Woman adopts cat overlooked at the shelter for months because of her unique looks

A cat that had been neglected at the shelter for so many years finally found the family she wanted.

Francisca Franken, a German-born woman, lived with her parents in Germany. They had a cat named Joker who she loved to death. When she moved out, she couldn’t take the feline with her even if she wanted to because her flat was too small for an outdoor cat. She knew he wouldn’t have been happy.

Francisca moved into a bigger apartment with balcony after being without a cat for almost a year.

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She wasn’t planning on getting one right away until she came across a picture of an exotic shorthair cat named Bean on her local shelter’s website.

It was love at first glance, and Francisca immediately emailed the shelter to express her interest in adopting Bean.

“I saw her photo and fell in love the second I saw her. Well, at first I laughed because the pictures were so funny and I’d never seen a cat like this before,” Francisca recalled.

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Bean lived a difficult life. Bean was found in an abandoned trailer park, covered in battle wounds, and suffering from multiple health problems.

The cat had an infection in her eye and struvite crystals in her urine, which could cause blockage. She also hasn’t been neutered, chipped, or medically treated. The shelter saved her life and got her to the right place at the right time.

Bean was put up for adoption after no one claimed her while she was at the “Lost and Found.” Every day, she waited for someone to take her home. However, people really didn’t pay much attention to her because of her unusual face, which looked both sad and a bit grumpy.

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Francisca received a call the next day from a lady at rescue who confirmed that Bean was the cat she wanted to adopt. Despite her being on the rescue website for over a year and staying in the shelter for many months, no one was interested in her.

“The woman who called me was scared that I just pressed the wrong button or something and was not really interested in her at all,” Francisca said. “I teared up at the thought of poor Bean having nobody that wanted to love her so I directly made an appointment with them for the 8th of January. I was so so so so nervous.”

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Francisca had expected to meet a cat of 20 pounds, but Bean turned up to be a tiny kitten with adorable doe eyes. The feline leapt from her bed as soon as she entered the room and began to rub her face all over her human. Tears ran down Francisca’s cheeks as she did.

Francisca stayed with Bean for hours at the shelter and didn’t want to leave her there one more night. The cat, too, was attracted to Bean and kept following her around looking for attention.

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Francisca asked the shelter to allow Francisca to take the cat home, even though it seemed impossible. They knew she loved the cat and believed she would make a great cat mom. She even received toys, a litter box, and a carrier from the rescue.

Bean quickly adapted to her new environment.

“She made herself at home from the very first second. She laid down on the sofa and took a nap as if the couch was the most comfortable thing she had ever experienced,” Francisca said.

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Bean fell asleep for hours and began to explore. She seemed grateful that she had finally found a place to call her home.

Bean loved to cuddle up with her owner every night. If Francisca was up late, Bean would wait until midnight to go to bed.

Bean was very anxious for her human’s abandonment during the first few days. But eventually, she realized she didn’t have to worry about that anymore.

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“It was then she finally decided to let her (inner) diva come out, her ‘queen of the household’ mentality,” Francisca said.

Francisca would spend her entire day at the computer, even though it was her favorite spot, when she worked from home. And when she leaves for work, Bean would climb up to the window and watch her until she couldn’t see her anymore.

Bean loves the Cat TV at her window and enjoys going for walks in a harness along with her mom. The feline is playful, silly and loving.

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The cat also loves olives, running wild and trying to steal them whenever Francisca eats one.

“She’s my whole world and an absolute weirdo. I can’t put into words how much I love her. Rescue works in both directions. She helps me through the worst of days,” Francisca said.

“She went through so much and is finally home and getting the love she deserves. I can’t imagine my life without her. She is amazing and so special. I’m so happy she chose me to be her mother.”

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