The poor kitty has been shuffled around to three different homes since 2013

Home: Some pets never have one to call their own. We’d like to help change that by introducing you to an extraordinary, adoptable pet every week. Today, meet Mia, a 6-year-old spayed female cat available for adoption at the Stephen Memorial Animal Shelter in Oskaloosa, Iowa.

Poor, Mia. She just hasn’t found that purr-fect place to call home. In fact, she’s been in three different homes since November of 2013. The first person to adopt her had to return her because she was moving and couldn’t bring the cat with her. The second time, she was adopted by a family with two young children, who didn’t mesh well with Mia.

“The adopter’s two small children played too rough with her and it caused Mia quite a bit of stress,” says a bio written by the shelter. “When her adoptive owner brought Mia back to us we were shocked at the condition she was in … it was apparent that the stress she was under in the home was causing her to pull her own hair out!”

The kitty was adopted again in January 2016, only to be brought back 5 weeks later because she was not using her litterbox. After a visit to the vet, they discovered she had cystitis, an inflammation of the bladder. Mia’s cystitis is easily controlled by feeding her a special veterinary diet, but it’s rather expensive, and that expense is making it very hard for the shelter to find her a new home.

Described as “sweet,” Mia is friendly with other cats and more than ready to make a forever connection with an adopter (obviously, that will be in a home without rambunctious kids).

“Her previous adopters also all described her as a ‘couch potato’ so she’d be a great cat to keep you company while you watch your favorite television shows!” reads her bio. “She must be an indoor cat only, because she is declawed on all four paws (but she doesn’t like going outside anyway).”

If you’re interested in adopting this pretty girl, submit an adoption application online by visiting their website. The Stephen Memorial Animal Shelter does not charge adoption fees for adult cats, instead, they simply ask that adopters bring in an item from their wishlist to help them care for the animals at the shelter. To see that, click here.

Click here to meet last week’s adoptable pet, Chance.

Adopting a pet is an amazing experience – and a big decision! Before bringing a pet into your home, it’s important to consider your family circumstances and do your research.