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Queen Helena: An independent, affectionate cat searching for a peaceful forever home

Queen Helena, the independent cat searching for a peaceful home

austin photo: news_arden_queen helena apa_apr 2013
Courtesy of Austin Pets Alive!
austin photo: news_arden_queen helena apa_apr 2013
Meet Queen Helena. Courtesy of Austin Pets Alive!
austin photo: news_arden_queen helena apa_apr 2013
austin photo: news_arden_queen helena apa_apr 2013

Queen Helena is a special cat, whose diagnosis with FeLV (Feline Leukemia Virus) means she cannot socialize with many others, but it hasn't changed her affectionate spirit. While she might often be found perched on her "throne," APA! seeks to find a new place for Helena to call home, somewhere peaceful where she can live out her life.

Name: Helena

Sex: Female

Breed: Domestic Shorthair Mix

Current weight: 9 pounds

Adult size: Medium

Sign: Sagittarius

Age: 3 years

Spayed/Neutered: Yes

Declawed: No

Adoption Donation: $0

Location: Town Lake Animal Center

Surprise fact: The favorite perch of our Queen Helena is the highest part of the cat tower — it is her throne!

What APA! says about Helena:

  • Helena might like to keep to herself, but she appreciates attention from people, especially in the form of chin rubs! She will let you know how much she likes it by sweetly meowing a thank you.
  • She is very affectionate and perfectly sized for your lap, though she may need to get to know you first; once she does, she will head butt you and lick your hand, happily purring and meowing.

Why APA! says Helena deserves your love:

  • Helena is positive for FeLV (Feline Leukemia Virus), which means she can only cohabitate with other FeLV+ kitties, dogs or other non-cat animals.
  • She must always remain an indoor kitty, and needs to be fed a nutritionally complete and balanced diet.

In summary: Given Helena's condition, she needs a forever home where she is the only kitty, perhaps a home with older children who would respect her and pet her — Queen Helena is a lover, not a player. Cats can live 2-4 years beyond when they are first diagnosed with FeLV — or even longer.

To donate or adopt Helena, call APA! today at 512-961-6519.