Sam came to the shelter after having a horrendous past. He had been mistreated and neglected since 6 weeks of age.
Sam was very unsure and untrusting when he first came to the shelter. However with patience and a wonderful foster home, he is beginning to trust more.
Same is only a youngster and should never have had the start to life that he had, but we are hoping we can make up for this for the rest of his life.
His fosterer gave us this insight into his behaviour in their quiet, experienced home:
“Where do I start with this cat?! He is a really gorgeous and loving little man, so long as you allow him to do whatever he wants, when he wants!!
Firstly….. I have never known a cat as funny with food…… one day he will eat a certain flavour / make, and gobble it down, then the next day he won’t touch it & pesters/cries until you feed him another flavour (he has us wrapped around his paw already!)
I have tried not changing it and leaving it down, but it doesn’t work, he just wont eat it, he isn’t easily fooled! So I cling film it and then put it down again for a later meal, 90% of the time this works & he will eat it.
I have tried everything to get him to try biscuits to no avail. Even mixing with fresh chicken & tuna…..no way.
He is not as bad for attacking at random now, he still does on occasions, but here are a few trigger points I have noticed ….
Never pick him up to hold / cuddle. It’s ok to move him out of a cupboard or off the window sill, but not to cuddle.
Always wear socks! Typical kitten, he loves biting ankles & toes however he has no restraint & really goes for the kill after a couple of bites.
We have to let him have the run of the home and not in the bedroom at night. He would start leaping after feet moving under the covers, great fun, but then he gets over-excited and doesn’t understand when to stop. It got to the stage as soon as he came on the bed, he went crackers. He loves it on his own bed & laid on ours during the day. We think this may be due to various things, 1. He didn’t have the socialisation and teachings with his siblings when he was young as he was homed at only 6 weeks old, so didn’t learn any manners or how hard to bite when playing; 2. He was abused physically in his last home and was most likely scared, frustrated and unsure of how to understand and handle those experiences.
Sam is a cat with issues, but we believe they can be managed and he could live a happy life with the right people.
You can’t leave anything food wise on the kitchen sides, he will eat it!
So, that’s the less favourable stuff out of the way… Now the good, which far outweighs that lot.
He is so loving, he follows you all over. He has the most pathetic meow I ever heard & you just have to give in to him!!!! He likes playing with his laser light but his fave toys are balls, either loose or in the towers. Sometimes he even fetches it back for you to throw again. He has 3 beds of his own & 2 climbing towers & floor space / settees etc etc . . and he uses them all .
He will come & sit with you & loves his chin & back scratching. He also likes to be brushed BUT he lets you know when he’s had enough, he won’t get the claws out, just a tap to say “oy, enough now thanks”.
Sam needs a forever home where there are no kids & no other pets. He won’t be a lap cat but he is loving. It just has to be on his terms. He loves window gazing and watching cat tv (birds!).
Basically he wants to be loved & he wants to be close to you when HE wants.
Since he was neutered, he has calmed down a lot, maybe he will continue to do so , but even if he doesn’t change any more, he is a truly lovely cat. “
We think he would definitely like to start going outside at some point so will need a home away from main and busy roads, preferable in a quiet, green area!
Please only apply for Sam if you have the experience, patience and suitable home that he needs. Serious applications only please.