DOTTY NEEDS A HOME
With some of our cats who come into care you realise life (or rather humans) have dealt them a really rough deal, and Dotty is just that cat.
She came into Branch care in April having been a stray at the Mere Co-op for almost two years. Locally people were familiar with seeing her around and she had a warm bed in the Co-Op greenhouse and was fed. Then in April due to work being carried out in the Co-Op garden Dotty was caught and brought to the Branch. Initially it was a difficult relationship!! Dotty didn't trust humans and certainly didn't want to be loved or stroked. However, as the weeks went by Dotty suddenly realised that perhaps humans weren't that bad! She had a warm pen to sleep in. A comfortable bed and her own chair with a cushion to curl up on in the sun and food was plentiful. If she got fed up with one particular brand then her carers spent a lot of time tempting her with something else. Gradually she allowed us to stroke her and then one day she suddenly jumped up onto a carer's lap - and she suddenly realised what a human relationship could be like. She is now the most loving of cats and likes nothing more than having cuddles and she dribbles to show her pleasure. Plus she is a really pretty little girl .
Recently tho' her claws began to get caught in the carer's clothing and this would freak Dotty out so she was taken to the Vet for her claws to be clipped. Because it has taken the Branch several weeks to gain Dotty's confidence she hadn't been to the Vet's for the usual Medical all our cats undergo. One of the things we do is blood test for FIV/Felv and Dotty came back FIV Positive we were all absolutely devastated!! So we are now looking for a very special person!! Dotty must be a "house cat" she must never be allowed to roam outside because if she had a fight with another cat she could pass the FIV on. Similarly she needs to be the only cat because sharing food or water bowls she could again pass FIV.
So have you always wanted a cat, but live on a busy road?? Or do you live in a flat and thought having a cat would be unfair?? Well Dotty could be the cat for you - since being with the Branch she has never shown any inclination to want to go out and she definitely doesn't like other cats. Her life has been hard and she deserves a break!!! - because she is FIV Positive doesn't mean that she can't have a happy and long life with the right person.
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