Age: 6 years approx
Ref Number: 154
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Rehoming – Profile
Reggie came into our care as his owners could no longer look after him/give him the care he needed/any other ideas?
Behaviour observations on site:
This is poor Reggie’s second time in our care and he really struggles with the cattery environment. We know that he finds being here very stressful so was quickly put on some medication to help with his anxiety.
Reggie can be very wary of your intentions to start with and will hiss when he first meets you to inform you to keep your distance. Feeling safe and listened too is really important to Reggie, so for this reason we have closed off his inside unit so he was a safe place to retreat to if he wishes. He really doesn’t like being cornered or restrained.
Trust is a massive thing for Reggie. We have had a complete hands off approach with him so far and everything is done on his terms so he knows we are listening to him and understand him. He has been working very closely with a few members of staff to help build a bond with him and maintain consistency. He is starting to initiate contact with them and will happily rub around their legs and is even starting to jump up on their lap and rub around their arms, he is really beginning to show what an affectionate boy he can be. At the moment we are still letting Reggie do all the work in initiating any contact he wants and we are remaining hands off.
Reggie is a complex cat who has had quite a lot of conflict in his life so it’s essential his new owners give him plenty of time and space to settle. For this reason we are looking for a very specific home for him.
- Reggie is looking for a large house where he has his own room exclusively for his use that will remain a safe haven for him.
- A complete hands off approach and any contact to be initiated by Reggie on his terms and once he is fully settled.•
- Experience with nervous/reactional cats is essential.
- Ideally in a semi rural area with an enclosed garden for him to go out in if he wishes. In his previous home Reggie had the option to go outside but chose not to, before that Reggie was a flat cat and his owners felt he became frustrated with the confinements of his surroundings.
- A low cat populated area. We believe Reggie chose not to go outside as there were a lot of neighbouring cats that would visit the garden so he was conflicted on whether to go outside or not.
- It would be worth considering registering with a vet that does house visits as Reggie has had several traumatising/negative experiences in visiting vets recently for routine appointments.
- You will get full support from our behaviourist team whilst Reggie is settling.
Reggie does get quite worried with surrounding noises and sudden movements so needs a calm, quiet and predictable routine in an adult only home with no other pets, to limit the barriers and give him the best chance of settling. Reggie will go to his new home on his medication to help with the transition and through the support of our behaviour team, he will be gradually weaned off of it.
We reserve the right to remove a reserve at any stage of the adoption process if we believe it is in the best interest of the cat.
Reggie has no known medical conditions.
Adopters should consider that previous medical conditions will now not be covered by insurance. Adopters are responsible for the on-going medical costs once the animal has been adopted.
Reggie cannot be homed in Gosport or Bitterne and his adoption fee is a minimum donation of £80.