UPDATE: Paul is now reserved for adoption 🙂
Paul has recently made so much progress in his foster home that we’re completely revised his adoption advert. We’ve left the previous one below just so you can see how much things have changed.
Having had a couple of weeks with a loving foster family we’re completely re writing Paul’s adoption advert.
Paul lived quite a long time as a stray, possibly being abandoned (as so many kits are) at that age when he changed from being a cute little kitten into an adolescent who needed to be neutered. He’d clearly had a lot of knock backs when seeking for help and was generally very wary of humans, but managed to find himself a lovely young woman who fed him and finally gained his trust sufficiently to take him into the house and then get him into rescue.
He made some gradual progress here, and we got his wounds sorted, neutered, vaccinated, micro chipped etc. He needed more care and attention to bring him on than we were able to give here, so we found a fabulous foster home where he could live as part of the family. He’s really come on well since then, so much so that our thoughts a few weeks ago of homing him as a farm cat seem totally inappropriate now. He’s still shy ….. but the cuddly kitten we believe is under the surface is really starting to reveal itself.
This is some of what his foster carer says in her latest update about him:
Hopefully these [photos] show how much more relaxed Paul is. We think you, and the person who rescued him, are right in that he wants to be with people but just doesn’t know how to. There are many times when he is really relaxed and purrs when he is getting fussed. He’s also started rubbing up against us when we are feeding him and sometimes meowing, although that is sometimes preceded or proceeded with a hiss – he just seems to do it out of habit and not intentionally. Old habits die hard! He is happy to eat and use the litter tray with us in the room and isn’t startled anymore by the television/general noise of the household!! He’s also taken to sleeping on the rocking chair and will stay there when we walk in. Apart from eating, his favourite past time is lounging on the window sill in the sun. We have made attempts at playing with him and managed to engage a couple of times. He is definitely curious but still wary and probably hasn’t had the opportunity to play when life has been so harsh for him. We’re working on it…..
Paul is a really lovely chap – when you consider what he has been through he has never lashed out and I think given more time or a loving home of his own he will definitely thrive more. There is a cuddly kitty under there!!
Could you be the person who helps him to really thrive?
He’ll need to stay indoors for a good few weeks once in his new home …. probably more than your average cat … until he’s fully confident. After that he’d like to have a safe garden to explore. Ideally he’ll be kept in at night for his own safety. He’s probably not the cat for families with young children. He currently lives with two sensible teenagers and gets on well with them, in fact he’s aiding one of them by listening to her quoting Shakespeare in preparation for exams.
We always homecheck prior to adoption, and ask a minimum adoption donation of £70 for an adult neutered cat. . There’s more about our adoption process here: http://www.8livescatrescue.org/adoption-process.html and you’ll probably find more photos and stories about him here: https://8livescatrescue.wordpress.com/ and here: https://www.facebook.com/8Lives/
Paul has sadly lived as a stray for most of his life we think. He’s only a young lad (approx 3 years) but is very wary and anxious around people. It’s painful to imagine how he’s survived, he’s most likely had a lot of knock backs when he’s been asking for help. Thankfully he found a lovely young woman who fed him regularly and gained enough trust for him to be taken into her house when he was unwell and injured.
We’ve sorted his wounds and got him back to health. He’s now neutered and microchipped and has started his vaccinations. His flea and worm prevention is up to date.
He’s making some …. slow ….. progress towards confidence in rescue. Although he often hisses when approached, he hasn’t lashed out. He’s allowed our vet to examine him and treat him without sedation or injury. He’ll take treats, gently, from hands. Although he’s wary whilst people are in his room, our web cam shows that he’s able to relax indoors whilst left in peace: http://www.8livescatrescue.org/content.php?page=cam The young woman who fed him and got him into rescue felt that he badly wanted to be friends but was just too anxious to do it, and our experience fits with this.
We’re currently wavering between asking for a very patient indoor home where he can gain his confidence at his own pace, or an outdoor home where he can do his own thing, but hopefully learn to trust the people who are caring for him. Whether indoor or outdoor, he would need to be contained for several weeks so that he knows where he’s being fed and cared for.
Could you be the person who helps turn his life around?
We always homecheck prior to adoption. There’s more about our adoption process here: http://www.8livescatrescue.org/adoption-process.html and you’ll probably find more photos and stories about him here: https://8livescatrescue.wordpress.com/ and here: https://www.facebook.com/8Lives/