We first met Harold some weeks before he came into rescue. I came home one day and he bounced up the garden to meet me, and climbed on my lap for cuddles. He mentioned that he was very hungry so I got some food and the microchip scanner. He wasn’t neutered or chipped … and minutes later he wasn’t hungry either. We banged the jungle drums of local social media. It wasn’t long before we found at least 3 other photos of him on a local page and other people asking the same questions about where he belonged. He was still here the following day and gave our cat sitter the same rapturous welcome. We didn’t have space to take him in at the time and although we’d have been happy to keep feeding him, he moved on after that …. possibly under the persuasion of the other stray we’re feeding whilst waiting for a rescue space. We kept in touch with the other people in the area who were feeding him … and when a space came available we went to fetch him.
He really is an adorable chap and I’m guessing that’s how he’s survived living rough. He’s a biggish chap but our vet thinks he’s probably only about a year old. He probably has the same sad story of lots of young cats his age. They’re loved as kittens but then as they get older and need neutering and aren’t tiny and cute any longer they’re dumped, wondering what on earth they did wrong.
He’s neutered now, and microchipped and has started his vaccinations. His fleas and worms are treated and he has a clean bill of health.
Harold will most likely settle happily into any family where he’s well fed and gets plenty of loves. We’ve not observed him with children but his nature suggests he’d be fine with any children who know how to treat a cat properly. He’s not mixed with other cats or dogs whilst here.
He’ll need to stay indoors for at least 4 weeks in his new home, but after that would like a safe garden to explore. Ideally for his own safety, he needs to be kept indoors, with access to a litter tray, at night time for the rest of his life.
All our adoptions bring 4 weeks free insurance through Pet Plan.
We always homecheck prior to adoption, and ask a minimum donation of £75 for each adult neutered cat.. There’s more about our adoption process here: http://www.8livescatrescue.org/adoption-process.html and you’ll find some more photos and stories about our cats on our blog: https://8livescatrescue.wordpress.com/ and facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/8Lives/