You may remember my beautiful Lizzie passed away over Labor Day last year. About a month later, I adopted Izzabella, a 5-year-old “sweet¸ tame” female, that I nicknamed Bella.
Bella had come in to a small pet store as a rescue 3 years ago, at about a year to a year and a half old, being kept in a china cabinet, and the family would tap on the glass so she would whip at it and break her tail. At that point, she was adopted by a woman who really loved her, and had her 3 years, but now has stage 4 cancer and is having trouble with the chemo, and had to give her up.
It’s wonderful that Bella was well-loved, but I saw no evidence of UVB, and her diet consisted of kale, squash, bananas and white bread. Her upper mouth appears to be slightly underdeveloped? It had a little crusting on it, and when I first gave her collards, the corners of her mouth bled, so I’ve worked on adding foods gradually and cleaning up her mouth.
The first week, Bella bit me once, just a warning nip. I was trying to give her time/space to adjust to new cage, new people, and I was adding new foods to her diet, while still giving some of the old (minus the white bread). Our relationship has improved quite a bit now that I have had her 3 months.
My vet was out for surgery, my mother-in-law passed away, holidays, etc. So, Friday was Bella’s first vet check – I’m having blood work, mouth culture and fecal culture done. Big surprise to me – Bella’s a boy!