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Sunday, February 27, 2022

Mitcham Homing Centre is appealing for a suitable home with an owner who can help manage Bobby’s health issues

Nine-year-old Bobby came into our care in February 2021, after his owner died.

black cat with yellow eyes

Despite various appeals and moving between branches and centres, he has been overlooked for a full year, possibly not helped by some ongoing health issues.

Bobby has inflammatory bowel disease, which is more common in older cats and, although there may be flare-ups, it’s a disease which can be managed by feeding an appropriate diet with regular veterinary visits to provide a good quality of life.

Bobby’s new owners would receive a full medical history from his time in care, along with advice on taking good care of him.

After not settling alongside other cats at the centre, Bobby was taken in by Linda Hamer, a volunteer fosterer with experience of helping cats who are struggling to cope with the rehoming centre environment. In the comfort of a home with someone to take care of him, Bobby was like a different cat.

black cat lying on floor

“When Bobby arrived at the centre, he spent those first days under his Hide & Sleep® stool, which is perfectly normal behaviour for many cats,” said Emma Goss, Volunteer Team Leader at Mitcham Homing Centre. “After a few days, we though that an indoor fosterer would be better for Bobby, so he was moved out of the centre to one of our specialist fosterers.

“Bobby has come on leaps and bounds after moving in with Linda, our fosterer. The transformation has been quite remarkable. He is now a friendly chap who loves attention and playing. He is far more relaxed and has become a happy, affectionate cat.

“He has shown how affectionate he can be and, when he arrives in his new home, where he can come and go as he pleases, we believe he will settle and become even more friendly, more trusting.”

black cat with white tuft of fur on his chest

Bobby’s foster carer, Linda Hamer said: “We have become very fond of him. From being a real scaredy-cat when he first arrived, peering out from his makeshift house, a large cardboard box, he now spends most of his time out and about in his room. He has become an extremely friendly cat and a good companion. A real gentle giant.”

Linda also added that Bobby seems to prefer the company of men: “If he is in his box when my husband goes to see him, he immediately comes out to play, enjoying rolling around, being stroked and having his head rubbed. He is more reserved with me, preferring to sit and watch me fill his bowls and provide cleaning services. He seems more comfortable with men, which is something to be considered with his next home.
  
Bobby is looking for a quiet adult-only home where he can be allowed time to settle in. He has shown to be more at ease with men so a home with at least one male could be ideal to help him settle and become a lifelong friend and grateful companion.

If you would like to offer Bobby a home, visit the Mitcham Homing Centre website or contact them on mitcham@cats.org.uk or 03000 120 285.
 
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