Meet Sparkles:

Little Sparkles has had a rough time over the last 6 months and is looking for a special home with experienced cat owners who have the patience to give her a chance to shine.

Sparkles is a neutered 5-year-old cat who came into our care from a multi- cat, multi-child environment just before lockdown. Changing home was very, very hard for Sparkles who shut down emotionally, showing no interest in anything.

Over time, her character slowly started to emerge. She is a very affectionate cat who when happy, rolls around showing off her tummy and purring loudly. She has a quizzical face and the cutest white tip to her tail! She loves a tickle around her ears and being gently groomed. Her favourite foods are fishy ones, wet and dry, but she does better on grain-free food, as others can upset her stomach.

Sadly, she doesn’t show any interest in playing and will only eat treats (she loves the creamy lick ones!) when she feels safe, after a good deal of fuss. She still becomes ‘skitty’ easily, so a quieter calm home without young children is what she needs. She’s very good with other cats.

Early on we noticed she had urinary issues. It has taken nearly 4 months and several courses of medication to clear up what appears to be a very long-term bladder infection. Whilst she is a compliant patient, taking her meds and being handled by the vets, this obviously increased her stress levels.

Whilst she mostly uses her litter tray, she can urinate on the floor nearby – having ruled out medical issues we believe this is behaviour linked to stress. She’s been in a pen for over 5 months now, so her stress levels are quite high, and she desperately needs to be out and about. We have trialed out indoor fostering with Sparkles, and the stress toileting has stopped!

Sparkles would initially need to be kept indoors for 4-6 weeks and needs a home where she can be housed in a room where her stress toileting will not be a problem during this transition. She needs quiet and gentle reassurance after stress toileting, as she seems to expect a negative reaction. Sparkles is used to clay litter, so be would be recommending that for her to use.

Once she is settled in her forever home this behaviour should settle down and we would recommend her having access to the outdoor so she can toilet outside.

Sparkles is fully inoculated and given a clean bill of health – all she needs now is a loving home and the time to learn to trust again.

Gender Female
Age 6
Breed Domestic short-hair
Colour Black and White
Can live with cats Yes
Can live with dogs Yes
Can live with a family Yes
Can live with mature family Yes
Indoor cat No
Access to Outside Yes