Cat of the week: Mija

A darling little girl with plenty of cattitude
By Sharon Wylie
Crash’s Landing

Each week WKTV features an adoptable cat from Crash’s Landing or Big Sid’s Sanctuary. Both cat rescue organizations were founded by Jennifer Petrovich, DVM (Dr. Jen), who is on staff at Clyde Park Veterinary Clinic (4245 Clyde Park Ave SW).

The freezing February of 2015 brought with it an onslaught of homeless cats trying to get in out of the cold. As it so happens, this little doll was displaced when her deadbeat owners moved out of their trailer and left her and a comrade behind, their only refuge the dark, dank and dismal underbelly of their previous home.

When a neighbor caught wind of what had happened, she brought the two inside, but having two elderly cats of her own, she wasn’t comfortable letting them mingle, nor could she keep them long term.


Although displaced and a bit disheveled, Mija didn’t fare too badly except for being intact, flea-ridden and full of internal parasites. Mija (pronounced ‘Mee-Hah’) was born in the fall of 2012 and tested positive for Feline Leukemia (FeLV). Had Dr. Jen had not spayed her, she would have brought five FeLV-positive babies into the world as she was in the early stages of pregnancy.

This is one absolutely adorable little kitty. She possesses lots of calico ‘tude packed in a small package, likes to wander around, and makes a habit of walking up to MUCH bigger cats and letting them know that she’s the boss! It’s funny to watch the looks that these big boys give her. She is a people lover though. Pick her up and she’s a purr noodle.

What we don’t understand is how someone could have such blatant disregard for life and toss this kitty in the cold like she was garbage. Thankfully she is in a warm, safe place and the volunteers are doing everything in their power to promote how precious and perfect she is.

Granted, Mija’s viral status will make adoption a bit more challenging, but taking home a positive kitty IS a viable option provided safeguards are taken if you already have a multi-cat household. Given her propensity to spout off if someone gets in her face, we’re pretty sure she wouldn’t mind being the only cat in a residence that could devote attention solely to her.

Want to adopt Mija? Learn about the adoption process here. Fill out a pre-adoption form here.

Interested in volunteering at one of the cat shelters? Check out the Volunteer Informational Session on Dec. 11. If you’d like to get in on this kitty love fest, sign up for the Volunteer Informational Session. Take a tour of Crash’s, meet the kitties and learn how you can contribute your heart to our organization. RSVP to to reserve your spot.

Can’t adopt, but still want to help? Find out how you can sponsor a cat!

Learn the truth about FeLV here.

Big Sid’s is special because it is one of the largest shelters in the nation that caters exclusively to cats who test positive for FIV or FeLV. Read about Big Sid’s here.

Crash’s Landing and Big Sid’s Sanctuary have a common mission: To take at-risk stray cats off the streets of the Greater Grand Rapids area, provide them with veterinary care and house them in free-roaming, no-kill facilities until dedicated, loving, permanent homes can be found.