We can hardly believe the news but stunning Zana is a 5-year-old Marbled SPOKES-MEOWDEL who is ready to find his forever home!
We’ve known Zana for over a year. He’s pretty famous in Arizona for his amazing Meowdel work in support of a local cat rescue.
He loves to ham it up for the camera and has been spotted (no pun intended as he’s striped) all over the internet, including on Bengal Rescue’s very own pages.
Recently we thought about introducing him to Bengal Rescue’s Spokes-meowdel Maxy, but then realized they were not willing to share the spotlight with each other. They have their careers to consider, after all!
Now you may be wondering why such a spectacular cat might be in need of a new family, but it’s pretty obvious to us. Zana came home to his family as a kitten with his littermate sister, 5 years ago. They were doing very well initially. But as Zana got older, he grew to be more and more dominant with his sister Ananda, to the point of really bullying her which resulted in serious litter box avoidance for Ananda.
We worked with the family over the last year, to help coach them on all the things that could be done to ease the tensions. Ananda ended up being prescribed medication for this and his family did see good results for Ananda. That was a relief.
As they worked to try everything to create peace for these two siblings, they began to realize that Ananda wasn’t the problem. It was Zana who was instigating. This began the journey that lasted many more months, as they tried to curb this behavior with Zana.
Unfortunately it’s reached the point where it is obvious that trying to erase the dominance out of Zana, is really a lost cause. Boy is he independent and he likes to do things his way. He feels no guilt about that, and we totally understand where he is coming from.
Both of Zana’s humans have busy jobs, even though they get to work from home. That said, it doesn’t allow them the dedicated time that Zana needs, to attend to his high energy and chronic boredom.
His owner tells us:
“If he could spend the entire day outside on a harness with his humans, playing all day with his humans and his toys, being given puzzles to solve, and generally having 100% of the attention (when he’s not napping), that would be his dream life!”
Zana lives in an all-cat household consisting of six felines. He’s the live-wire, of the bunch. Everyone else is pretty low key. We believe that Zana would do very well in a family that has tons of energy, and even a cat-friendly dog to horse around with (he previously lived with a Shih Tzu and they got along great!).
Zana has met children, and did OK but he’s never lived with them. We think he would do well with children 12 or older, who know how to be respectful of his boundaries.
Zana loves human attention more than ANYTHING on EARTH. He loves to greet people at the door, and he’s never been shy of strangers. He loves to be petted, and will give you a ton of head-butts to let you know how much he appreciates you. If you plop on the couch with a blanket in your lap to watch TV, don’t be surprised if he climbs into your lap. He’s such a lover!
Zana is harness-trained, and he really loves spending time outdoors with his Humans. Be warned though – he really REALLY loves it and he’s wicked-smart. He will be able to figure out how to open your sliding doors to get outside, so his owner will need to secure the doors accordingly.
Zana loves to spend the mornings and evenings bouncing off the walls with the zooms – but he never causes damage. He just has a ton of energy to burn and would do very well with a Cat Exercise Wheel. When his batteries FINALLY wear out, he loves to go crawl into a dark closet or space to recharge.
Zana is definitely vocal! He will tell you exactly what he wants, and when he wants it. He loves to follow his humans around the house and he’s BIG on eye contact. He is all about communication. He wants to take part in what you are doing – whatever it is.
Zana is Neutered and Microchipped. He is up-to-date on his Vaccinations and he has no litter box issues. Zana was previously diagnosed with Eosinophilic Granuloma. This is a genetic skin disease which is controlled via diet changes, when it arises. It hasn’t happened in years, since they got him on Instinct Chicken.
Occasionally in the springtime, he suffers from Springtime mild asthma. The first time it happened he went on a short round of Prednisone. The second time he experienced this, it resolved without intervention.
If you think Zany Zana is the right match for you and your family, please fill out our adoption application