoing and friendly personality.  She gets along with anyone, human or animal, that comes in the home and is very vocal.  Over the past 3 years we have experienced a few medical issues with Bianca including a urinary tract infection which started a period of inappropriate urination outside of the litter box.  She also has her moments when she is a bit of a bully to Fiona when she does not get enough interaction and playtime from me during the day.  She is incredibly smart though and knows a few commands including “come” and “off” which we constantly practice.  She also travels with me to various educational events that I hold as my ambassador cat.

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Having the 2 cats together with their different behavioral issues over the years has helped me grow as a behavior consultant because I am able to tell my clients my personal experiences with different issues such as: having a bully cat, inappropriate elimination, proper introductions with both cats and dogs, cats getting on the counter, and much more!  Today, Bianca lives with me and Fiona in my condo where she still has her crazy spurts of energy throughout the day but has grown so much over the years- including finally getting a little bit of a coat!

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