“My name is Harry. I am misunderstood. The nice human ladies at the shelter where I’m staying understand me, but they can’t give me everything that I need. I really need a stable home, where I feel safe, where someone will love me unconditionally, despite my anxiety and fearful outbursts. I didn’t have a great start in life, being a kitten was hard, separated from my brothers and sisters much too soon, I didn’t get to learn what I’m supposed to do, what I should be afraid of and what I shouldn’t. I have been to stay with a few different humans, but none of them understood me. It’s not their fault, they don’t really speak my language. They do try, but it’s a hard one to master. I really like being around humans and love it when I have cuddles and a head massage, but I get scared and spooked easily, my hearing is so keen I can hear every little noise and sometimes it frightens me for a moment. Sometimes I’m not sure when I’m playing and when I’m getting too rough. For a little while now the nice ladies here have been giving me a meaty treat each day with something inside it, it has made me feel much better, but I do still sometimes get spooked, although my outbursts aren’t as bad as they were and are much rarer. I really need to live with someone who knows my language and can help me to see the world differently, they must have patience and can’t rush me. I need someone that has had a cat like me before so they know why I am how I am. I just need someone to give me a chance.”
Harry came to the shelter originally back in December 2016. His previous owner couldn’t care for him any more and Harry’s life wasn’t great. Being separated from his siblings at only 8 weeks old and sold from a pet shop, he has some behavioural difficulties.
We were originally advised by a cat behaviourist that one of the only options we had was to euthanise Harry, but we were not in agreement with this and knew we needed to give Harry every possible chance.
We were worried that he may have been suffering from seizures and that this could be the reason for him lashing out sometimes. Since starting treatment for this, Harry’s behaviour has markedly improved. He doesn’t get as anxious as he did, although can still get spooked a little at times.
Harry is a very affectionate cat, and we think he deserves the chance of living a great, normal life with someone that can see past his flaws and help him through his difficult times.
We are looking for a special person that would be able to foster Harry, firstly on a short term basis, whilst he is being weaned off of the anti-seizure medication, and if this is successful, with the view to have this person keep him for his lifetime, as part of our long term foster scheme.
If you think you have the experience to help Harry and provide him with the ideal home, please arrange an appointment to view Harry, by calling 0114 2724441 between 1pm-3:30pm any day and ask to speak to the Manager. Viewings are at the managers discretion and a home visit may be necessary.