It’s believed that orange tabby females are rare. The truth is it’s not that orange female cats are rare, it is simply that an orange cat is more likely to be a male. For a female cat to be orange, she must inherit two orange genes – one from her mother (orange, calico, or tortoiseshell) and one from her father (who must be orange). Only about 20% of the orange tabby population are female.
Neena is one of the 20%. And unlike her male counterparts – many of whom are self-assured and gregarious – Neena is very shy and reserved at first when meeting new people. She was rescued with her sister, Gracee, and found comfort in being near her – but Gracee has since been adopted and while the adopters welcomed Neena into their family, Neena wasn’t as keen on them as we had hoped. Neena does get along well with other cats and dogs and, given her need to take comfort in the protection of other cats, we feel she would definitely do best in a home with another kitty. She does not seek out human attention unprompted and does need ample time to adjust and come out of her shell. However, given time and patience, Neena will warm up to new people once she develops a sense of trust with them, too – and provided she can do so with the confidence and assurance gained from another kitty friend urging her on.
Neena was estimated to be about 5 years old at the time she was rescued in 2017 so she has many years left to be a fabulous companion to an individual or couple with a quiet, low key household. If you are interested in adopting this lovely, demure and rare-ish orange tabby sweetheart, please complete an adoption application for her today!