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Shelter Cat Nala Smiles at Everybody Hoping that Someone will Notice Her

Posted in Cat Stories - On: September 1, 2023 - Author:  Jan Travell
Posted in Cat Stories 
Last Updated: September 1, 2023  
Author:  Jan Travell

Meet Nala!

She’s a shelter cat who’s having a hard time finding a forever home.


She had been at the shelter for a while and everyone seemed to pass her by, that’s when she came up with a unique way of getting noticed.

She smiles at everyone she sees in the shelter, hoping someone will want to adopt her and give her a forever home.


Nala’s story began when a kind person from the Netherlands came across her all alone when she was very pregnant.

In fact, she was already in labor and was having difficulty giving birth.

Thankfully, she was rushed to a veterinary hospital, where she had an emergency c-section. She gave birth to two kittens, but sadly, only one of them survived.


Nala and her one remaining kitten were taken in by Dierenbescherming, an animal protection group in the Netherlands, in the hope that they could get a chance at a better life.

The kitten was strong and healthy and soon found his forever home. Nala also blossomed and loved being around people in this safe environment.


The reason Nala has a permanent smile is because she has a cleft lip. She also needs a special diet because of a skin condition.

“She gets hypo-allergenic food and is doing much better. She might always need this special food,” explained a volunteer at the shelter.


She gets very excited when she sees somebody new at the shelter.

When they pass by her condo she gives them lots of attention by standing up against the glass window with that big grin on her face.

If you sit with her she will rub up against you and treat you like a friend.


“The perfect home for her would be a house with a fenced garden, with humans who are at home a lot and who don’t have a problem with her special diet,” said the volunteer.

“She is okay being placed with other cats, but will need individual feeding.”


Nala is still waiting to find her forever home. But meanwhile, she continues to give her radiant smile to everyone that comes to visit, let’s hope she doesn’t have to wait too long.

Watch Nala in this cute video:

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About the author

Jan Travell is a lifelong cat owner and a feline expert. She's been the Cats and Kittens lead editor from the start. She lives in rural France with her two rescue cats, Tigerlily and Mr.Gee. Her senior kitty, Ducati, passed over the rainbow bridge recently at the ripe old age of 22.

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