Not available for interstate adoption
Looking for love
Male Domestic Short Hair Cat
- Rescue group:
- Pet Rescue & Adoption Service
- PetRescue ID:
- Western Australia
Trooper is one of the special kitties and he was a "real little trooper" to survive his early experiences. But now he's a healthy boy with only some quirky looks and minor mobility issues. He's a friendly, shiny-coated, pretty tabby living the dream with his adopted brothers & mumma cat.
Trooper was found alone in a corner of a factory literally starving to death. He really was "skin and bone". He was utterly listless and when introduced to the mum cat he lay unable to help himself move or suckle although she had accepted him. The end of his tail was broken & had healed at a right angle, one pupil pointed permanently upwards and he had little control of his back legs (or his bowels later when food was put into him.) He looked about 4 weeks old but was 3 times the length of the 4 wk-old litter & we estimated his age to be around 9 weeks.
For a couple of weeks Trooper was syringe-fed kitten formula, electrolyte fluids and medications for diarrhea and stomach infections. Amazingly he stayed alive and then began to lap the formula and even eat kitten biscuits (very high quality kibble). Soon he was playing a bit and before long he was playing on the floor with his little brothers and even better, he regained control of his bowel movements. At that he didn't need any more medications and I knew the corner was turned the day I saw him finally suckling from his adoptive mum, a habit he kept up for more than a week. (see pics!)
So how is Trooper now? Well his eye and tail will always be the same - scars from who knows what terrible battle. His vision is good in both eyes and he seems to have normal coordination. His tummy is bigger than normal but it has never caused pain and all the nasty/dangerous conditions have been ruled out over time. His hind legs have "non-specific neurological deficit" and they sometimes look a little splayed. They lack normal muscle tone and he will never be a high jumper but he can run quite fast, play, stand on his hind legs to scratch his pole and make smaller jumps.
Trooper likes to be held and has a good purr in him. I'm sure he associates being cuddled with being fed and feeling safe.
Because of his eye, Trooper always appears to look a little sad or wistful but of course he isn't at all.
He has no idea that he is any different to his younger brother litter - all he knows is that he feels good and life is fun. Vets think he won't need any special medical attention in the future. He is even ready for his sterilisation surgery!
As with all my cats Trooper must live indoors only but in his case it's even more important as he would have a hard time defending himself, running for his life or climbing. A secure cat enclosure would be a wonderful bonus for him, 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 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 wormed regularly and is due to be desexed. Trooper is eating a very nourishing, high quality diet so he can develop to his fullest potential both physically and mentally. He has had his first vaccination & been microchipped.
See his notes for details on his unique physical features.
When you see the picture, read the profile & think "This is the one!" I want to hear from you! Please message me with your email address 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 mainly 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.
If the animal is returned to us at this later stage there is no refund.