Cat Purchased Online Now Needs New Home

Cat Purchased Online Now Needs New Home

A black and white cat, who was bought online and later left no longer wanted, is now on the lookout for the purrfect home.

The one-year-old, named Noddy, was purchased from a website after the buyer recently lost one of their cats and decided to get another. Before buying they hadn’t checked Noddy’s background and didn’t know whether he would get along with their other cat.

Unfortunately the buyer wasn’t given advice and support on how to introduce the cats correctly and, sadly, Noddy took an instant disliking to their other cat.

Mayhew’s Cat Welfare Coordinator, Georgina Disney, said: “Had the buyer visited a rescue shelter like Mayhew to adopt a new cat, we would have made sure that the kitty they adopted was cat friendly and that they had all the advice and support they needed to ensure a slow and proper induction was done with their other cat.”

“After less than a week, when it became clear that Noddy would not accept another cat in the home, the buyer contacted the seller as they had promised that they would have Noddy back if it didn’t work out. But sadly this wasn’t the case and the seller got back in touch to say they had recently moved and was unable to have the cat back.”

Sadly the buyer decided they could no longer look after Noddy and he was later brought into Mayhew. Thankfully Noddy was in good health and had already been neutered.

Georgina Disney added: “Since being in our care, we have assessed that Noddy does not like other cats and therefore we do not recommend he lives in a household with another cat.”

Mayhew’s Head of Animal Welfare, Zoe Edwards, said: “There are so many unwanted animals in rescue centres like ours that have come from people who buy pets without checking their background first or taking into consideration the responsibilities and needs of the pet.”

“At Mayhew we do not judge and we are here to assist and advise pet owners on the best course of action for their animal.”

“Mayhew is a member of the Pet Advertising Advisory Group (PAAG), which aims to ensure that pets advertised for sale are done so legally and ethically. It also aims to raise public awareness of the need to act responsibly when buying pets from websites and the need to do research before making any purchase. We ask that owners think responsibly about where they get their pets from and consider adopting a rescue dog or cat instead.”

After receiving a thorough health check from Mayhew’s Vet Team at their on-site Community Vet Clinic, Mayhew staff put Noddy in foster with one of their experienced carers, so he could enjoy a loving home environment until he was ready to find his happily ever after.

As soon as Noddy was ready, he was put up for adoption on Mayhew’s website and is now waiting for the purrfect home.

If you are interested in adopting Noddy or any other cats in Mayhew’s care, please visit or call 020 8962 8000.

Every year Mayhew’s Animal Welfare Officers and Community Vet Clinic respond to hundreds of animals in need. Please consider a donation to help them help even more animals like Noddy by visiting

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30 thoughts on “Cat Purchased Online Now Needs New Home

  1. chrisscatmeow says:

    Really annoys me when this happens. Why do people think there’s rescue centres out there. I,m sure Noddy will now find the right loving,caring forever home. ????

  2. angela1313 says:

    Ihave helped in some where people had to rehome cats. It strikes me that while the buyer was a bit naive, they weren’t trying to get something for free. More at fault to me is the seller, who obviouly either knew they were moving or lied using that as an excuse, and wanted to get some money for a cat they no longer wanted, not caring about either the cat or the buter. Here in the U.S people have been trying for years to ban this sort of selling of animals on things like Craigslist. Sometimes the buyers turn out to be people who collect the animals and resell them to laboratories or to dogfight rings. I do hope he finds a good new home where he can be the enter of attention and get some love.

  3. syl65 says:

    I’m glad Noddy was taken to the shelter and not just abandoned somewhere. People really need to think things through before adopting/purchasing or bringing a new pet into the home.

  4. Nora Hamilton says:

    Noddy is a very handsome cat. At least he wasn’t abused. It is a shame, but I think the seller was probably lying. I hope Noddy finds his furrever home soon!

  5. cheshirecatslave says:

    I agree it is better to adopt or rescue, but when one of my old cats died, my surviving cat was pining and refusing to eat. All the local rescue centres will not let you adopt if you live on a main road as I do, so the internet was the only option. (I asked around friends but none knew anyone with kittens)I found a wonderful kitten who helped my old cat live another two and a half years and grew into a super cat. I then needed to find him a companion and the seller has become a friend. The two cats bonded at once. Last year, I was finally able to realise my dream of adopting with a cat from Greece. The rescue centre let me have him as long as he was kept an indoor cat,as my others are.

    • Marc-André says:

      Yes not always is the internet a bad place. It’s more about a warning to do your research of a cat / person before going into it. 🙂

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