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BERNIE! Bengal & Domestic Short Hair Mix Philadelphia, PA

  • Adult
  • Male
  • Medium
  • Tabby (Buff / Tan / Fawn)


Friendly, Affectionate, Playful, Funny
Coat length
Vaccinations up to date, spayed / neutered, declawed, special needs.
Prefers a home without
Other cats, dogs, children.

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This handsome dude is named Bernie (or Bernard)! Bernie found his way to rescue after being abandoned at Philly's animal control shelter. He was likely abandoned due to his medical issues at the time. The shelter medical staff determined that Bernie was suffering from uncontrolled diabetes. He was emaciated, matted and could barely walk. Because of his ailments, he appeared to everyone to be a fairly old cat. But magically, with appropriate veterinary care and TLC from his loving foster family, he's aged backwards!

After a year of insulin treatment and a strict diet, Bernie is now in remission and no longer needs insulin. He has filled out and he now has a healthy coat. He can now walk, run, and jump with ease. With his improved health, it is now evident that Bernie is not a senior and is probably a young/middle-aged cat! Bernie is a very handsome Bengal mix with a unique golden/brown coat, gorgeous light green eyes, with a lot of personality. In true Bengal form, he is very, very smart and loves to talk and to sing his songs. Bernie loves to do "treat puzzles" and to learn tricks... he currently knows "sit", "stay", "come", and "up" (he goes up on his hind legs). In addition to being very smart and photogenic, Bernie loves company. He loves to play, to talk to his people, and to hang out and get head scratches. Bernie is also very easy to get in and out of his crate for car travels and by all reports he is a good boy at the vet.

Bernie will need regular bi-yearly checkups going forward to ensure his diabetes stays in remission. Since Bernie was technically a stray while his diabetes was uncontrolled, he does have some behavioral issues around food and his forever home should be prepared to restrict his access to any food items, plants, and garbage as he will persistently try to access and eat anything that slightly resembles food. His doctors believe this behavior is due to suffering from diabetes long-term and always feeling hungry as a result. His forever home will also need to make sure he remains securely inside, as he will try to dash out the door so he can munch on whatever he finds outside (he loves grass). Though he is currently in foster care with other cats, he can be a little feisty around these food issues - during feedings and when trying to remove him from non-food items he is trying to eat - so he would be best in a home without small children or other animals unless feeding-areas are separate and he can't access their.

Bernie is available for adoption through City of Elderly Love. He is neutered, vaccinated and microchipped. He is also FIV/FeLV negative. Bernie came to the shelter declawed. Interested in adopting him? Visit to complete an online adoption questionnaire or email us at!

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  • Bengal
  • Adult
  • Male