Shy cats can often get overlooked but just because they are quieter in the cattery does not mean they won’t make the perfect companion.
A cat can be shy or timid for a number of reasons, they may have been through a trauma, they could still be very young and learning the ropes, or maybe they are just waiting to find that special someone who can bring them out of their shell.
At the RSPCA Southall Cattery there are currently some timid cats who are looking for purr-fect homes.
Aneel Odhwani, animal care assistant at Southall in London, is urging prospective owners to give shy cats a chance.
He said: “All cats personalities’ are very unique, some might be feisty and some might be quieter but they could all make a great companion.
“Unfortunately this is quite a common problem which we see all over the country. People just don’t give shy cats a chance.
“People walk through catteries and don’t notice the timid ones as they pass through because they don’t go up to strangers immediately. The confident cats who stroll up to people are much more likely to catch someone’s eye.
“It is such a shame as just because a cat is shy in a cattery doesn’t mean they don’t make loyal, sweet-natured and often playful companions once they have settled in a home and have got to know their owners.
“Some might say that this extra bit of a challenge makes the bond between owner and cat all the more unique.
“The shy cat won’t go up to any old stranger with their love – it would be especially for you.”
Two year old Sindy was hit by a car in February and brought to Harmsworth Animal Hospital as she was unable to walk.
The black and white cat was found under a car by a passer-by in Brent and brought to the RSPCA for treatment.
No owner was ever found and so after a month of treatment she was back on her feet and arrived at Southall in March looking for a new home.
Aneel added: “She has recovered from her ordeal now but Sindy is a very shy cat. She’s not going to be anyone’s lap cat but she does want to make friends.
“She would suit a quieter, adult-only home with a more experienced owner who understands her need to do her own thing.”
Three-year old Betsy is another cat who needs a little patience and lots of space.
She came in to Southall in March from a multi-cat household in London where 10 cats were living in total.
She shies away from the staff at the cattery and would rather be running around a field or out and about.
She would suit a home on a farm where she can have plenty of space to run around and be herself.
Paris and Andie are two timid foster sisters who are bound to come out of their shell soon.
The three month old kittens were brought in separately in April but have become foster sisters during their time at Southall.
Paris was found as a newborn with her mum in a back garden in London whereas Andie came in at about two weeks old without a mum. The pair have since become thick as thieves.
They are still quite timid but staff are sure they will grow out of this and will benefit from lots of company.
They will need a home with adults-only or older children who are used to cats. The new owners will also need to be experienced with cats as the pair are flu carriers.
Aneel added: “Shy cats can take some patience but in the end we’re sure it will be worth it.
“Southall Cattery is at full capacity and this isn’t a rare occurrence. We’d love it if more people took a chance on quieter cats and gave them the loving home they deserve.”
To rehome Sindy, Betsy, Paris or Andie, contact Southall Cattery, Hounslow, London on 0300 123 0746, or visit https://www.rspca.org.uk/local/southall-cattery/findapet#onSubmitSetHere
Or visit the national website at www.rspca.org.uk/findapet
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