Feline Network Cat Rescue: Can you offer a home to a golden oldie?

Torbay Weekly

This week seems to have been golden oldies' week!

We took in a cat at the beginning of the week, seven years old and the family were devastated to see him go.

Unfortunately, he just could not settle with their little baby, so he will soon be up for adoption, and will be looking for a quiet, pet and child-free home.

We also took in two cats who are 12 and 15 respectively.

The owner was going to live abroad and was not in a position to take the cats.

Older cats are often harder to place, people prefer kittens, but an older cat will be calmer, will not pull your curtains down or run up the back of your legs!

They can seem so bewildered when going into rescue, being ripped away from their home and everything they know.

Please do contact us if you are interested in offering a home for an oldie.

The other cat I have been dealing with was quite upsetting.

A member of the public presented us with a cat who was found in a public park, seemingly quite distressed.

However, a while later a possible owner came in to see if the cat was theirs.

This cat was older, in a filthy state, full of fleas and with a very sore neck, possibly from flea dermatitis or similar, the neck was hot to the touch which could suggest infection.

We did the usual vet checks, checked with the microchip reunification company and as the details matched, we had to release the cat into their care, with some words of advice on flea prevention and a suggestion that the cat might need the vet.

We try hard to work in the community to help people with their cats, so we find it upsetting when we see a cat in this poor state.

On a plus note, we have rehomed the last two of our lovely kittens, who went off to their lovely new home.

It's bitter-sweet for the fosterer to see their charges go - you do get attached to them, but knowing they are in your care for a short time only.