A very special home is needed for these two shy boys, somewhere where they can be given space, time and patience to come round and adapt to their new lives as playful young cats.
At just 9 months old, Stig and Dumpling are the shyest of a number of cats who came to us from a multi-cat household some months ago, suffering with many health issues. All of these kittens were unsocialised, terrified and extremely poorly and it took a great deal of medical treatment, dedication and hard work for our team to nurse them back to health.
Some of the cats adapted better than others, learning to trust more quickly, though most are still shy of being handled; Stig and Dumpling have definitely been the most traumatised by the ordeal of their formative weeks and months of life.
Yet they are both still youngsters and, like all young cats, they love to play.
In Stig's case he will forget his fears and happily interact with humans when it comes to playing with wand-type cat toys that he can chase-he comes into his own, losing himself in playing like a kitten as he leaps around and attempts to catch the toy.
Dumpling is more reserved and shut down, he will hide in his bed, just watching everything around him, still unsure about interacting with us, but he has started playing with other cats-Stig in particular, and recently he has been doing this with us in the room. This is a huge breakthrough and although we feel it is unlikely that Dumpling will ever become a very tactile cat, it does give us hope that he could make great progress once in a home.
It is worth remembering that these boys have not had a normal start to their lives, and although we try to make the cattery as pleasant an environment as possible, it can never replicate a real home-and this is what they really need as the next step in their journey to becoming well-rounded, happy cats.
This won't be an easy fix, so they'll need understanding humans who don't expect too much of them and are willing to take things at their pace. While both cats can be distrustful of people, it is worth mentioning that they have NEVER shown any aggression at all, shrinking away from contact rather than swiping or even hissing. That said, we still think an adult-only home would be ideal, simply because they boys need quiet and calm while they adjust.
They could potentially live with other animals, they have co-existed happily with other cats here at The Holdings, though they can easily be dominated by bigger personalities so any cats already in the home would need to be gentle and accepting of others.
These boys have been through a lot and they deserve the chance of a normal life now. If you would be interested in providing what they so badly need, please contact our team on 01905 821272 (option 2) after 11am or complete a Perfect Match form.
- Status:Needs Home
- Gender: Male
- Fur colour:Black
- Fur length:» See description
- Age(When Added):9 Month(s) Old
- Indoor/OutdoorAccess to Outdoors
- Can live with children: No
- Can live with dogs: Not Sure
- Can live with other cats: Yes