Keesa is a female F1 Bengal cat, though her former owner thought she was an F2 Savannah cat. Keesa came to live at The Wildcat Sanctuary in in 2011 and was born in 2007.

Her owner had called, frantic and planning to put Keesa down due to behavioral issues. She’d been patient and tried several approaches to try to make Keesa a family pet before sadly feeling her only option was to put her down. Luckily, she called TWS as a last resort and we agreed to help.

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Here are some words from the owner’s surrender form:

Thank you sooooo much for all your help.  This all happened so quick, just yesterday I was figuring out how I was going to put her to sleep and today she is starting a new life.

The  only reason I never took her to a vet is because when I got her I was lied to and told she would be a normal cat it would just take couple weeks for her to adjust.  We never thought she was feral or unhandleable.  I couldn’t take her to the vet.

She is now urinating on pillows… No one wants her at our house except me. We can’t afford her to keep ruining our things and because no one can handle her or even get next to her, it makes things worse.  She’s just not a family pet.

Life at the Sanctuary

We learned Keesa had been through a hybrid rescue group and more than one home, which is often the case with hybrids who are surrendered. It’s not fair that a cat caught between two worlds also gets caught up in a system that passes them through several homes.

Keesa enjoys her wild at heart life here with other hybrids in the Hybrid Haven section of the sanctuary. It’s such a wonderful thing to see a cat who was on the verge of being euthanized, now living happily with others of her kind.

And she truly has a best friend in Bengal cat Dream. You can find those two snuggled up together in their favorite den box where they can watch all the activity going on around them. They’re both rather shy but like to watch what their neighbors are up to from their hidden spots.

They’ve begun letting Bonzai, a male Bengal who lives with them, into their inner circle from time to time. And another male Bengal named Felix also shares their habitat.

Keesa has ongoing runny eyes since she arrived.  An exam showed that she has scar tissue plugging her tear ducts.  It doesn’t seem to bother her, but we keep a close eye on it.

Keesa reminds us that every cat just deserves a chance, and they can blossom. Seeing how happy she is with her companion Dream touches everyone’s heart.

How You Can Help

Caring for a wild cat for life – even a small hybrid like Keesa – can be quite expensive. Hybrids usually come to us with special needs, genetic and/or medical issues due to their breeding.

Our sponsorship program helps support the cats’ care costs and allows you to form a special bond with them. Would you consider becoming Keesa’s sponsor parent?

Or even a one time donation toward her care would be so appreciated. It’s easy to do using the buttons at the top of this page.

Thank you for caring about the little wild ones, too!