These days, Zarra might be one of the friendliest, most affectionate cats in Cat World. She’s known for nuzzling her head under your chin and reaching out a paw to gently place a soft white paw on your cheek when she’s picked up.

You might think that Zarra’s been around people and soaking up their love since she was a baby. But her initial interest in people was more of a cry for help. When she was about a year old, Zarra had a health crisis: Her kidneys were failing, and she needed help fast. When she suddenly started acting extra friendly (something she’d never done before), someone noticed and stepped in to help save her life.

Zarra is incredibly sweet and friendly

Zarra used to live in a community cat colony not far from the Sanctuary. The colony’s caregiver realized that something wasn’t right when Zarra, who wasn’t normally very social with people, suddenly allowed her caregiver to pet her one day. Because the young cat also wasn’t interested in food, it was clear that this wasn’t just a sudden change of heart, but that something was wrong. The concerned caregiver reached out to Best Friends for help.

It was Christmas day last year when Zarra arrived at the Best Friends Animal Clinic, but the young cat had no energy for holiday cheer. She was feeling worse by the minute and was cold, lethargic and dehydrated. The Best Friends veterinary team jumped right in to find out what was wrong and to save her life, but for Zarra there would be no easy answers. You can read the full details of Zarra's medical care here.

Today, Zarra is doing well and while her kidneys will never fully recover, she's living every day to the fullest. We continue to be on the lookout for a home for Zarra. She'll need supportive care daily, but it's not difficult to do. Especially when Zarra purrs and gazes sweetly into your eyes.