3 years 6 months
15 Aug, 2020
|No||Interstate adoption (WA)|
For the first couple of weeks Trooper was here, I syringe-fed him kitten formula, electrolyte fluids and medications for diarrhea and stomach infections. He had been found alone in a factory starving to death. He was terribly emaciated and when introduced to a mum cat he was too weak to suckle though she had accepted him. The end of his tail had broken & healed at a 90 degree angle, one pupil looked permanently upwards and he had little control in any way over his rear end.
Amazingly he stayed alive and began to lap the formula and then eat very high quality kitten food. Next he was playing a bit and within a month or so he was on the floor with his little brothers and even better, gained control of his bowels. At that, he didn't need any more meds and I knew the corner was turned the day I saw him finally suckling from his adoptive mum. (see pics!)
So how is Trooper now? Well his eye and tail tip will always be the same - scars from who knows what terrible crisis. He has decent vision and normal coordination for daily activities.
He has a "non-specific neurological deficit" so his hind legs lack normal muscle tone. He will never jump high but he can run quite fast, play, stand on his hind legs, scratch his pole and make low jumps. He's developed a muscular chest & forelegs by compensating for his weakness & he climbs small heights.
He enjoys being held and carried. I'm sure he associates cuddling with being fed and feeling safe. He's affectionate and really loves smooching!
He uses the litter tray and his short coat is really thick & soft.
Because of his eye, Trooper always appears to look a little sad but of course he isn't at all. He has no idea that he is different from the other cats - just that he feels good and life is fun. He is quite unafraid of anything.
In late 2019 he had quite major surgery to fix a ruptured cruciate ligament and a badly broken hip. He recovered from this extremely well and now gets around better than ever!
Trooper would suit most homes but needs to be where nobody overtly hassles him. Toddlers or boisterous dogs would be too much for him. But he has grown up with friendly dogs and cats of all ages so is fine to move into a large family.
He is bonded with his foster brother Mike - they sleep curled up every night - it would be great if he was adopted with Mike (click on Rescue name to see him) but he's fine to go on his own as well since he has quite an independent spirit.
In most ways, Trooper is like any other cat. He has the heart & spirit of a snuggly feline who loves to kill his toys. His favourite toy is any small ball. He will play soccer for ages if nobody steals it from him! He also plays with several toys that include a ball to be batted round & round or along a tunnel and a laser light. Like all my cats here he is an avid hunter and certainly gets his share of moths and other insects. He really is amazing in his adaptation to the world. He will give a certain someone the exact thing that's been missing in that person's or family's life. A cat like no other.
As with all my cats Trooper must live indoors only, but in his case, it's crucial as he would have a hard time defending himself in a real fight or running for his life. A secure cat enclosure would be a wonderful bonus for him but since he cannot jump high, certain well-fenced back yards may also be ok for him to go outside for short times - but an enriched household (with cat towers, scratchers & plenty of toys), some good window seats & views of outside perhaps with a screen door or window to look through & sniff the breeze, and lots of attention should be adequate. Trooper is an active and curious boy and would love to have furry members of the family to play with but lots of attention from his humans would be ok too.
Located in Yanchep.
Trooper is eating a very nourishing, high quality diet so he developed to his fullest potential both physically and mentally and we will ask the adoptive family to continue feeding the same quality. He had his kitten vaccinations & was microchipped and sterilised. He is wormed regularly and flea-treated occasionally, just to be sure, because here there are dogs going in & outside. He has just had his booster vaccination (April 8 2020).
See his notes for details on his unique physical features. We think most of his unusual features were caused by trauma - to his head and lower spine. Because of his skeletal issues which have caused arthritis he will need a Zydax injection annually, or whatever fancy treatment is invented in the future for this common condition. This will help him enormously with mobility and any pain issues.
When you see the picture, read the profile & think "This is the one!" I want to hear from you! Please message me so I can send you an application form. Although it's important for these adoptees to find their forever homes asap, there will be an informal interview process to see if you both match. This is the difference between adopting & buying and it serves the really important purpose of keeping you together for life. All family members will be included in the adoption process. Everyone counts.
1. Message me.
2. I send you an Application form via email.
3. I will phone you.
4. Meet & greet.
5. 2 week (or more) trial adoption.
6. You have a new family member!
The adoption fee shown on each listing partially covers the cost of the vetwork needed before adoption & it allows rescue continuity. It is seriously much cheaper to adopt from a rescue than to get a "Free to good home" & organise all the vetwork yourself.
Once it's been decided that you will trial your possible family member, you will complete the adoption form, pay the fee & take him/her home to see for sure that the fit is right. The settling in process can take some time or it may be almost instant. If after a while (around 2 weeks) it becomes apparant that the chemistry just isn't there, the animal can be returned for a full refund. Please be aware that this is not a failure for either you or the adoptee. It simply didn't work & there is no blame.
If the adoption goes ahead but some unforseen circumstance rises in the future, near or far, where you must be separated, your pet MUST be returned to PRAAS; not rehomed by yourself. We have rescued that animal & we need to know that he/she is safe for the rest of its life. It may be that you have a wonderful next home to move them to, in which case please let us know.
3 years 6 months
15 Aug, 2020
|No||Interstate adoption (WA)|